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The Beauty of Built-Ins

Whether it’s a window seat, bookshelf, bed, or bar, built-ins lend character and function to a home.  We love that they can be tailored to specific needs and that they offer a cohesive and seamless look.  Built-ins are a great opportunity to take advantage of every nook and cranny and can really maximize your space!  Let’s look at some examples.

W I N D O W   S E A T S

Window seats are versatile.  Incorporate them into a dining room, office, bedroom, family room, or hallway.  They are the perfect opportunity to make the most of otherwise wasted space and insert extra storage.  Plus, who hasn’t dreamed of having a window seat?  It’s a great place to curl up with a book or sip a cup of coffee.  And it can be a beautiful way to frame a view.

Hartford Library Remodel

Wauwatosa Master Bedroom

B O O K S H E L V E S

Built-in bookshelves are multi-purpose – a place to store items and a lovely way to display decor, books, and collectibles.  They truly give a room a finished and sophisticated look.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

Fox Point Library Remodel

B E D S

A built-in bed is ideal for kid or guest bedrooms!  They can be tucked into an alcove or under a slanted wall. Let’s not forget to mention how cozy they are!  Bonus – they can offer extra storage.  Check out those built-in bookshelves and drawers!

Oconomowoc Guest Bedroom Remodel

M E D I A   C E N T E R S

Like all built-ins, a built-in media wall subdues clutter and makes a space feel more substantial.  It can also serve as the anchor of the room.  This example mixes in shelves, reclaimed windows, and drawers to break up the size of the wall, add interest, and offer even more storage.

Side note – the built-in cabinetry in the foreground of this photo was incorporated into the design to not only display the homeowners’ vintage treasures, but to also define two rooms while keeping them open to one another.

Waukesha Family Room Remodel

B A R S

A built-in wet bar often serves as the home’s entertaining hub.  The great thing about a built-in wet bar?  You don’t necessarily need to have ample square footage.  Big or small, a wet bar has a lot of utility in a home – extra counter space, glassware storage, an additional sink, cocktail mixing station.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

B A T H R O O M   S T O R A G E

Built-in shelving, vanity towers, medicine cabinets, niches – built-ins definitely take on a large role in a well-organized and timeless bathroom.  Because bathrooms are often small, these options offer storage and style without sacrificing floor space.

Fox Point Bathroom Remodel - Vanity Towers

L O C K E R S  / /  C U B B I E S

Custom cubbies or lockers help everyone keep their belongings organized and out of other areas of the home.  Add a bench, and you have yourself the perfect “launch pad” to get your family out-the-door.

Wauwatosa Mudroom

Every Nook and Cranny

Need space to curl up with a book?  Looking for a spot to tuck yourself away for some quiet time?  There’s something about a small, cozy nook to help you feel relaxed and remote.  Whether it’s used for sleeping, eating, reading, or simply lounging, a nook is a fun, yet practical, addition to any home.

The Breakfast NookHartford Kitchen Window Seat

A mix of banquettes, chairs, small tables, and booths is the perfect combination for a cozy spot to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, sip on a cup of coffee, or read the morning paper.  It can also be a space saver and fulfill other roles!  Kids can sit there for an after-school snack and share the day’s events.  Or it can serve as a temporary homework station.

The Reading Nook

Whether it’s a special area in a home library or office or tucked under the stairs or in a bedroom, a reading nook is a great place to get lost in a book.  Include built-in bookshelves, a cushioned seat, and good lighting (natural or light fixtures) to create the ideal space.

The Window NookMequon Window Seat

A window seat can be useful in any room of the home – the kitchen, home office, bedroom, family room, hallway, and beyond.  Who hasn’t dreamed of having a window seat?  They can be carved out of “leftover” space that would otherwise be wasted and can provide extra storage, too.

Elm Grove Hidden RoomThe Hidden Nook

Secret passages or hidden rooms are an exciting addition for kids and adults.  Include them in your lower level or a home office to create a secret “lair” for playing, sleepovers, crafting, and other activities.

The Bedroom NookGuest Bedroom Nook

A built-in bed is perfect for kid or guest bedrooms.  They’re a great way to maximize space, and they’re a comfortable area to snuggle in for the night.  Homeowners can sneak them into unexpected places, such as under a slanted wall or in an alcove.