Nothing puts your square footage to better use than a built-in. Whether that means a desk framed within a seldom-used closet or a bookcase tucked into a niche beside the fireplace, built-ins maximize every available inch in your floor plan. Dead spaces can be transformed into functional space and the result is optimal organization for your home without adding square footage. Built-ins can be designed to collaborate with your existing architecture. The integrity of the time period in which the house was built can always be maintained.
Recessed built-ins require more planning and construction than ones that attach directly to the wall, but they are the best choice for conserving precious floor space. Homework stations are becoming quite popular. . To retrofit an existing bedroom for a built-in desk, you could colonize a closet or steal space from an adjoining room for a bumpout. Save desk space by building in recessed lighting. Use high-intensity, long-lasting xenon bulbs, and position the light switch within arm’s reach. Do not forget to include power outlets and phone and data lines nearby.
Built-ins concealed behind doors offer the perfect hideaway for food and beverage prep or work areas that might otherwise disfigure the appearance of a stylish area of your home. The ability to tailor built-ins to suit your particular needs and floor plan gives your new built-ins a functional advantage over store-bought furniture. For instance, if you have a need for a study, drawers can be built that hold office supplies, the middle ones are for hanging files, and the bottom ones stow newspapers and catalogs until they’re ready to be dumped into the recycling bin. Cubbies above the desktop are for organizing mail and cookbooks. Floor-to-ceiling shelves on the hallway side of the built-in create even more usable space.
The area below a window—often given over to houseplants and little else—presents an excellent opportunity for creative built-ins. The chest-high cabinets provide plenty of space for storing family china. Positioned directly under the sill, they add visual heft to what the designer considered to be an overly small window that was the sole focal point at the end of a long. Thirty-six inches is standard counter height for a stand-up desk, but you can vary the height so it’s comfortable for you.
The beauty of built-ins is that you can customize them to work best for the people who will use them most. They organize your clutter and make cluttered rooms clean and big. At the same time, they enhance the selling value of your home.
Built-in Storage Ideas.” www.ThisOldHouse.com Web. 30 June 2013.
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