Reading Retreat: Capturing All Usable Space

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My client’s new home promised to provide everything that he might have hoped for and more.  An open kitchen, great room, formal and casual dining, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, game room, media room, formal library, office, exercise room and craft space.  What more could one person possibly need?  It wasn’t until it came time to pack his possessions that my client, a voracious reader, realized that his new home did not have easily accessible storage for his precious and enormous book collection.

There was only one “untapped” space:  an unfinished attic accessible only through a tiny door in the back of a long closet.  With no flooring and inconvenient access, the space was not likely to be used at all.

We eliminated the door at the back of the closet and installed more functional shelving. We substituted a full size door accessing the attic from the media room.  The attic space was insulated and finished off with HVAC, carpet, lighting and electrical.  Custom bookcases were designed to provide maximum book storing capacity.

With the addition of his favorite lounge chair, my client now has a private and quiet place to read, meditate and pray.  Although a near afterthought, the room is among my client’s favorite in his new home.

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About amyweltyanderson

My name is Amy Anderson, President, Design Perspectives LLC. I offer my clients comprehensive design assistance for their home from conception through implementation. Services range from design consulting, to remodeling, to decorating, to staging to live or sell. I have a unique background which sets me apart in the interior design field. In addition to my experience in art and design, my undergraduate degree is in civil engineering. As a result, I am able to interpret blueprints, visualize designs 3-dimensionally, communicate effectively with contractors and raise critical questions during a remodeling project. My clients may fully envision their finished project in advance through the use of product boards, drawings and computer-aided design tools. With ten years of sales, service and management experience at IBM, I am fully committed to excellence and customer service, and bring strong communication and listening skills to my client relationships. I understand teamwork, project management and attention to detail. As a home designer, I am able to combine these professional skills with my artistic talents. I am thrilled to be pursuing my passion which benefits us both. I love what I do … my heart is in my vocation. I work diligently, enthusiastically, passionately …. assisting my clients in the creation of a beautiful and livable home.
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