In designing and developing many several home addition projects, requests to the Design Build Planners for a home library to be incorporated has increased. Some designs have been for full rooms, while others just a nook. Others have requested built-in cabinetry for book storage and display in great rooms.
Research has shown that many Americans read less these days. Plus those that read often opt to do so electronically via a computer or a Kindle, Nook, or other reading device. Others turn to audio books as a multi-task time saver. We even have a client, who is an avid runner that has replaced her iPod music with Fifty Shades of Grey.
Does this trend away from physical books mean these libraries are mainly for show, a style statement? Or perhaps it is a desire to keep a grip on a great tradition and experience. Possibly these libraries and nooks represent a peaceful retreat. They can be a space for reading, relaxing, or just reflecting.
Regardless of the intended use, libraries and nooks add wonderful personality to a new or renovated area of a home. Steeped in tradition, well-displayed books add a warm, rich design. As wood and bricks are the cornerstones of home building, books are the chronicled foundation of our history.
If you would like to discuss the options of creating a library, nook, or any type
room as an addition to your home or a renovation to existing space, simply set a free 15-minute phone consultation with the Design Build Planners. Click the image and follow the steps to schedule a convenient time for you.
Here are several library photos featured in Houzz.com: