Thursday, January 17, 2013

Add a Library

Even with the advent of all the electronic reading devices, there's just something about the feel of a book in your hand.  If you're the bookish sort, chances are you've often dreamed of having a library in your home.  Many believe it is out of reach for them but as you'll see below, you can incorporate space in your home for any sized library if you just broaden your definition of a library.  Enjoy the photos below!

Vaulted Rooms

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Vaulted ceilings can waste a lot of space inside a home. This living room library makes use of some of that space while maintaining the open feeling of the room, by taking the bookshelves all the way to the ceiling. Image courtesy of Mark Dodge Design.

Loft Space

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This large, open space at the end of a second-story hallway was remodeled into a sunny, inviting home library, rather than turning the space into a TV room or closed guest room. The shelving maintained the antique cottage look created by the architecture and wainscot walls. Image courtesy of Archia Homes.


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If your hallway is wide enough, consider converting one wall into a home library. Image courtesy of James Wagman Architect, LLC.   You could also consider adding an art gallery to the opposite wall!   

 Repurposed Closet
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This walk-in closet was converted to a book nook and reading room. A space like this one can hold a surprisingly large collection of books. Image courtesy of Susan Jay Design.    


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Staircase landings are commonly underused spaces in the home where there may be just enough room for shelving or a bookcase. These custom shelves utilize the space under the stairs as well, while the open stairs and glass wall keep this library in full view. Image courtesy of Exedra Architects.

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A spiral staircase creates a beautiful custom book nook in the stairwell space. Image courtesy of Glenn Gissler Design.

The Water Closet

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This tiny closet satisfies the need for reading material in the bathroom and support’s this powder room’s vertical-axis design theme. Image courtesy of Smith and Vansant Architects PC.

Room Divider

Define spaces in your home without blocking light and views with a free-standing bookshelf. 

Frame a View

Fill in the spaces around your windows with books to frame all your views.  Image courtesy of

Source:  Many images and texts from Case Design/Remodeling Inc.

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