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The New Built-Ins Idea Book

The New Built-Ins Idea Book
by Sandor Nagyszalanczy

Taunton Press: 2005
paperback, 172 pp., $19.95
ISBN 1-56158-637-0

     How many of us woodworkers are famous for saying, "Thirty-five hundred dollars?! Buy the materials and I can make thatů" Well, for all those who just need a little inspiration, Mr. Nagyszalanczy has provided it for the home in this new release. Beautifully photographed, this idea book shows built-ins from the simplest cupboards to the most elaborate full wall remodels in every living area. He has solutions for long hallways, storage under stairwells, kids' play spaces, media centers and reading spaces, as well as ideas for kitchens, baths and bedrooms.
     There are no plans or directions given, just page after page of completed room ideas, from entries to back patios and everything between. Creating new built-ins in any home can solve storage problems or allow the owner to re-think the way a room is used, without major remodeling headaches.
     As for woodworking projects, these ideas run the gamut from closet spaces to window seats to new kitchens. One warning, though: if you are already tied up with a list of projects, don't let your spouse browse through this book. The potential for 'honey-dos' is overwhelming.

. . . Barb Siddiqui