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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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Built In Bookcases | New Home Builders in North Carolina

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 13:10 PM

Custom Built In Bookcase Ideas

Built in bookcases will add a ton of character - and practical storage space - to your home.

Popular locations for a built in bookcase include: surrounding the living room fireplace in, along a wall in the great room, inside a hallway, added to a home office, and tucked into a bonus room

Custom built in bookcase idea #1: Surrounding the Fireplace

Dual Bookcases Beside the Fireplace

When considering the layout of your living room, it's important to keep in mind that the fireplace wall will offer limited space for furniture placement.

This makes the fireplace wall an ideal space for built-in bookcases.

In this Raleigh custom home, the upper and lower bookcases are staggered, offering a combination of shelving and display options.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Bookcases designed for decorating

These bookcases offer storage inside, and they leave enough space above for decorating with tall items and artwork.  

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcases

These bookcases are symmetrical, but not identical. The right-hand book shelves are angled, for a custom fit to the space. This design maximizes storage space, and leaves the room open.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Painted bookcase idea

Painting the backs of your bookcases will help them blend into the room, and make the trimwork "pop". In this Raleigh custom home, the main wall color extends into the bookcases, creating a more integrated feel.

This design trick works especially well in rooms with darker wall colors, which contrast heavily against white bookcases.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #2: In the Great Room

Full wall devoted to bookcases

Many popular floor plan layouts incorporate windows on each side of the fireplace. If you want to keep natural light flowing into your great room, consider adding your built-ins to another wall.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Open concept bookcases

Open concept floor plans, like the one pictured below, offer more flexibility in where you place the built-in bookcase.

In this Chapel Hill custom home, the bookcase wall sits opposite the fireplace wall. Keep in mind: a minimum three foot walkway is recommended between your furniture and the wall.  This bookcase was custom-designed to include a piano niche.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Bookcase entertainment center

If you love built-in storage solutions, consider converting your bookcase into a full entertainment center with flat screen TV placement.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #3: Along a Hallway

Peek-a-Boo bookcases

These built-in bookcases play peek-a-boo with different lines of sight.

While these built-ins are located front-and-center, hallways are a great place to tuck bookcases designed for out of sight, but easily accessible, storage (for things like games, movies, and other items not intended for decoration).

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #4: In a Home Office

Color ideas for painted bookcases

If your home office is more formal, consider using two paint colors. The lower color should be darker, and the upper color lighter.

When painting the inside of your built-ins, the color is your choice, depending on how dramatic you'd like the room to feel.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Formal cabinetry bookcase design

Another way to add formality to your office is by adding flourish to the bookcase trim.

Lower cabinets will hide away more confidential items, while open shelves will offer ample storage.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Library style home office

Can't get enough storage? Consider wrapping two or three walls of your office in open shelving. This study is a book-lover's dream.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Custom built in bookcase idea #5: Tucked inside a Bonus Room or Basement Game Room

Love to play games? Then your bonus room or basement will need plenty of storage space. Consider the ease-of-use these open shelves provide.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

Built in storage for a loft

The loft is another great place to tuck a built in bookcase. Lofts are generally out of sight, making the use of your bookcases more flexible.

Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

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Custom Built In Bookcases | Built In Storage Ideas

When you build a custom home, you can add storage centers to all your favorite locations throughout your home.

Have a floor plan you love?

Stanton Homes can give you some great ideas for how to stack, place and arrange built in storage to suit your lifestyle.

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

 

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