Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The House of Built-Ins

If you buy a new house today, chances are it won't have much in the way of built-in cabinetry.  But when this house was built, that was a hallmark of a quality home - and this one has more built ins than any house I've ever seen.  And they're brilliantly tucked into what would be wasted spaces.  

Let's start upstairs and work our way down.  The hallway has this great built-in - with a large cabinet at the  top and lots of drawers below. 

The bathroom has a cute cabinet/drawer unit built into the space at the edge of the dormer.  Such a great use of otherwise wasted space!

The first floor has the two dining room cabinets that I've shared before.  The little one is built above the back of the firebox - again, otherwise wasted space that is now getting good use.

But the real treasure trove for built-ins is in the basement.  I don't think these are original to the house.  The knotty pine seems like a 50's update.  Maybe a previous owner was a carpenter - wanting to utilize his skills?

The first set is as you walk into the main finished space.  A couple of tall cupboards and a set of drawers.

There is another storage area tucked behind the door under the stairs.

In the laundry/utility room, there are so many built in spaces (this house must have been owned by a carpenter!).  Along the main wall, there are big cabinets built on either side of the brick chimney.

3 cabinets!!

The opposite wall has lots of cabinets, including one right above the laundry appliances.  Perfect for detergent and stain removers!

The back wall has an entire row of cabinets under the window.

Two sets of cabinets

And there is even a cute little door to open and check the oil tank level.  How clever is that?

I have to confess, I love all this attention to detail with clever storage space,  It's a shame it seems to be a lost art!

So, so clever!!!

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1 comment:

  1. I like the way this person was thinking! In our previous home, a little lake cabin in north MS, I added a wall of built in storage in an extra wide hallway and hidden storage under the stairs. It was so much fun!


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