Transforming Spaces: Custom Built-Ins for a Stylish, Functional Great Room

Understanding the Issue

When our young family clients purchased their new home, they were thrilled with the space but immediately recognized a significant issue. The addition of built-ins was essential to address their needs. The great room, a central area for family activities, lacked both style and functional storage. The parents wanted a solution for storing children’s books and small toys while adding a stylish touch to the room.

Initial Assessment and Planning


We assessed the room and discussed the family’s needs and desires. It was clear that custom built-ins would be the ideal solution, providing much-needed storage and enhancing the room’s aesthetic appeal. We aimed to create a seamless, stylish addition to transforming the great room in Hoover, Alabama, into a functional and inviting space. The completed project reflects our commitment to meeting our clients’ specific requirements.

Designing the Solution

The design phase was crucial. We proposed custom bookcases with enclosed storage below to address the family’s needs. These built-ins would frame the fireplace, creating a focal point while offering ample space for books and toys. We decided to paint the cabinets the same color as the room’s trim and stain the countertops to match the fireplace mantle, ensuring a cohesive look.

Crafting the Built-Ins

Our team is set to work crafting the built-ins. Each piece was meticulously measured and constructed to fit perfectly around the fireplace. The cabinets were designed with both open shelving for display and enclosed storage to keep toys and books organized and out of sight.

The Installation Challenge

One of the most significant challenges of this project was the installation. These large, heavy cabinets had to be maneuvered through the house without damaging the walls or floors. Once inside the great room, we faced fitting the built-ins around the stone fireplace surround. This required precision and patience, as we used wide trim that was scribed to fit the contour of the stone.

Dealing with Existing Fixtures


Another obstacle was working around the existing electrical and gas fixtures. Careful planning and coordination were necessary to ensure these elements were not disrupted during the installation. We worked closely with electricians to reroute and conceal wiring, maintaining the room’s functionality while seamlessly integrating the built-ins.

Achieving a Seamless Fit

The wide trim around the fireplace posed a unique challenge. Scribing the trim to fit the irregular contours of the stone was tedious and time-consuming. However, this attention to detail paid off, resulting in a flawless, custom fit that looked intentional and elegant.

Adding the Finishing Touches

Once the built-ins were installed, we focused on the finishing touches. The cabinets were painted to match the room’s trim, and the countertops were stained to complement the fireplace mantle. This cohesive design combined the room, transforming it from a plain, functional space into a stylish, welcoming, great room.

Client Satisfaction

The final result was a transformed great room that met the client’s needs. The built-ins provided ample storage for the children’s books and toys while adding a touch of elegance to the room. The family was thrilled with the outcome, particularly how the built-ins framed the fireplace and became a focal point in the room.

The Impact of Custom Solutions

Custom built-ins provide functional storage solutions and enhance a space’s aesthetic appeal. The built-ins transformed this family’s great room, making it stylish and practical. This project highlights the impact of thoughtful design and meticulous craftsmanship on a home.

Are you looking to transform your living space with custom built-ins? Contact us today at Branham Services.