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Reader Query: How Can I Construct Symmetrical Bookcases Round This Fire?

Matt has had a really tough previous couple of days, so I haven’t been capable of spend a complete lot of time on initiatives recently. He wakened this morning feeling properly, however Wednesdays are the times that I spend at my mother’s home, after which my small group from church, so I don’t see myself getting any work achieved immediately, both. So since I don’t have any progress of my very own to share, I’ll in all probability take the following three days to get caught up on some reader questions! At the moment’s query is from a reader who didn’t go away her title, so I’m going to name her Jan. Simply because. 😀 (For those who don’t go away your title in your e mail, I’ll make one up for you. 😀 ) Anyway, her query is about her daughter’s fire with asymmetrical brick that she needs to construct bookcases round.

Jan’s Query:

My daughter and her household reside in a home in-built 1963. The lounge has a fire that’s (nearly) centered within the room; nevertheless, it doesn’t appear to be it due to the brick. My daughter is wanting bookshelves/cupboards on either side of the hearth with the mantel centered. The primary 2 photographs are from the itemizing when the home was on the market/empty. The third picture is for reference as a result of she needs the bookcase on the correct facet of the hearth to finish on the identical vertical spot as the other front room wall.

We’ve had one individual come have a look at it and he didn’t wish to do the challenge as a result of he thought it might be too laborious.
The place would you begin? Would you tear out the brick on the left facet of the hearth or construct a pretend backside cupboard over it? Any assist or recommendations could be significantly appreciated.

The Present Fire:

So let’s check out what Jan and her daughter are working with. The hearth itself is centered within the room, however as you’ll be able to see, the brick across the fire may be very asymmetrical.

On the opposite finish of this room there appears to be an space meant as a eating space.

And right here’s the drawing that Jan equipped exhibiting how they wish to flank the hearth with bookcases in an effort to make it centered in the lounge space, with the correct facet of the correct bookcase ending even with the wall of the lounge that’s reverse the hearth wall.

My suggestion:

If this had been my residence, the way in which that I’d sort out this may rely on could variables.

First, is that this your daughter’s ceaselessly residence? Or do she and her household solely plan to be right here for some time after which transfer on? If that is their ceaselessly residence, then they’ll sort out this both means primarily based upon their wants. Is symmetry their solely purpose? Do they want as a lot storage as they’ll get? Are they nice with a false entrance that appears like a cupboard, however really hides a portion of the fireplace?

Once you’re coping with your ceaselessly residence, the one questions you might want to ask are (1) what are my wants, (2) what do I would like this to appear to be, and (3) what shortcuts (if any) am I keen to tolerate?

If they’ll reply all of these questions and provide you with the reply that they’re nice constructing a false entrance cupboard over the left portion of that fireside, and that getting the aesthetics that they need (symmetry) is the essential purpose right here, then I’d say go forward and construct a bookcase proper over that brick, with a false cupboard entrance over the brick fireside on the left, and be achieved with it. That might undoubtedly be the much less time-consuming and costly choice of the 2.

But when she and her household are going to be promoting this home at any time, I’d contemplate the truth that any potential purchaser who sees a false entrance cupboard overlaying a fire would possibly marvel what different corners had been minimize in the home. I might suppose that will be a crimson flag within the thoughts of a purchaser, and would in all probability convey up a complete lot extra questions on the home. That’s simply one thing to contemplate, in my view.

Now with all of that mentioned, I might suppose by way of the design slightly extra, and the way that is going to look when it’s completed. The rationale I say that’s as a result of fireplaces flanked with bookcases are a quite common design, however in a lot of the designs I’ve seen, the hearth stands out because the dominant function, whereas the bookcases are recessed. Listed below are just a few examples.

There are in all probability 1000’s extra examples like this on Houzz, however I don’t discover any the place the bookcases are pushed ahead and the hearth is recessed.

By no means am I saying that you simply shouldn’t do that challenge as you envision. What I’m saying that that earlier than continuing, I’d discover some very clear, completed examples of bookcases flanking a fire the place the bookcases prolong previous the hearth and make the hearth look recessed, and see if you happen to actually like that look.

When there’s a fire in a room that extends from ground to ceiling, that fire is sort of all the time going to be the point of interest of the room. I do know some individuals could disagree with me, however in my thoughts, bringing these bookcases out and making a recessed fire looks as if it could find yourself wanting like a DIY challenge or an afterthought. However once more, I couldn’t discover any examples, so what I’m seeing in my thoughts could also be very totally different from what it really seems like. All I’m saying is that I’d simply be very cautious about leaping into this challenge with each ft earlier than really seeing some completed examples and ensuring it’s what you need.

One other factor to suppose by way of is that if that’s a working fire (particularly a wood-burning fire) the place there will probably be actual fires going within the winter, do you actually need a working fire recessed between bookcases constructed out of wooden? I don’t know the constructing codes in relation to fireplaces, however I feel that in all probability a essential cause we nearly by no means see fireplaces recessed between bookcases, and why they’re all the time extending into the room previous bookcases. That will not simply be an aesthetic/point of interest subject. It could even be a security subject.

If this had been my front room, I might have the brick faraway from the left wall in order that the hearth is symmetrical within the room, after which restore the wall behind in order that it matches the remainder of the room. (You didn’t point out in the event that they had been planning to maintain the wooden paneling or drywalling, however I’d make all of it match.) After which I’d forgo the bookcases, maintain the hearth because the standout point of interest of the room (possibly reface it someway so there’s not fairly a lot brick, or it’s a minimum of a special colour), after which adorn round it in order that symmetry is saved with the position of furnishings, like this…

Because the room has no home windows flanking the hearth, that very same symmetry could possibly be created with tall ornamental mirrors, or coordinating items of paintings on either side.

So to boil down my factors:

  • Whether or not or not you construct a bookcase over the brick, or tear out the brick, is totally dependent upon their targets, what they’re keen to reside with, whether or not they’re going to promote the home or keep, and funds.
  • Earlier than leaping into this challenge, discover footage of completed fireplaces like this, the place the bookcases will dominate and the hearth will probably be recessed, and actually be sure that’s a glance you’ll be happy with.
  • If this had been mine, I’d go about this a complete totally different means, by eradicating the brick on the left to middle the hearth, refacing or portray the hearth so it’s not fairly so visually heavy and darkish, after which creating symmetry within the room with furnishings, accent, and wall decor placement, in order that the hearth can stay the dominant point of interest of the room.

Alright, people! What recommendations do YOU have for Jan?

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