Built-Ins 54 Ideabooks

So many of the master suites I see these days are so large that sometimes I wonder if homeowners are hosting a ballroom dance class for 20 in there. Most of us are lucky to fit a queen-size bed, a couple of nightstands and a dresser into our bedrooms — they may be wonderfully cozy, but they can present some challenges....
Novel Ways With Bedroom Books
A natural part of leisure time at home, books and bedrooms have been companions for years. Wordsworth penned poetry in bed. Proust, late in life, wrote in his brass bed. Truman Capote once claimed, “I am a completely horizontal writer.” And Twain,...
Enter the Office Nook
When I was growing up, my family had a designated office space. Not an office–guest room combo or a little desk nook but an actual office, complete with an oversize desk and a rolling leather chair. Today, with shrinking square footage and the rise...
10 Terrific Pass-Throughs Widen Your Kitchen Options
Who wants to be left in the kitchen cooking alone while friends and family gather in the other room? Not me. Houses and how we gather have evolved over the years. Isolated kitchens tucked away in the back of the house are a thing of the past. I do like...
10 Ways to Do More With a Customized Workspace
Why settle for a regular desk when your workspace can offer so much more beauty, space efficiency and flexibility? A custom or semicustom piece can suit your space and your style to a T — and may not even be in the home...
How to Create Your Own Semicustom Media Wall
Have you ever priced a built-in? I had 17 feet of wall space in my basement for a TV and storage for DVDs, board games and books. One of the contractors bidding on my basement renovation quoted me about $9,000 for the built-in alone. That wasn’t in...
Over-the-Door Shelves Offer Sneaky Storage
Finding creative ways to store and display valuables is a never-ending quest for many people. If your tables are cluttered and your bookcases are bursting at the seams, it's time to look up. Over-the-door shelving systems let untapped space work as sneaky...
The Perfect Kid-Friendly, Storage-Happy, Style-Loving Seating Solution
The banquette, made popular in the diner era, has made its way into the home kitchen for good reasons: It's space efficient, it's customizable, and for a family kitchen, it just might be the perfect solution to any issue a child can throw at it....
8 Kitchen Amenities You'll Really Wish You Had
Don't waste another minute on your hands and knees in your kitchen, searching for that missing cutting board or rolling pin. Built-ins and storage additions can give you the perfect spot for every cooking must-have. When done right, storage won't just...
Built-In Buffets Beef Up Dining Room Style
Built-in furniture has been a part of residential architecture for hundreds of years, but it wasn't until the Arts and Crafts movement that built-ins reached their...
Expert Talk: Wall Dividers Pull Rooms Together
They can be short, tall, curved, see-through, or made of sustainable materials like bamboo. And there are a lot of ways a wall divider can be used in almost any room. Let's take a look and see how we can divide and conquer.
Renovation Detail: The Built-In Breakfast Nook
My kitchen is crying for built-in breakfast-nook seating. As much as I love our bump-out nook, I can't help but curse our freestanding dining table and benches. The area is capable of providing us with so much storage, but without the form and function...
Hunker Down With a Built-In Couch
If you’re having trouble finding the perfect couch and are considering custom, perhaps you should take it a step further: the built-in couch. Like any built-in unit, these couches have great advantages: They can be built exactly to your specifications,...
Renovation Detail: The Built-In Dog Bed
I am a dog person. I cannot see myself ever living without a four-legged friend. I'm also a house person. I care very much about what my home looks like, how it's presented and if it's Houzz-worthy. Often I'm discouraged by the appearance of our big old...
Built-ins Boost Storage in Small Bathrooms
I have the world's tiniest master bathroom. Although it's plagued by a grab bag of design issues, such as brass sconces that someone inexplicably hung at chest height, my most pressing problem is storage. The skimpy cabinets and pint-size vanity top sometimes...
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