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The Return of the Home Library

There is a greater interest with Phoenix home remodeling projects to add a home library for a personal retreat into some peace and quiet. It may be bad enough that we are indoors most of our day, but we also are plugged in and can feel bombarded by electronics. A viral commercial, “Emma” illustrates this point. She prefers pen and paper, and real books while her husband prefers the iPad.

When you finally find some time for yourself, do you have a place such as a home library where can you comfortably curl up and enjoy a book, write, or pray with no distractions?  Is it away from traffic, and the noise from the TV? Do you need a room addition to accomplish this?

Ahhh, a personal home library.  A place to enrich and develop yourself, to keep learning and growing.  A room to wind down and perhaps escape into a good book.  Think a cozy chair, soft blanket, soothing lighting, and rich-colored walls.

Do you have a space you can remodel to utilize as your home library, or do you need a room addition?  Since this area may be used to house a precious collection, consider their safety and well-being. Moisture and lots of sunlight can actually harm books and artwork.

Next, your library needs shelving. Bookshelves can be floor to ceiling, glass-enclosed, recessed or hanging. Did you know bookshelves can be made to be a hidden door?  Do you have special, odd sized items you want to display?  How do you want to access and store magazines?  When specifying the lower cabinets, consider who will be using the library – are there little ones who need lower access, or older family members who can’t bend easily?  Do you want to include a desk and file drawers in the room as well?

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Use pictures, trophies, vases, and collectibles to add a personal touch. Perhaps you want a focal point of theBible in a dedicated space to encourage its use. You can get creative with book themes:  Mysteries?  Accessorize with a magnifying glass.  A hand trowel can symbolize a Gardening section.  Represent Travel Resources with a model jet, a bird statue, or seashell to represent nature.  Love stories?  Get a heart box.  Get creative and let the space really reflect your personality and what energizes you and brings you joy.

Your goal is to make a personal home library so inviting that everyone will want to stroll through, pick up the perfect book, and just sit down and relax.


Happy Phoenix Home Remodeling

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