We have a lot of crap. Well, let me rephrase: My wife and daughter have a lot of crap that lives IN the house. I have a lot of crap that lives in the garage, which was now starting to look more like a workshop than a garage. What I did have in the house that took up a lot of space was a nice stereo system, put together during my single, musician days.
At the time, it was set up on a big, 8’ long credenza style cabinet, with our 50” TV on top of it. But Destrcutor had access to the speaker cables, which cost more than it did for her to be born and spend 4 hours in the NICU. Plus, my wife was worried about her pulling one of the B&W 605-S2 speakers over on herself. So the stereo went to storage and we needed a new solution for the TV, plus where to put all the kitchen stuff that wouldn’t fit in the kitchen, and all of the baby stuff/toys. The built-in was born.
By the time this was done, I had spent a lot of time at the table saw, was comfortable with edge-banding plywood, and making cabinet boxes. I also had to move an HVAC register and return, plus move the electrical outlets higher up on the wall and install a dimmer switch for the rope lights behind the upper shelves.
Darkness came. The wife was happy. The next day . . .
-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.