Stair-side Bookcasescomments (0) March 9th, 2013 in Blogs
Stairs eat up a lot of space. In this in-law renovation by master builder/designer Alan Jencks of Berkeley, California, some of that wasted space was transformed into a stair-side bookcase. Jencks originally intended to have the bookcases face into the living room, but realized that they would have been blocked by a couch. Placing bookcases along the stairs is the perfect way to remind yourself of that thriller you have been meaning to read or to recall old favorites worth reading again. The shelves are also a nice nook for family photos and tchotkes that you like but don't want to look at all the time.
This in-law suite was first published in In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes (Taunton Press), which was named one of the Top Ten Design Books for 2011. If you are thinking of creating an in-law suite--as many people are doing these days--you may find In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats helpful.
Alan Jencks is typical of the master craftspeople who have shared their knowledge with me over the years. My most recent book, Renovation 4th Edition, contains thousand of field-tested tips and techniques, 250+ illustrations and roughly 1,000 of the 40,000 photos I have taken on job sites. I hope you find Renovation 4 useful. --Mike
© Michael Litchfield 2013
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About the Author
Mike Litchfield was a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding and has been renovating homes or writing about them for more than 30 years.
He was one of the first technical journalists to go to job sites to gather information from tradespeople and his great work, Renovation: A Complete Guide is in its 3rd Edition.
Mike’s tenth book, In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats: Turning one house into two homes will be published by Taunton Press in March, 2011. To preview the book and learn more about its contributors, please visit www.cozydigz.com