Home built by JMA (Jim Murphy and Associates); designed by Ned Forrest, Forrest Architects. Photo credit: Tim Maloney, Technical Imagery Studios.
This home's Mediterranean design provides thick, plastered masonry walls, deeply recessed windows and cast concrete pavers that help to keep the home cool and comfortable in the hot summer months. The winters are equally moderate, thanks to the radiant heating system in the floors.
The smoothness of the exterior plaster walls is juxtaposed against the rough texture in the dark, wooden siding. This rough texture is echoed by the board-formed concrete in the home's foundation, columns and column wall which overlooks the solar-heated pool. In addition to the two-story, three bedroom home, the project includes an upper floor studio with its own exterior staircase, a detached garage and the swimming pool and patio.
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I love the width of these shelves. They look unsupported in the middle of the about 5' length. Is that correct? or are there supports where is connects to the wall? »
This space isn't for posers--the books aren't too pristinely arranged but, rather, look as if they are pulled out and enjoyed and put back quite frequently. The comfortable furniture has order yet a casual elegance to its arrangement. What might have been just a neutral space to pass when going between rooms has been turned into a distinct and classy library.
No space for a designated library? Make a den more cozy by lining the walls with shelves full of books to make it work double-duty. The shelves even serve two purposes, working as a picture rail up top.
2. Den of knowledge. Want a library but don't have the space? Transform your den into a miniature Library of Congress by installing cabinetry from floor to ceiling. Load with your collection of hardcovers and paperbacks for instant character.