August: Glass Shelves Brighten Our View
After thickening existing kitchen walls to accommodate extra insulation and new plumbing, TOH reader Matt Totaro ended up with deep-set windows above his sink. So the homeowner and his wife, Connie, put the extra 9 inches of space to work by installing shelves for their potted plants. They chose ½-inch-thick pieces of glass, so as not to block the sunlight, and hung two in each window. Small strips of molding, painted to match the casing, act as supports. More than a year later, Matt’s still thrilled with the result: "Now I don’t have to stare at the neighbor’s house every time I wash the dishes," he says.