False walls inside a room with the same color paint on them and paintings and family photos are easy to overlook. Access to this space should be only after the Crunch comes, your perimeter security is set and YOU need your supplies. Before walls go up, a list of supplies you want stored for the longest time must be made.
|note the 'H' of closet on the left|
Secondly, he states the addition of window seats is a popular waste of space in home building. these devices are constructed and finished before the carpet guy comes in and are usually bare floor dead space. If you do not have window seats, consider getting rid of some superfluous furniture and create some 'reading nooks' or cat napping platforms!
Good places to place window boxes: A window wall at the end of a hall, In front of a bay window
or even an unused entryway space
If you are a carpenter, you can make those lovely working doors on the cabinets, but I am a box builder. I have made window seats for my mother (my mother's cats) and I used the lift top piano hinge on top. She stores picture frames and projects she is going to do in hers. (It kills me a little:() The point is, you can dress the front of your window box with false doors. Glue the doors to the front and paint over them to match.
If you are using the crawlspace above your head, the famous FLorida 'half attic', secure the opening by making it look like an air conditioner return or filter.