Richard Sherer, CEO/Founder | Nicholas Blavat, AIA/NCARB | Natalie Erickson, ASID
Deep River Partners, Ltd., Milwaukee, WI
Part of a new Craftsman-style home, this library in Chenequa, WI was designed to be a sophisticated work-from-home retreat with a masculine aesthetic. Dual-passage doors topped with transoms, along with a double-sided fireplace adjoining the Great Room, ensure that the space isn’t completely closed off from the rest of the home.
To create an appropriate atmosphere for a home library, the design team integrated custom woodwork, with rich wall-to-wall shelving, built-in cabinetry with decorative pulls from Rocky Mountain Hardware and eye-catching ceiling beams. Caramel-colored leather inserts add to the sumptuous feel of the space.
For maximized work-from-home productivity and relaxation time, the room is integrated with smart technology features for lighting, sound, window shades and more. Programmable overhead and down lights, as well as accent lights for shelves, can set the atmosphere for any activity, while the lakefront view outside the window is easily visible from the desk through French doors with casement and transom windows.
As a fun and dramatic extra touch, there is a secret door leading from the first floor master suite, concealed in the floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Radiant floor heating and windows with roller shades ensure a comfortable temperature at all times.