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.
What’s on display? A long white-oak built-in offers plenty of space for exhibiting china and still manages to get top billing with a tiled counter and backsplash, antique glass, and lacewood drawer fronts that show off through-dovetail joinery. Built by Udo Schmidt. Photo by Charles Bickford.
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.
Cubist junkiore. Behind every maple panel in this wall niche is either a door or a drawer activated by a touch latch. The hidden boxes are maple faced with an ebonized edgeband; the accent material is bee’s-wing figured andiroba.Design, construction and photo by Jon Frost of St. Paul, Minn.
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.
Almost any space is fair game. As part of a new addition in an old house, this pair of windows was recessed into an exterior wall, a perfect place to exploit for storage.Design by Frank Shirley Architects; built by Charron Construction. Photo by Randy O’Rourke.