I have recently added a new addition to my home. The bottom room of the addition is intended to be a game room. With two small children this translates into play room and means lots of toys everywhere.
In an effort to avoid this outcome, I am planning on creating a storage "system" for one wall of the addition. The storage "system" would be approximately 18' in length and 8' in height and 28" in depth.
I have developed a layout that includes a row of separated recesses on the bottom to use as book/DVD/VHS shelf areas, with the main storage areas--large cabinets with doors (27"x45" each)--above that, and a row of curio display recesses above the main storage areas.
Part of the reason for attempting a custom design is that as part of adding on the addition, we discovered that our house had no footer and were forced to pour a concrete "berm" against the back of the existing house. This berm protrudes into the new addition aproximately 12" for a height of 2'. It is my best guess that attempting to modify stock cabinetry would in the end be more expensive than building custom to being with.
The second reason is that the right 4' of the storage "system" is going to be false. The bookshelf and curio recesses will be present and functional, but the storage cabinets in that area will be hiding HVAC, plumbing, and electrical plant components.
My big concerns are:
- Making it look like furniture. Not a "wall 'o' wood". - Making it not look over-powering. Commanding OK. Over-powering No. - Make it at a reasonable cost.
I have some limited wood-working expereince and most importantly access to a friend with lots more experience and ability.
I was contemplating creating the face frame from cabinet grade playwood and then veneering. I did some reasearch with Rockler to determine the likely costs of pre-made doors and they aren't too awful. I am planning at this point to go with maple with a natural finish.
Any advice or ideas would be much appreciated.