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I did a search for carpenters/built-in experts on this site and ended up going with one of the names given.  We went with Philippe Mougne (phmougne at yahoo).  He built a lovely bookcase/tv cabinet next to our fireplace over the course of about 3 days.  He helped us keep the costs low by recommending that we order the cabinet doors online (much cheaper than having him make them) and letting us paint the whole thing ourselves.  One tip: make sure all parties understand the drawings and plans completely and agree on a set price beforehand.   Another tip: we had several carpenters come by before we settled on Philippe, and some of them had very good ideas and suggestions for how to tweak our original concept (4 cabinet doors instead of 2, etc).  We borrowed their good ideas, and just gave them to Philippe to execute.  Mark at Victory Design and Woodworking had good ideas and another company (that I am searching for in my archives and can’t find!) of two women out of Silver Spring (they were mentioned on PoP!) had great ideas – they really know their stuff – but everyone was much more expensive than Philippe.  We know we made the “budget” choice with Philippe, but we really are happy with the outcome – lots of display and storage space in our little rowhouse without a big, heavy, clunky piece of furniture.  Good luck!