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Boston Architects: Eck | MacNeely Architects inc.

Due to undersized rooms and poor circulation pattern, the entire house needed to be gutted, structurally and architecturally reconfigured, and completely refinished inside and out. The massing of the house was adapted to allow for a new open floor plan and a more cohesive roof line.

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September 27, 2012
pldon wrote:
Beautiful warm, light-filled inviting room - Is the floor by any chance, cork?
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Eck | MacNeely Architects inc.
Thank you for your interest in Eck MacNeely Architects. The floor is not cork - it is 3 by 3 thick industrial hardwood squares.
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June 10, 2012
Paul Conger wrote:
Very nice job! - On the ceiling were is the light coming from? Are there windows above? Again very nice job!
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Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Architect's Toolbox: Beautifully Layered Spaces
1. Use layering for a sense of connectedness. Sitting in this room, one would feel both separated from and connected to the remainder of the home, as well as the outdoors.
Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to 18 Winners from the Architect's Toolbox
Layers. Architects and designers use spatial layering to make smaller spaces appear larger and more interesting by connecting to — or implying — spaces beyond. We can create this effect by breaking up a space into pieces that have defined beginnings and ends and by using framed openings, columns and "floating" walls to imply more. The results are richly complex spaces.

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The bookshelf room - a wonderful idea for a home office
Dana Veach added this to Creative Work Space: Libraries
August 29, 2014
Here's another great "raised" library/office space...
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July 21, 2014
we will need lots of bookshelves
Dana Veach added this to Space Definition...Interior Level Changes
May 23, 2014
Here's another great "raised" library/office space...
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Study — woodwork, color scheme, built-in bookcase with ladder
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April 19, 2014
fun space
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April 4, 2014
couch pit
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February 28, 2014
I love the hide-away feel of this space tucked up a few stairs, and the fact that it involves books makes it perfect!
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February 4, 2014
Raised office/ library off the living or as an enlarged stairway landing
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January 17, 2014
step down
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January 6, 2014
casual, warm, includes plants
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December 29, 2013
steps to sun room from library with coffered ceiling
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November 21, 2013
books and shelving. craftsman like
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book case details
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November 11, 2013
? storage for piano area
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October 27, 2013
loft idea is nice
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for office inside of lantern to deflect light
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Layered rooms
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Too cool library/loft
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I like it
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July 29, 2013
makes me curious where the stairs lead which is something I want I believe
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July 24, 2013
hidden room
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June 11, 2013
Love the light from above.
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Hidden window seating niche behind bookcases (up stairs)?
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Cozy AND Airy.
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integrated units of wall - nothing is wasted
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library wall
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April 23, 2013
bookshelves are not impressive, but well-integrated into family room. but I prefermore privacy
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April 15, 2013
Books and layout
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April 13, 2013
nice space! beautiful light
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love this library with stairs
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ceiling sky light
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steps leading up to library/reading area in the back, behind the wall
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Sala tv domo
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Combined library with reading room
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library/sitting room. skylight ceiling.
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Cool library
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Library/living room
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like the shelving and light
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Now that's a great room
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hmm..bookshelfs on stairway...
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ceiling light option? shop office
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September 27, 2012
what about subtler wood ceiling detail for library - grid with LED pannels under frosted glass otherwise basement library is dark
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September 24, 2012
good color connecting with multicolor books
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September 7, 2012
this room feels like it's open to the outside and has secrets to explore.
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I like the level change and library
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Can you make a staircase down to the little girls' room from where the living room wall closet is?
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nice very nice
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library, connecting the addition
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Clever use of light ( ceiling)
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library on a elevated landing.
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Furniture arrangement and a piece with only one arm
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Interesting library with ladder. Clever use of light. Love the natural wood
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sunken living room
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great bookcase
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the library shelves and staircase behind& windows
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What an inviting room.
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Small space made to look large using layering
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Different levels. Latticework ceiling
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floating ceiling
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June 10, 2012
oooh! love this!
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Stain for cabs
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June 10, 2012
All that wood is amazing!
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June 10, 2012
Love this library.
