The built-in bookcase that I’m removing from my office is all but gone. I pulled the top bookcase off the cabinet base (with only minor damage) and moved it to the garage for storage with the help of Ms. Bungalow.
Now only the base remains in the office and its continued presence is just a technicality. If there wasn’t a fresh coat of snow and ice on the steps and sidewalk between here and the garage door, it would already be gone from the room.
Even though the base cabinet is still hanging around, the visual change in the room is evident and dramatic. The picture above doesn’t really capture the full airy quality of this room that now has six windows making up almost all the visual space for two walls. It feels positively porch-like now.
With all these windows, I’ll have some great cross-ventilation for the hot summer days ahead, but in winter the office is now easily the coldest room in the house. Clearly I will need to weatherstrip all of these windows and invest in window insulator kits for winter.
As for the bookcase, I still haven’t decided what to do with it now that it is out of the room. There is a lot of oak boards and plywood that could be useful for another project of some kind. On the other hand, I don’t have any immediate plans for furniture building, so I may give Craigslist a try. For the time being, I am looking for other places around the house to reuse the bookcase.