Custom Built-ins and Your HVAC System
This winter has most likely rekindled your appreciation of your heating system, whether it’s a fireplace, radiator, or heating stove. The HVAC system (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) deserves some custom love, too. Since HVAC systems require clear space around vents and intakes and access to the unit controls to operate safely and efficiently, these spots in HVAC homes may remain undecorated or unsightly as a practical concession. However, CustomMade artisans can create custom built wall units that will reclaim those spots and add beauty to your home while safely accommodating your HVAC system.
Yeager Woodworking built a custom cherry door and ventilation cover that blend beautifully with the floor and furniture in the room. Imagine how the large wall intake would detract from the ambience of the room if it had been ignored. Instead, the louvered vent cover helps turn that corner into an attractive complement to the area.
Custom built wall units can facilitate access to HVAC control panels and units and bring a decorative touch and new life to a corner or niche in your home you may not have used before. Brian Cullen Furniture created a walnut HVAC grille and fir bench to hide an unsightly wall unit in the customer’s entry hall. A section of the grille can swing open for access to the controls, and the entire grille itself can be easily removed to service the unit. The custom bench adds a visual counterpoint to the strong vertical grille (and gives the customer a place to sit while he changes his shoes).
Air vents along your baseboards can severely limit your available furniture space, especially for pieces like bookcases or display cabinets, unless you take a custom approach. Tony O’Malley Custom Cabinetry designed these tall stack cherry bookcases not only to take advantage of the room’s angled high ceiling but also to integrate the HVAC ductwork into the bookcases’ base.
Birdie Miller of Birdie Miller Designs, Inc., creates “tailored rooms” where every detail and element is designed to create a special place for you and your family to enjoy. The heat convectors beneath the windows in this custom contemporary family-living room are integrated into the room with highly figured cherry paneling and adjacent storage cabinets that allow access to the heating controls. This custom tailored approach will make sure there are no loose ends stylistically or functionally in your home.