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Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

What do built in bookshelves cost?

Custom bookcases, cabinets, and built-in storage designs are priced based on a number of factors, including:

  1. Size (Height, Length, Depth)
  2. Depth of Base Shelves (are the base shelves wider than the upper shelves?)
  3. Number of Cabinet Units
  4. Countertops
  5. Open Shelving
  6. Stain Grade vs. Paint Grade Materials
  7. Arches or Header Details
  8. Custom Paint Colors
  9. Standard vs. Non-Standard Cabinet Sizes

See our photo gallery of fireplaces built in Raleigh new homes.


What does a built in bookcase around the fireplace cost? 

Fireplace walls are great spaces to add a built in bookcase. These walls are already "reserved" as focal points (with furniture spread among the other walls or open areas).   

If you're trying to decide on the best built in bookcase design for your budget, these photos will give you a good idea of how pricing works - with specific cost factors.  See why some bookcases are cost effective, while others are only found in luxury home designs.

Below are 8 photo examples that give a clear indication of what each cost factor can look like:

1. Bookcase Size

The height, length, and depth of a built in will affect the total cost. For open shelving bookcases, larger sizes mean more materials and labor. For cabinets, larger sizes typically require multiple units.

The fireplace bookcases in this great room stretch across the living room wall. If you want a "full wall" built in look for a lower cost, consider reducing the height of the shelves. This would leave wall space where you could display artwork (or add windows if it is an exterior wall).

 Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

Small bookshelves can still make a big impression, especially when paired with windows on each side of the fireplace:

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This living room photo is from a version of the Beaufort - a very popular Raleigh new home floor plan - see more photos here.

2. Depth of Bookcase Base Shelves

Complex configurations add cost to any built in design. The two base shelves on these fireplace bookcases are wider than the upper shelves. Varied depth bookcases can make a big impression in person, so this is one custom factor you should consider when considering cost/benefits on a tight budget.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo is from a version of the Brogan - see more photos here, a craftsman style home.

3. Number of Cabinet Units

The number of individual cabinet units also contributes to the total cost of a built in design. Typically, using two 24'' cabinets will cost significantly more than using one 48'' cabinet.

The wider, four-door 48" base cabinets in the living room pictured below, from a version of the Statesman, helped the Raleigh home owner save cost (compared to choosing a layout for four 24" cabinets that would fit into the same overall space).  The design made the room feel even larger and more open, with trim details that add visual interest.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

4. Countertop

When designing built in cabinets, manufacturers can include a finished "countertop" piece that rests on top and adds cost (when compared to how built in shelving works).   

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with cabinets on each side of the stone fireplace - is from a version of the Horse Country Estate - see more photos here.

5. Open Shelving or Floating Shelves

Open shelving can be a great design choice.  The cost of open shelving, compared to bookcases, can depend on the size, details, and paint.  In this design, the addition of a decorative header (designed to carry the line of the ceiling created by the upstairs walkway on the right side of the fireplace), cabinets, and counter top are each cost factors that contribute to the total.  

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This vaulted living room photo is from a version of the Elk Point - see more photos here.

6. Stain vs. Paint Grade

Most types of built in storage units are available in two "grades," stain or paint. While some of the cabinets pictured above are constructed in a stain grade wood, the bookcases below use a (more cost effective) paint grade wood.   For today's homebuyer, "stained" shelving and cabinets can easily feel dated, and an extensive area of stained finish can make a large room feel smaller.  

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is from a version of the Country Farmhouse - see more photos here.

7. Arches or Header Details

Arches or header details - like the white wainscoting design across these living room bookcases - are beautiful additions that can really add formality to a room.

These hand-crafted or custom details can add a little additional cost, but they can make a big difference in the look and feel of your fireplace surround (often the focal point of your downstairs living space).

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This living room photo - with custom bookshelves around the fireplace - is from a version of the Scottsdale - see more photos here.

