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Pros and cons of built-ins

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A family room includes a wall of elegant built-ins.
A family room includes a wall of elegant built-ins. (Handout/TNS) (Handout) Photo Gallery

Built-ins remain popular in home design, but they do have their positives and negatives. In the positive column are the space saving benefits and for some, the negative column is dominated by fear that built-ins create a “dated” look.

What are the best ways to incorporate built-ins into your home? Many designers believe the best rule of thumb is to “think function first,” making sure you have a clear purpose when looking to bring the beauty of built-ins into your home.


Do utilize materials for your built-ins that will blend with the overall feel and architectural bones of your home.

Do engage a custom millworker or craftsman to build your built-ins.

Do make sure that your built-ins have a clear function and purpose.


Don’t just look to rip out built-ins that may have a useful purpose and functionality.

Don’t overlook affordable options to create the “look” of built-ins such as using pre-built cabinetry.

Don’t ignore ways to help make built-ins shine through the use of materials and finishes such as countertops and handles.


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