If we use beams, Colin is imagining "something lighter and less rough-hewn or more finished" than these. Although the majority of our bookshelves will be in the library walls/halls, not in rooms like this or many of those shown in Houzz images, Colin's let me know he'd like built-in shelves and workspace in the shared study. From Sarah: Actually, I really like the beams. They're fun.
We like this. It looks a lot like what we have, like, are used to and fairly efficient use of shelf and wall space. Are those drawers at the bottom of the shelves? Especially since we will be having tall baseboards, could we have drawers or otherwise openable, usable hidden-seeming spaces behind some of the baseboards? From Sarah: more than the other pictures, this reminded me of the lakehouse. But ALSO it looks more cluttered than some of the other pictures, so that's more a note for you guys than for the builders, as I think it's just about how they laid out the shelves. Though actually it may also be that these shelves feel a tad shorter, packed in. Some of the shelves in these pictures feel further apart and I like that.
"Nothing not to like," per Colin--quite basic and utilizes back wall to create what isn't really a "bookcase." All our library hall walls could be like this, probably less deep and with movable shelves. From Sarah: I like this one sort of built in and starting higher up, but I also am not sure how necessary it would be for you to start it higher up--seems like you'd lose some space that you could use.
Again, simple and variably spaced bookshelves that do not overwhelm the space or shout "Books!" the way our house has over the years come to do. From Sarah: I assume you guys plan to go adjustable? Some of these pictures, the shelves don't look adjustable. In a way I prefer the non-adjustable look--it seems cleaner to me. But in this picture they've done a nice job and it still looks clean and modern and homey, so this could be OK.
This is nice. We like the over-the-door part, but that doesn't really fit into our new house's design anywhere--duh. From Sarah: the spacing of these shelves is better. More room for air and the room feels brighter because more of the white is showing. I think it's just about making each shelf a bit taller so that a bit more of the white peeks out and brightens the room, feels less cluttered and packed to the brim.