8. Custom Color

Most built-ins are painted white, to match the interior trim color of the room. Adding a custom color inside a built in bookcase is another popular detail.  Because the painters must tape off each shelf, individually, to create this effect, this can add a few hundred dollars to the finish cost.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

These built in bookshelves around the fireplace include a custom color and lower cabinets. The photo is from a version of the Low County Farmhouse - see more photos here.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

This custom living room built in shelving unit is from a version of the Treehouse - see more photos here.

9. Cabinet Sizing

Another way to save cost on your built in bookcase configuration is by choosing larger cabinets, such as the 48" base cabinets here.  It's more costly to use three or four small cabinets in a space than to use one or two large cabinets.  

If cabinet units do not fit into the designated wall space, your builder will need to add trim pieces to make up the difference. Custom trim, painted to match, will look intentional.

Cost of Built In Bookshelves Around Fireplace | Raleigh New Homes

When working within a budget, you will want to compare each of these cost factors. Do you want to prioritize wainscoting details, custom colors, simpler (but wider) shelves, or a combination of these details? The choice is yours, and a custom home interior designer can help you weigh the options.  Stanton Homes offers a full menu of options in your Personal Build Portal for you to review before, or during, construction, in order to make your final decisions.



How much do custom built in bookcases, cabinets, and shelving units cost?

Exact pricing for built ins depends on the size, configuration, style, materials, and other custom details. 


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How much do custom built in bookcases cost?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

What are the most cost effective built in bookcase styles for the Fireplace?

Fireplace walls are great spaces to add a built in bookcase. These walls are already "reserved" as focal points (with furniture spread among the other walls or open areas).      

If you're trying to decide on the best built in bookcase design for your budget, these photos will give you a good idea of how pricing works - with specific cost factors.  See why some bookcases are cost effective, while others are only found in luxury home designs.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes


What does a built in bookcase cost? 

The best bookcase, cabinet, and built in storage designs are priced based on a number of factors, including:

  1. Size (Height, Length, Depth)
  2. Depth of Base Shelves (are the base shelves wider than the upper shelves?)
  3. Countertops
  4. Stain Grade vs. Paint Grade Materials
  5. Arches or Header Details
  6. Custom Paint Colors
  7. Number of Cabinet Units
  8. Standard vs. Non-Standard Cabinet Sizes

Below are 8 photo examples that give a clear indication of what each cost factor can look like:

1. Bookcase Size

The height, length, and depth of a built in will affect the total cost. For open shelving bookcases, larger sizes mean more materials and labor. For cabinets, larger sizes typically require multiple units.

 How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

The floor to ceiling height bookcases in this great room - a version of the Penelope - also stretch across the living room wall. If you want a "full wall" built in look, consider reducing the height of the shelves. This would leave wall space where you could display artwork (or add windows if it is an exterior wall).

2. Depth of Bookcase Base Shelves

Complex configurations add cost to any built in design. The two base shelves on these fireplace bookcases are wider than the upper shelves. Varied depth bookcases can make a big impression in person, so this is one custom factor you should consider when considering cost/benefits on a tight budget.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo is from a version of the Brogan, a craftsman style home.

3. Countertop

When designing built in cabinets, manufacturers can include a finished "countertop" piece that rests on top and adds cost (when compared to how built in shelving works).   

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo - with cabinets on each side of the stone fireplace - is from a version of the Horse Country Estate.

4. Stain vs. Paint Grade

Most types of built in storage units are available in two "grades," stain or paint. While the cabinets pictured above are constructed in a stain grade wood, the bookcases below use a (more cost effective) paint grade wood.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo - with bookcases on each side of the fireplace - is from a version of the Country Farmhouse.

5. Arches or Header Details

Arches or header details - like the white wainscoting design across these living room bookcases - are beautiful additions that can really add formality to a room. These hand-crafted or custom details add cost, but they can make a big difference in the look and feel of your fireplace surround (often the focal point of your downstairs living space).

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This living room photo - with custom shaped bookcases - is from a version of the Scottsdale.

