From Eyesore to Highlight of the Room: After

Who: Emily S.
Where: Salem, MA

With a lot of planning and detail work, I now have a gas unit, beautiful mantel, built-ins on both sides, and a recessed flat-screen TV. It's the highlight of the home! The built-in cabinets and shelves on each side provide storage and media access. The heat from the gas fireplace is also a nice addition. There is a sneaky drop-down front panel under the mantel that hides electronics.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000

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