Cut a recess in the wall, taking space from the basement stairwell: $0
Framed the recess; crafted a built-in with maple cabinets, a beadboard back, and a shelf: $697
Wired outlets for countertop appliances and a clothes dryer: $275
Ran plumbing for a washer: $325
Painted the built-in: $32
Shown: Tall pantry-style cabinets, which conceal a stackable washer and dryer, serve as a laundry room.