6. Custom Color

Most built-ins are painted white, to match the interior trim color of the room. Adding a custom color inside a built in bookcase is another popular detail, that can add cost.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

This custom living room built in shelving unit is from a version of the Treehouse.

7. Number of Cabinet Units

The number of individual cabinet units also contributes to the total cost of a built in design. Typically, using two 24'' cabinets will cost significantly more than using one 48'' cabinet.

The wider, four-door 48" base cabinets in the living room pictured below, from a version of the Statesman, helped the Raleigh home owner save cost (compared to choosing a layout for four 24" cabinets that would fit into the same overall space).

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

8. Standard vs. Non-Standard Size

Another way to save cost on your built in bookcase configuration is by sticking to cabinets in a standard size, typically units that are 24'' or 48'' wide.

If cabinet units do not fit into the designated wall space, your builder will need to add trim pieces to make up the difference. Custom trim, painted to match, will look intentional; they will just cost more to construct.

How much do custom built in bookcases cost? | Raleigh custom homes

When working within a budget, you will want to compare each of these cost factors. Do you want to prioritize wainscoting details, custom colors, simpler (but wider) shelves, or a combination of these details? The choice is yours, and a custom home interior designer can help you weigh the options.



How much do custom built in bookcases, cabinets, and shelving units cost?

Exact pricing for built ins depends on the size, configuration, style, materials, and other custom details.  

Looking for popular home plans with built in spaces already added in? Here are some examples of floor plans with built in bookcases and other custom storage spaces throughout the home:

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.

 

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New Home Design Trends | Built in Bookshelves

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 @ 09:12 AM

Raleigh New Home Design Trends - Storage Ideas

Built in Bookshelves

 

Whether you're a book lover, or just looking for an appealing, permanent display area, a built in bookcase can add value and character to your new home.

There are many different built in bookcase styles.  Here are a few different bookcase ideas and pictures for your Raleigh new home.

Built in Bookcase Picture

 

Built in bookshelves are most commonly found next to the fireplace in the Family Room, Great Room, or Living Room. 

Bookcases can be set in to the wall, with a small bit of decorative trimwork outlining the bookcase.

Nearly all bookcases have fixed shelves with a standard space between.

 

 

  

Built in Bookcase Ideas and Pictures - New Home Trends - New Homes Raleigh NC

 

Built-in bookcases can be custom designed for a wide variety of different locations, including underneath a serving bar at a kitchen half wall.

The bookcase offers a nice storage area for books or bins, while the space still feels open.

Decorative picture frame trimwork and two piece crown moulding add appealing visual detail to the support column.

 

  

Built in Bookcase Ideas and Pictures - New Home Trends - New Homes Raleigh NC

 

Here's a photo of a built in bookcase that's just a little out of the ordinary, without being excessively expensive.  This bookcase fills the wall of one room, with two sections set back and two sections set forward.

The crown moulding and baseboard give the bookcase a nice finished look.

This bookcase style may not work for very small rooms.

 

 Built in bookshlef pictures

 

Built-in bookshelves can be included in many different locations throughout the home, including in hallways and openings.  

For this look, you'll want your builder to integrate at least the framed alcove during construction of the home, but the bookshelves themselves can be added later if desired.

  

 

 

Built in Office

 

 

Custom built furniture grade bookshelves and bookcases can be pricey. 

But the same "feel" can be obtained by using paint grade materials, then painting a deep color in a natural tone. 

 

 

 

Built In Storage

 

Floor-to-ceiling builtins can give you a classic home library look.

 

Talk to your builder ahead of time about the places you'd like to include bookcases.  He or she may be able to suggest some ideas for you.  Even if you don't include the bookcases themselves in your construction package, a prepared alcove with the right dimensions can make it very easy to add bookcases later.

Well-crafted, custom built in bookcases will add value, appeal, and enjoyment to your new home. 

Ask for more custom home design ideas.

 

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