If we could all pool our must-haves for our fantasy dream homes, I'm pretty sure there is one thing they would all have in common: built ins. Ahh, built-ins, those elusive, custom storage space savers, that seem to only exist in Craftsman cottages and expensive custom homes and Pinterest. That dweam within a dweam (name that movie!).
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Well, built-in storage and cabinetry doesn't have to be just for dreamers. You've seen us add it in to our own builder basic home, and we've shown you other examples of built-ins that weren't added until after the house was built…it's possible! If you don't want to take my word for it, let's let the pictures and links do the talking, shall we?
Here's exhibit A…our very own Great Wall of Built Ins, which I have yet to fully show you, but here is a good sneak peek. All those fantastic storage options and pretty window seats? They weren't there when we moved into this house.
Another favorite of mine, the bookcases in our Park House. Trimming out the walls around them really made it look like they'd always been here. we have step by step tutorials for these project, so be sure to check them out. The corner bookcase and the window wall bookcases.
In case you haven't met her yet, allow me to introduce you to the Queen of Trim, Mandi Tremayne of Tidbits from the Tremaynes. Mandi is crazy good at adding custom built-ins with tons of personality to her builder basic home and dressing them up with molding and trim of all shapes and sizes. And she does it on a tight budget. Like her pantry,
You would never believe that this gorgeous library, built by the awesome Sawdust Girl, was once an empty room with zero personality. Again, the wainscoting and beadboard ceiling that surround these shelves definitely help pull off a high-end effect.
And how about this fabulous closet full of built ins, also by Sawdust Girl. Wow. I love you Sandra!
So far, all the built-ins that I've showed you were built from scratch. Kind of intimidating if you are a DIY novice, right? Well, I'm going on the record to state that you can fake built in shelving and storage, with just a little effort. Ikea shelving units are popular starters for fake built-ins. Here are some great examples of how to use purchased shelving as the base for storage that looks built in:
House of Smiths used CD towers to create built in storage around a bathroom mirror.
At Mini Manor, Ikea bookcases were arranged and topped off so that they would look original to the rest of the Craftsman era home.
Centsational Girl has one of the best tutorials for turning purchased shelves into a wall of built ins.
Here's another simple way to achieve the look of built ins at 320 Sycamore.
Have I convinced you that any house has incredible potential for built in storage and shelving? The possibilities are endless. Feel free to click over to my Built In Furniture Pinterest board to gather more ideas and inspiration.
Featured picture via Tar Paper Crane