If you can remember from last week’s article, the challenge was how to maximize the space inside a long narrow bonus room. We discussed last week how we recessed the large-screen LED TV cabinet in a side wall of the room; one other challenge for this bonus room was how to store a fairly large assortment of reading material, DVDs, etc.


We decided the end of the bonus room with the window wouldn’t work well for the TV because of the glare, but, if we worked around it, it would work well for a book cabinet. We designed and built two matching bookcases that fit neatly on both sides of the window with a window seat-type cabinet under the window that bridged the two bookcases.


The window seat worked out well to hold the DVDs and other recordings. The baseboard trim was fitted back around the TV cabinet and bookcases to complete the built-in look.


The finished cabinet arrangement framed the window quite well, and the window complemented the cabinetry, so they made a good team together.


The third challenge for this room was that the owner needed an office desk to share space with the furniture that would be used while viewing the TV. We designed a work desk around the working needs of the owner as she explained what would work well for her and her computer system.


A glass top overlaid the desk to protect the surface of the desk from pen and pencil marks. The materials for the desk, the TV cabinet and the bookcases were of the same wood species, door style, stain color and finish so that it brought continuity and balance to the room along with the beautiful selection of relaxing furniture the homeowners brought in and placed around the TV viewing area.


We all agreed that it was a good fit for the room and were pleased with the outcome, making me wish I had one in my home.


Skylights had been installed originally by the home builder and allowed natural light to fill the room during the day. Now that the office work is done, and my favorite book has been read, let’s sit back and watch a little TV – without ever leaving the room.


If you have a project you’d like to have addressed in a future column, email me at jdn.dm@comcast.net.


JD Norris is the owner/operator of DreamMaker Bath&Kitchen and a certified S.C. Master Builder, certified “Aging in Place” Specialist and certified Green Professional.