Space-Saving Nursery Built-In

Who: Samantha and Bryan Langdeau
Where: Waterbury, Conn.

When Samantha and Bryan Langdeau learned they were expecting twins, they took out the measuring stick and had a fresh look at the 11-by-12-foot bedroom earmarked for the nursery in their 1948 Cape Cod–style house. "There was just no way to fit two cribs and have room for the closet door to swing open," says Samantha, who works in marketing. Window placements and the need to have a large glider chair in the corner of the room for nursing both babies added to the challenge. Dad-to-be Bryan, a designer-carpenter, eyed the closet and came up with the solution: Rip the thing out. After exposing the closet cavity, Bryan carefully filled it with a storage-packed built-in complete with a changing table and drawers for diapers, balms, and clothing. There’s also a row of cubbies sized to hold fabric-lined rattan bins the couple already had, and a 7-foot vertical cabinet for extra clothes and linens, with a teddy bear bookshelf along the top. Bryan even put recessed LED pucks above the changing table on a dimmer to double as a nursery night-light. But the sweetest touch of all: "One day when we were building, I pulled the carpenter pencil out from behind my ear and wrote a note on the framing behind a drawer—‘Built with love by your parents’—and put the date," says Bryan. For twin boys Ryder and Mason, born last February, it may someday be a touching discovery.
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