Better Renovations: The Library, Before

Here's our starting point for the main communal space, which has served as an intimidating library for many many years (yes, Steve read all of those books).
Key points:
  • Keeping green while applying design techniques to what has been and will continue to be a farmhouse. Rustic but clean look, lots of reclaimed wood, etc. etc.
  • Keeping all the books (expanding the last wall to match the others as floor-to-ceiling storage? Using casters on the floating middle shelves?)
  • Eventually laying down new flooring (in interim, filling all the knotholes in existing floor wood)
  • Sealing the space under the ramp (currently leads draftily to original foundation, basement)
  • Patching up dents in the wall, fresh paint as needed
  • New seating arrangement (starting with throwing out that old couch--there's a reason Lana put a cover on it! Ideally maybe a very large L couch with fold-out capabilities so it doubles as a sleeping area?)
  • Figuring out a way to insulate. There are a lot of windows and a big sliding glass door in this room. It's drafty!

Ideas and suggestions welcome!
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.