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Question DetailsAsked on 7/31/2014

I have designs from an interior designer for two separate custom wall units. Any recommendations?

Two wall units (one for livingroom, the other for a guest bedroom) design drawings with dimensions. Looking to price out the work to have these built instead of having my husband build them. Looking at cost, estimated completion date and positive references.

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Your Search the List categories are going to be Carpentry - Woodworking if built-in, or Cabinets or Furniture - Custom Made if free-standing.

A hint - make sure the modules (if modular) are not too big to fit through a normal staircase INCLUDING landing turns, and not too high - a LOT of people get custom bookcases or high-boys made to 7 or 8 foot height, then find they are a few inches too tall to put in most rooms (or to get through tight apartment building staircase landings because they are too tall to stand up to go around the corner) as many are 1-2 inches shorter than 7 or 8 feet due to economy studs, drywall or textured ceiling thickness, flooring thickness, etc. You actually see a lot of 6'8 to 6'10 and 7'8 to 7'10 ceilings around - very rarely full 7 or 8 foot since they started making the #%$&** economy studs. Yeah, really aged myself there - at times I slip and still try to build to the old memorized true 8' stud dimensions and old 1/4" planing rather than 1/2" planing loss dimensional lumber dimensions and make a cut mistake from time to time because of it. Gets to be more fun in our area because we get both US and Philippines and Canadian lumber at times, all of which are to different mill dimensions.

Also, remember tilting a cabinet up into place takes more ceiling height than the finish product height - so unless built on a stacking base which it can be slid onto horizontally, make short enough it can be tilted up into place.

Also - if tall, remember to include tieback / restraint provisions for earthquake/klutz stability purposes.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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