When Louis and Sue Ainsworth found themselves being overwhelmed by Louis' massive book collection, they took the drastic step of purchasing the home next door to house the books. The Twin Cities' Star Tribune has a feature explaining the couple's decision to build an atrium connecting the two buildings, and the conversion of the house next door into a giant two story library. Though this is obviously not a solution many people can adopt, it just may qualify as any bibliophile's dream.
The Ainsworths orginally planned to tear down the house next door but after researching the property, decided to renovate instead given the shared history of the two homes. Architect Daryl Hansen designed the new atrium and tied the two properties together by covering the entire exterior with charcoal grey stucco and matching narrow shutters.
For more details and pictures, check out the original story: Star Tribune | A Remodel for the Books.
Images: Daryl Hansen