Our one client, who is a lawyer in Center City, already had an existing Mahogany closet that didn't offer enough storage. He wished to add on to the existing character of the piece with a built-in next to it for storing his collection of books and display pieces. There was also the issue of the existing radiator, which hampered anything he tried to do with the space previously.
As you can see from the sketch, we designed it so one bottom box houses the radiator, while the other offers more concealed storage. Both will have a decorative laser cut wood panel to enhance the elegance of the piece without hampering the flow of heat from the radiator. The radiator box will also be lined with a bubble foil insulation that reflects 97% of the heat out the opening, and not wasted by heating the built-in itself.
The style and proportion of the new piece plays well off the old piece, while offering a different purpose. The existing piece will also get a face lift, sanding, new clear coat, and new hardware. The old crown moulding and baseboard are being replaced to offer a better continuity with the new Mahogany built-in. Below are a few pictures of a sketch and the beginning of construction.