Transforming Your Under-Stair Space

This under-stairs daybed in a house on Idaho's Pend Oreille River was designed by architect Matthew Kerr of SOK Design Studio. Photography by Sandpoint Photo

(NewsUSA) - If you live in a multi-story house, chances are you've looked at the no-man's-land under a set of stairs and thought: That space could be made to look and function much better. The classic solution is to fill the unattractive void with a closet, which is a perfectly serviceable idea. But there are other, more imaginative possibilities - home office, mini-library, powder room, wet bar, dog kennel, to name a few - creative hardwood built-ins that can transform those formerly awkward architectural cul-de-sacs into a visually interesting, highly practical, value-adding features in your home.

"Today's homeowners look on such unused square footage as a wasted resource," says Linda Jovanovich of the American Hardwood Information Center, www.hardwoodinfo.com. "Solid hardwood built-ins not only provide the customization needed in an awkwardly configured space, but also bring the warmth and character of natural wood to a gloomy, uninviting spot."