A chimney bumpout naturally creates recesses on either side that are ideal for built-in bookshelves and entertainment centers. For this niche beside a fireplace
in a newly constructed home, architect Jay Haverson designed
an open display case with a closed cabinet underneath.
A neoclassical arched top is reminiscent of details found in early American interiors.
The main difference is that the backs of those old niches were often curved like the inside
of a barrel. But Haverson's clients wanted a squared-off back to hold books and other standard-size items. The cabinets
below hide objects, like a box of long fireplace
matches, that the homeowners wanted to keep handy but not out in the open.
IDEA: Construct a platform to raise built-in cabinets 2 to 4 inches off the floor so doors will swing freely on their hinges. This is especially important in old houses with uneven floors that can cause doors to stick.