A Custom Built-In Entertainment Center
A lot of homeowners choose to put their TVs and stereo equipment on prominent display in the living room. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see the family flat screen bolted to the wall above the fireplace mantel. Not everyone is into that look, though, and the viewing experience can be awkward. (Read this article on how to sensibly position your TV).
Duncan McPherson, of Samsel Architects in Asheville, N.C., recently encountered a retirement couple who wanted to use their living room mostly for reading and relaxing. Since the living room shares a common space with the home’s dining room and kitchen, the clients wanted to keep the TV hidden most of the time. Duncan designed a custom built-in cabinet that highlights a gas fireplace, but keeps the clutter of TV and stereo equipment cleanly concealed. The unit is wrapped in fiber cement siding, which meets ASTM E 136 as a noncombustible material. Combined with a zero clearance fireplace, the arrangement offers the simplicity and safety the clients were looking for.
It’s not often that you see a modern home designed to keep technology at bay, but this design is certainly refreshing.
Architect: Duncan McPherson
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The living room is a place to read and relax. With the doors closed the tv does not impose on the space or interrupt the activity within it.
The custom doors open and close with magnetic touch latches and slide out of sight.
The side of the unit houses the client's stereo equipment and cd/dvd collection. Extruded aluminum moldings (www.fryreglet.com) create the corners.
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