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The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

Hello!  In the design course I’m taking right now I’ve learned that it is ideal (but of course not always possible) for each room you decorate to have an architectual feature.  Possible architectual features include fireplaces, woodwork, archways, beams on ceilings, crown molding, a bay window, built-in bookcases and the list goes on!

Here are some examples!

The ceiling woodwork, unique windows and window cabinets, and custom island.

A Designer


The built-in entry storage cabinetry and french doors.

Washington Park


Woodwork above the mantel, fireplace, built-in bookcases, and the woodwork on celing.

Danbury Way


The wood trim on the walls, crown molding, and coffered ceiling.



The alcove space, the wood trim on the walls and the trim around the front door.

Nantucket in the Palisades


The upper arched window, the vertical planking on the wall, the wood trim above the stove and on the wall and refrigerator, the custom island, and trim on the ceiling.

Traditional Kitchen
via Houzz


The window seat and window trim.

Mid Century Model


Older homes tend to have these interesting architectural details throughout the home.  These details give a home lots of charm and character.  However over the course of recent decades builders have learned that it saves them money to by pass such features.

Many homes built these days are what has been coined “builder-basic”.  These homes are very plain with no architectural bells or whistles.

If you have spaces that are lacking in architectual detail you may want to consider adding character to your home by DIY-ing some architectural features!

Today I am over at Remodelaholic sharing one of those possible features–A “Built-in” Media Wall Unit!

This is what my basement looked like before (the steel poles were not the archtectual feature I was really hoping for)!

DiY media wall storage unit before



And now the same wall after building a Media Wall Unit–SO much better!

Kid's Rec Room

The full tutorial for our basement Media Wall Unit is on Remodelaholic today, Here!

If you are new to the blog you can check out all my DIY wood projects, Here, many of which include ways to add architectural detail.

I have been loving the architectural detail I recently gave my hallway and for only $30.  It’s made a huge difference in adding character to our home!  Tutorial found, Here.

DIY wood projects
Foyer and Hallway

This weekend I’m working hard on the finishing details of my youngest son’s bedroom makeover which I am planning to share the reveal next week!!  I’ve incorporated some new architectural details in his room too!:-)

Are there ways you would like to add architectural detail in your home?  Let me know in the comments if there are any DIY wood projects you would like to learn to do to add character to your home and I can try to help!!

As always thanks for being here and if your interested don’t forget to check out the Media Wall Unit tutorial, Here!:-)


Have a great weekend!!



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