built-in nook with storage, farmhouse remodel with barn addition
Photo: John Gruen
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Restful Nook

"I'm romantic about old glass," says Bobby, backing into the story of the see-through entry. Seems he had nabbed four pairs of French doors, "weighing about 200 pounds apiece," at another salvage store—he and Eric seem able to find these places in their sleep—for no particular reason aside from their wavy glass. After being allowed to kick around the construction site for months while the crew knocked out interior walls, the ungainly set landed a creative job assignment: to set off the entry without blocking the view or the flow of light. "We could have it both ways," says Bobby. "The glass walls are a way of having a defined space without closing it up."

Shown: A built-in tucked under the addition's roofline provides snoozing space as well as storage.
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