I have remarked previously about how I wish our house had a built-in buffet or china cabinet like so many other bungalows in town. Who knows? At some point it may have had one, and perhaps someday there will be a buffet in this house again.
But what has really built up my angst about built-ins isn’t the buffet I’m missing, but the bookcase I’ve got. It all started when I discovered that the large built-in bookcase in my office is covering two windows that I had not realized were there. (Check out that revelation here.) I love the charm of this built-in furniture, but I just can’t accept keeping these shelves right in front of two more perfectly good windows.
Since I discovered those windows last November, the built-in bookcase’s days have been numbered. Over the past few days we have taken the first steps toward revealing our hidden windows. Through a bit of creative storage and a good amount of throwing out or recycling, Ms. Bungalow and I were able to clear all of my office materials out the shelving unit and prepare it for removal.
This will be a delicate procedure because we want to keep the shelves as intact as possible and because I need to have the home office in which the shelves are located remain a productive work place for me. I had hoped to be a little farther along after the weekend, but our entire household came down with influenza on Saturday and we’re just now beginning to recover.