Designer Beth Bynon found the fix: custom built-ins, including a platform bed, drawers for clothes and linens, a hidden-wire TV mount, and a desk fit for a sewing machine or a laptop. Assembled off-site and installed over new oak floors, the built-ins look as if they came with the room, thanks to matching 6-inch crown molding on the walls and cabinets. Beadboard, bin pulls, and glass-front doors give the space a charming bed-and-breakfast look. "Whatever we don't have a place for we store back here," says Larry. "And then, of course, we leave some drawers available for our guests."
Shown: The bare-bones space had a daybed with a trundle and little storage room.