Lots and lots of good advice!
To try and answer some of the questions:
Budget: I would really like to spend less than $5K on the project.
Tools: Woodworking friend has a 32'x20' barn (I helped design the
truss system) filled with tools. Table Saw, Planer, Jointer, Shaper,
Drill Press, etc, etc, etc...
- I seriously considered paint, and I might end up there, but I really
like the look of wood and am willing to spend more to get it.
- Any pre-made doors I might buy will be unfinished.
- I get what your saying about using using CG for the carcass and
solids for the face frame. On reflection and after putting a budgetary
stake in the ground, I agree that the faces should be made from solids.
- I didn't mention it but I have already gone through the monolithic
block construction to multiple componentized boxes. Good advice though
- I am leaning fairly heavily to pre-constructed doors to reduce
reliance on friend.
- Regarding the door sizes. I have it laid out on a scale drawing
something like this:
| door | door | | door | | acquarium | door | | door | door |
This has the first two doors butted together, a space, the third door,
a space, the aquarium, a space, the fourth door, a space, and the two
"false" doors on the end covering the HVAC stuff.
- I think the biggest thing that will help it avoid the wall 'o' wood
look that I am trying to avoid, may be varying the depth of the boxes.
If I made the two middle door cabinet boxes and the aquarium box
protrude 3" beyond the others this might help break it up. I would
love to do the same thing with the heights but I can't shorten the
"false" cabinets or they would not be hiding what they need to...
- I like the bench idea. Very intriguing. I think one of the things I
was considering would help break up the wall 'o' wood look would be the
open book cases at the bottom. This way there would be other colors
and textures available for view. Making the whole thing open though
defeats my wife's desire to make everything "disappear" when we have
company. :-) So I need the doors on the main cabinets.
- I made a scale visio drawing, but I am going to make a 3D CAD drawing
with Solidworks... That will help my wife as well. She's not good
with 2D interpretation.
- Yeah the kids are beyond chewing age! Just barely. But by the time
the addition is done they will be well out of it. :-(
Thanks again for the great ideas, information, and advice.
Once I get it drawn up in Solidworks I can create a 3D image and post