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June 10, 2012
Layers. Architects and designers use spatial layering to make smaller spaces appear larger and more interesting by connecting to — or implying — spaces beyond. We can create this effect by breaking up a space into pieces that have defined beginnings and ends and by using framed openings, columns and "floating" walls to imply more. The results are richly complex spaces.
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June 10, 2012
beautiful colors carried to all levels of design. use of staircase....
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Elevated library
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Love the ceiling !! Brings a lot of light into that room.
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June 10, 2012
I love the light open feel, yet it's got this intimacy and coziness of a great family space
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interesting use of wood on walls..
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Function of space
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library option
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N/ light give the small rm a larger feel
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Layered look to book case area. Details.
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June 9, 2012
A great idea for a quiet corner for reading, studying which is separated in its own space but not isolated. Large window and view make it interesting and keep people from falling into boredom. This together with the shorter room height boosts the alertness and concentration which is needed for studying. In this room, I'd like to have a wall mounted built-in bench and a low rise table so that users of different ages (kids or adults) can choose to sit on the floor and use the bench as a desk, or sit on the bench & use the table.
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harmonious undertones
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Ladder n shelves
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Book wall
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high shelves and below
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Spatial layering comcep
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levels, ladder
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step up to a side room
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different levels
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All of it...lights, books, steps
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library area with ladder
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Step up library
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bookshelves; light.
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Sitting in this room, one would feel both separated from and connected to the remainder of the home, as well as the outdoors.
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November 28, 2011
*Google eyes* Love the light wood with the green touches, adore the shelving. Loads of windows and "sky lights" too, all for better reading, of course.
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November 13, 2011
Maybe for office
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November 11, 2011
shelving and stairs
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October 15, 2011
Love the library!
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Bookshelves, ceiling
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ceiling and natuaral light
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Salon bibliotheque
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September 26, 2011
Great architectural detail
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September 25, 2011
Love the wooden walls and ceilings and embedded bookshelves and the skylights to brighten it all
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library incorporates steps upstairs with more shelves on the landing.
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spatial layering
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Like the case
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spatial layering
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a couch for both micky and I to lay out on
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Downstairs idea
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great room
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possible concept for entering space...couch and book cases
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bookshelf in staircase
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Nice way to treat open space
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1) Because spatial layering allows a hint at what's next without having to give it all up at once, it's the counterpoint to the architectural one-liner, drawing us in and enticing us with clues to what lies beyond. So the next time you're thinking of building a new home or remodeling your existing home, talk to your architect and designer about spatial layering. Here are 11 ideas to get you started: 1. Use layering for a sense of connectedness. Sitting in this room, one would feel both separated from and connected to the remainder of the home, as well as the outdoors.
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Love the small step-up library space.
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September 12, 2011
"spatial layering" part of, but separate from. Adds depth, interest, curiosity, can make small space feel larger.
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September 12, 2011
cool space
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What will the library ceiling look like?
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Beautifully Layered Spaces
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Bookcases, nice wood, windows and celing
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Wood! Books! Stairs!
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Bookshelf in staircase
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Book shelves
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I like the interest of this space with the multiple levels and layers
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September 11, 2011
some steps above the ground, a surounded cozy little place full of light perfect for reading
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ceiling, use of 2 level, book storage
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warm, interconnected room with room for library
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Love the bookcases
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love the library look that is carried up the stairs.
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Open, bookshelves
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sparation living/screened in porch
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second space
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Overhead natural light takes one's view out of the planar.
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love bookshelves and windows
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Love, love, LOVE!!
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wall of book cases and ladder
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Different levels
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Love the bookshelves.
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love the "nook" feel of the staircase and the skylights
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Oh, the room with the book walls... One for me please!
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makes you want to read
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