Application: Built-InsBuilt-ins are permanent trim elements taking the form of bookcases, bench seats, cabinets, fireplace and mantles, shelves and lockers that usually become the centerpiece of the room.
Since built-ins are often large and take up entire walls, natural light is at a premium. With a little planning you can integrate interior or exterior transoms into the built-in design that take it to the next level. The transoms will bring in light that will make the built-ins really shine!
Main RoomMain rooms can be family rooms, great rooms, living rooms or any room with a wall long enough to suit built-ins. Built-ins are beautiful, but most everyone also wants bright, cheerful living areas.
Built-ins compete for wall space with windows. Transoms Integrated with the built-in design give the best of both worlds -- enhancing beauty and light.
Craftsman Family Room by Seattle Home Stagers Seattle Staged to Sell LLC
Traditional Family Room by Buffalo Architects & Designers Murphy & Co. Design
Traditional Porch by Edina Design-Build Firms M|A|Peterson
Traditional Living Room by Minneapolis Photographers Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography
Hints: Try to place the transoms as high in the wall as you can. That gives you the maximum amount of space for built-ins.
Contrasting materials like stone, granite or brick work wonders for built-ins.
Generally, most people favor the look of ganged triples and pairs of transoms to singles. Ganged transoms can also help make a larger area look more in scale other elements (see top picture).
Mud RoomDream mud room designs always have a seating area to put on your shoes, hangers for jackets and shelves for knick knacks. Don't let all these great items make your mud room dark. Integrate transoms into your design!
Traditional Entry by Minneapolis Kitchen & Bath Designers Crystal Kitchen Center
Craftsman Entry by Palo Alto Architects & Designers FGY Architects
Traditional Laundry Room by Chevy Chase Architects & Designers Wentworth, Inc.
LaundryAfter accounting for washer, dryer, cabinets, sinks and built-ins, wall space is at a premium in laundry rooms. So is light. Tucking windows into the odd spaces that remain can sometimes be the only option for natural light. Transoms can be part of the solution.
Contemporary Laundry Room by Washington Architects & Designers E/L STUDIO
Contemporary Laundry Room by New Rochelle Closet & Home Storage Designers transFORM | The Art of Custom Storage
Traditional Laundry Room by Santa Rosa Beach Architects & Designers Geoff Chick & Associates