Built-in Bookshelf Enlivens Bland Room

Written by Nathan Jesse
Updated June 15, 2021
custom built-in bookshelves around living room fireplace
The bookshelves take up the entire wall and surround the existing fireplace. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Sarah C. of Aiken, S.C.)

When Sarah A. moved into her new home, she found a large, bland living room with just a fireplace.

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Sarah had many home improvement projects she needed to complete in the room and had a lot of open space to work with. The room was a square with four walls and a fireplace on the one side opposite the entrance to the living room. The room did have a window, so there was adequate light.

This being her first new home and her first child, Sarah wanted everything finished completely before they moved in. This way, they wouldn't need to work around someone in the home, the move would be much less stressful and they wouldn't have to deal with dust or noise that could affect the baby. 

Storage had also become a valuable commodity after having her baby boy. Sarah wanted a way to keep everything tidy, without clutter and safe from toys sitting around on the floor. Sarah wanted shelves that looked like they were a builder’s option and emphasized the fireplace. 

Deciding to poke around online, she started looking at bookshelves and other related or similar furniture. Soon, Sarah realized custom shelves would be the way to go because of the flexibility and the chance to give it a more finished, custom-built appearance.

She hopped on Angie’s List to research custom designers and woodworkers who could design and install something unique that met her high expectations. 

After selecting a contractor on Angie’s List, Sarah had him begin work before the move-in date. The project was completed successfully and on-time, and Sarah was pleased with the results. She had a great experience with the consummate professional, saying he did, “Impeccable work.”

The contractor she found, a lifetime handyman, had more demanding standards than her own, which gave her a lot of comfort and confidence in her choice. “He was super picky, down to the last detail,” she said.

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