It's very rare to meet someone who says, "I have plenty of storage in my home." Storage is one thing there never seems to be enough of, so whenever a remodel is at hand, taking the very best advantage of the space you have available is of primary importance. That's where a good space planner comes in. • The built-in cabinetry shown in this picture is a great example of putting every square inch of available space to good use. Custom cabinetry like this can be built in a space that is 24 inches to 30 inches deep, and can be put into very narrow spaces between walls, or in this case span the entire width of a bedroom. The overall design should be based on your closet needs, such as how much hanging space you need, how much for folded clothes, luggage storage, shoes . . . basically, whatever you normally would store in a reach-in closet. Then, a combination of cupboard space behind doors, and large, often deep drawers can be designed to fit your exact needs. • Mirroring on the doors also helps to expand the room, and can create a wonderful dressing area as well. Depending on the setting, the cabinets can be stained or painted, but a favorite approach is to paint in a finish that matches the room trim, giving the cabinetry an even more built-in look. Taking proper advantage of what space you have can offer great results. Chip Vogel
Chip Vogel is a licensed interior designer with Interior Spaces Inc. He can be reached at (813) 251-8862 or on his website, intspacesinc.com.