Custom homes come with a lot of room for creativity. But, even when it comes to standard furnishings – seats, shelves, storage – custom homes offer more ways to play. Standard homes have to appeal to standard buyers. Designers and builders have no way of knowing where a potential buyer will want their books displayed. So, they offer blank walls which all have the potential of housing a moveable bookcase. However, there is something really visually compelling about taking everyday home features and just building them into the home. So, here are 3 built-in features that could really enhance the appearance of your custom home.
Having your bookshelves built into your walls is great for a lot of reasons. For one thing, it looks great. It looks really nice to have the spines of your books flush with the wall. The shelf being inset allows that. However, a built-in bookshelf is also more stable than a separate one. There’s no tipping hazard and no need to anchor anything to the wall, damaging the plaster.
Additionally, there’s also the fact that a built-in bookshelf can be a lot more creative than a standard bookcase. While there certainly are bookshelves in wacky shapes that can be bought, they’re often extremely expensive and tricky to put together. Plus, if they’re modern, they’re probably made of flimsy parts that are lightweight and don’t anchor well to the floor. That poses a tipping hazard.
Built-in bookshelves for your custom home offer the chance to be creative without the instability. For example, you could have slanted shelves. If you want something a bit wild, some back and forth slanting shelves could be just the thing. Even better, you can put bookshelves on either side of a built-in entertainment space. Even if you opt for level shelves (Most people would) you can still get interesting by framing in a nice big space for your flat screen and gaming consoles. You could even have some built-in drawers lined up at the bottom of it all. And, if you’re not so much for gaming, use that center space for a fireplace. Everyone loves a fireplace sided by two built-in bookcases!
Built-In Bed Frame
While built-in bookshelves are much more well-known, they’re not the only way to permanently inlay your furniture into your home’s structure. A built-in bed frame is also a fun way to build outside the box. Or, rather, build the box.
If you’re a fan of sleeping nooks, you’ll be a fan of this. Imagine, if you will, a room with two square, walk-in closets – one on either end. Then, nestled between them, is a built-in bed frame. Your bed would be framed in on three sides and open on the face. You could go so far as adding a bay window on the back wall of it, giving you the perfect place to stack your books and a cup of coffee. Under the bed, you could build some deep storage drawers to take advantage of the space to the max.
Not done investing in built-in features for your custom home? Keep reading with part 2!