a built in nook under the stairs

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Put that awkward space under the stairs to good use- add built in book shelves, a bench and a small closet

So, we closed on our house last week. Honestly, that was a sad, sad day for me. Not only did we love that house, we poured so much of ourselves into the remodeling. Since moving overseas wasn’t even a thought until, well, until Adam interviewed for a job overseas mid-March, we picked details we loved for each and every project we took on.

Now, I have to say, it IS fun to have someone else fall in love with all of the details of your house. However, it was still difficult to hand over the keys for our labor of love to someone else.

Since closing, I’ve been sifting through our before and after pictures (and some of the in-between ones as well). And even though we don’t live there right now, I still thought I’d share the pictures of the projects I haven’t put on here yet.

First up- the under the stairs nook.

The perfect use for the space under the stairs- book shelves, a bench, drawers and even a little closetWhen we bought the house, we figured we’d have to do something with the space under the stairs- it was one of those quirky, not-quite-sure-what-to-do-with-it spots. It occupied prime real estate near the entrance to our house, but wasn’t functional for anything. under the stair nook- before and afterAfter some brainstorming (and an assessment of what the house was most needing), adding a built in book shelf, bench and mini closet seemed the best way to use that space. One added bonus- we could configure the tall shelves to accommodate my hard-won card catalog. under the stair nookIt was the best surprise ever when Adam and one of his friends, Justin, hammered out the majority of the built-in making while I was in Idaho meeting my newest niece! I wasn’t around for the tedious assembly (turns out that square-ness was not a strength of our house builders… though, since we keep buying old houses, we’ve come to expect as much), but the finished product totally exceeded my hopes. globe collectionThis little under-the-stairs nook ended up being not only the perfect space for my collection of globes (ok, honestly, that’s just part of the collection), but also a great spot to cozy up to read or to snuggle. I just love this space! Even better- there are several more room tours from the not-ours-anymore house in the works- can’t wait to share them!

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    1. Alicia, I know you miss your old house so much too! Thanks for the kind words about the nook. 🙂

  1. LOVE! I know you just moved but would you please come to my house and help me figure out what to do??? I’ve only lived in a small apartment & condo the last 12 years and have no idea to do with all this room! 😉

  2. That card catalogue is AMAZING!! I’m ery lucky in the fact that I’m actually living back int he house i grew up in from the ages of 2-18 years old. My paretns still owned it and are renting it to us (we will hopefully buy it some day!) and I love the fact that its my house and I know every nook and cranny but I can finally get to change around some bits and pieces that I’ve had in my mind for YEARS. I’d be devestated if I ahd to give up any of my nooks let alone the house. I bet you’ll have some even better nooks in your new home though 🙂 xx

    1. Charlotte, what fun! I love the way a home is the holder of so many memories- how lucky to be in your childhood house! 🙂
      And I share your love for the card catalog… 🙂

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