Storage is often one of the most overlooked and under-thought-about aspects of a new, custom home build. Oftentimes, closets, attics, crawlspaces, and garages, offer more than enough storage to suit a person’s needs; however, what if storage could be both useful/functional, and, also beautiful? What if storage could simultaneously be a work of art, a place to display other works of art, and, at the same time, function as a storage place to tuck things out of the way—out of sight. The answer is built-ins. Built-in cabinets and shelves are unique, beautiful, and functional. Here’s how.
Built-in shelves and cabinets have a function in almost every room of the home. Let’s start with the most obvious and likely location: the living room/family room. Built-in shelving works for almost any home in this location, and, it’s a way to showcase both function and personality. Picture this: a wall of bookshelves, displaying books, art, pictures, deco, etc., all of it a customized representation of the person who lives there; then, below these bookshelves are cabinets, opening with either a hinge (top opening) or as a set of drawers, and in these cabinets the home owner can store absolutely anything—this could be a place for blankets, a place for children’s toys, DVD’s, etc. Sound functional? Now, picture these cabinets as beautiful wood structures, an art piece on their own—or, for those of you with more modern tastes, picture them painted, with industrial-metal finishes.
Built-ins work in any room, however. Built-ins can transform closets into highly functional, and structured, storage areas. Built-ins in a bathroom can create a space to store items secretively, while, at the same time, providing a space to decorate, a place to keep towels, special soaps. One last place, most often overlooked, but in most need of structured places for storage, is the entryway/mudroom. Built-ins work wonders for coats and boots, especially in homes with children. A built-in near the front door allows a place to store dirty boots out of the way, a place to store umbrellas and other accessories that aren’t in constant need, but, when needed, can be grabbed at a moment’s notice.
If you think you’re new custom-built home needs built-ins, call the home building experts at Dan Lowe Construction.