Celebrating Built-in Storage
Consolidating beauty and function, built-in storage is an efficient, space-maximizing option
Storage space has always been at the top of every homeowner’s wish list, and built-in cabinetry is an elegant, efficient way to get it. Adding to a centuries-old tradition, many cabinetmakers continue to enrich the realm of built-ins with skillful designs that reconfigure older models and invent new ones. Designed to fit available space and to integrate with surrounding cabinetry and trim, custom-made storage challenges its makers to achieve higher levels of function and beauty.
Light where it’s needed. The renovation of a stately Midwestern Victorian created new spaces just right for built-ins. This narrow unit of plain-sawn white oak is topped with an arched display niche that makes the cabinet stand apart. Jon Frost was the designer and builder. Photo by Charles Bickford.
Lighting the way. Unlike many solid pantry doors, these Douglas-fir double doors are fitted with single glass lites that offer a view of the contents and lend a spaciousness to the room.Construction by Johnson Cabinets and Woodworking; design by Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, Austin, Texas. Photo by Roe A. Osborn.