Most homeowners agree that a home can never have too much storage. When it comes to keeping your possessions organized, a growing trend in home storage is to include custom built-ins. Custom cabinetry looks planned and complete, offers a permanent storage solution, and can become a design focal point within a room or space. Below are some important considerations when planning built-ins, prior to construction. And, when building a new custom home with CBI, we’ll help you design storage solutions that fit your needs and look beautiful too!
Get Your Measurements
Step one in the planning process is to define your needs. For storing specific items such as books or an entertainment system, you will want to measure the objects that are actually going to be housed in your built-ins. Doing this beforehand will determine just how much storage you require, as well as the appropriate size of cabinetry and shelving. This can be useful in ensuring that everything you want to display is aesthetically pleasing.
Lining it Up
Speaking of aesthetics, using different planes is one of the best ways to draw attention to your design. Look at horizontal lines that you can match up with your built-ins, such as countertops from an open kitchen or a fireplace mantle. Matching the ceiling moldings and baseboards with the tops and bottoms of shelving units is also critical in giving your built-ins the right look.
If you’re displaying collectibles or incorporating home theater equipment, you will want to add lighting to your list of elements to evaluate. Rope lights can be tactfully tucked under shelves, and small LED lights are also a common option for keeping your built-ins well-lit.
Build Around a Fireplace
In many homes, a fireplace is most often centered on a wall, serving as the focal point of the room. And, the space on either side provides a natural spot to create storage. Open shelving or cabinetry with doors can house everything from your kids’ toys and art supplies to audio and video equipment, DVDs and CDs, books and collectibles and even art.
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