Functional Built-ins
Functional Built-ins

A functional built-in is truly a thing of beauty.

It serves double-duty — first, by taking the place of a piece of furniture, and secondly, by creating a seamless flow through the house.

Built-in’s in my homes always take advantage of previously un-used space. They are “built-in” to the house during framing for specific purposes — and yes, those reasons include everything from storage to art.

In the picture above, you’ll see the custom cabinet pieces built-in to the wall and following the general arch of the kitchen opening. The cabinets are finished exactly the same as the rest of the kitchen cabinets, creating symmetry and flow. I’ve also installed the microwave there on the right — and under that, you’ll notice a granite shelf. This space was creating with a coffee bar in mind. Outlets for an espresso machine / coffee pot are behind the potted plant. Whether it is used in this capacity by the future owners, I’ll never know — but we try to think ahead and anticipate how a person can best utilize their kitchen spaces!

On the island, you’ll notice four drawers in between the granite counters. Since we custom built this island, it was easy enough to add details where details needed to be! These little cubby holes are perfect for those lost pens, recipe cards, small spices, or the ever necessary “junk” that mysteriously appears on your counter top. And this “junk” is typically things you can’t throw away, but you can’t figure out where it goes. I took a look inside our junk drawer to see what was there. I found three books of matches, pens, unused key chains, three allen wrenches, a single AA battery, chapstick, and paperclips. I bet the contents don’t change very often. But who can throw away chapstick? You might need it.

Cubby built-in
Cubby built-in

In another house, I added this framed in cubby built-in to the right of the kitchen sink. Again, trying to take advantage of unused but functional spaces, we created an organizational cubby for decor, or serious use by the chef. Either way, this small upgraded detail is what makes an Alway house stand-out from the others.

If you are looking to build in the Willamette Valley or Central Oregon — call me. Love to show you some of our stuff.

Jess 541-480-5050, or email: jess@jessalway.com

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