Architect Emily Jagoda renovated a tree-damaged garage into a library and rec room for a family in Santa Monica, creating custom shelving from plywood. The door to resident Eoghan Mahony’s adjacent office, at right, is set on a caster and has a hinge that runs the entire ten-foot height; when fully opened, it neatly conceals the shelf behind it.
A calendar, midcentury ceramics, and a salient message adorn the low-slung shelves that house a collection of more than 3,000 tomes at Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter's South Minneapolis residence.
A “tiny but mighty” structure on Vashon Island, Washington, packs a wealth of uses into a compact, 440-square-foot space. The Corian bookshelf features an outlet in a converted book, a detail that brings delight to a mundane task. “We wanted to make the experience of plugging in a phone or computer joyful,” Grizzle says.
Spatial constraints for this rural Slovenian home yielded a smart solution: Here, the underside of a staircase doubles as a handy bookshelf.
A home built by an architect for an artist in the San Juan Islands is specifically tailored to the resident. “It’s only what I need and no more,” he says. Clearly, books are part of that necessity: A large wall of custom bookshelves stretches the length of the living area.
In a Boise home, a former closet was transformed into a double-height library, complete with a reading nook and a rolling ladder from Spiral Stairs of America. “That’s my favorite part of the house,” says resident Dan Zuckerman, a father of three. “When I see Stella reaching for a book, there’s nothing better.”
In a Los Angeles bungalow owned by artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson, the large wall of shelving is primarily used to store the couple's expansive record collection—but also a small stash of books belonging to their young daughter.