I am trying to decide whether to have custom bookcases built or just try to
find some free-standing ones.
I got a quote from a local cabinet maker for a painted 10' x 10' unit that
is 12" deep on the top part where there is open shelving and about 16" deep
on the bottom where there will be cabinet doors.
The quote is approx. $6000 and I was surprised at the high cost. I live in
Louisiana -- anyone have opinions on this price???
Also, any suggestions where I might find some really nice bookcases (open on
top with cabinets on bottom -- very tall preferably) either online or b&m??
Thanks for your help!
Price depends on quality. So if the quality is high $6,000 is cheap.
If the quality is "builder special," then it is high.
I built my own and they are just want I wanted. Not too hard. but if
you have to ask how, I suggest not doing it yourself.
My dh is pretty handy and often tackles tough projects. I'm not sure if he
would want to do this due to the amount of time it would take him. He
probably has all of the tools needed so that's not an issue.
How long did it take you to build yours and what size did you build? How's
about a picture?!
I'll try to put a photo up tomorrow. It took me a couple of days and a
couple more to finish it. It was about eight foot tall (9 foot ceiling.)
It was about 10 foot long. Construction is easy. I would guess I sent a
couple of hundred on it including trim and finishing.
I would say I put about 10 hours total time in.
Building them is really not difficult. I used Oak plywood. Just build
boxes five sides and screw them to the walls. Add a little trim, adjustable
shelves and you are done (one row of shelves was not adjustable to strength
6 grand seems pretty steep for <painted> bookcases. Now, if they were
hardwood with a nice grain and finish, I could maybe see that kind of price.
Before I even thought about laying out that kind of money, I'd at least play
the graph paper game and price out the wood to do it myself. If you want
painted, the wood doesn't have to be that pretty, just straight and no open
knots. Most of the box could even be made from plywood.
If your DH has a decent table saw or radial arm, and knows how to use a tape
measure and a square, shelves like this are one of the easiest thing for a
DIY to build. At worst case, they will look ugly. The house won't fall down,
and as long as they are tied to wall, they won't fall and kill anyone.
Bookstore or big-box will have lots of books with pictures showing how to
proceed, and big-box will have all the hardware needed to make the shelves
adjustable, if you want. Just when you start cutting, remember no room is
square, so you will either end up cutting each board to fit, or making a
nice square box and scribing some sort of moulding along the wall to
disguise the crookedness.
I think you are underestimating the project. I suspect the cabinetmaker
was quoting something along the lines of this:
except painted instead of varnished.
The units would be built of cabinet grade plywood and trimmed in solid
wood. This is not a project for the casual DIY, although it is perfectly
reasonable for someone to do it themselves.
Check with other cabinetmakers, also check with finish carpenters. You can
find someone to build something similiar for a few thousand, although the
fit and finish may not be as fine as the first cabinetmaker.
If your husband wants to build the carcass, he can buy the doors premade,
just google for 'cabinet doors'.
Google and Yahoo searches turned up some really nice looking Traditional
Bookcases with most of them starting around your local price. There's a
couple I could easily fit into my Craftsman Cottage style house.
if you can go with something not as tall, get 3 of either of these and
placing them side by side will give you shelving/cabinets below of about 6'
tall by 9' wide
add in delivery charges from office depot (or wherever you buy o'sullivan
furniture - it's available all over), and assembly charges (if you don't
want to or can't assemble them - actually pretty easy to assemble with a
screwdriver) paint the units if you want painted finish, and save the other
$5,000 or so
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