Home Renovations for Readers: Innovative Book Storage Ideas

Boston is known for its highly educated population -- which means that even in this era of e-readers, homeowners tend to have a lot of books. It is not unusual for book storage and display to play a role in our home renovations for clients. In one recent project, we actually had to create a basement library before we could proceed with renovation plans for first and second floor spaces. The books were occupying as much room as the furniture!

Our most popular photo on Houzz.com is this simple bookcase tucked into a hallway.

Cambridge MA hallway with bookcase

We've designed and built some very creative solutions to the book storage dilemma, but we're always open to new ideas. We found some in an inspirational Ideabook on Houzz.com called "Bye, Bye Bookcase: Inventive Ways to Store Your Reads". Take a look!

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Tags: home renovation, houzz.com, best use of space, book storage

Boston Baby Boomer Housing Preferences

This is going to a short post for the July 4th holiday week!

We just wanted to share a wonderful article by Sally Abrahms that appeared in the June 30, Globe June 30 2013 cover2013 Boston Globe Magazine. The article looks at the way Baby Boomers are choosing to live as they get older. The central theme of the piece is that the Baby Boomer generation is charting a new path for aging. Instead of clinging to a family home in the suburbs, this generation wants to age surrounded by people of all ages, either by aging-in-place in a vibrant community, living in a multi-generational household, or even living with roommates or in communal housing.

Paul was pleased to speak with Sally about renovations so homeowners may age in place, but he went on to discuss the importance of community as well.

Sally incorporated Paul's comments into her article. Please take a moment to read it here. The article is quite lengthy. You will find Paul's comments on the second and third page of the online version.

Happy July 4th! Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your renovation plans.



Tags: Boston renovation, aging in place, accessibility