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Adjustable shelves between boards.

Adjustable shelves between boards The bold horizontal patterns in this study are actually the backbone for a neat system of adjustable shelving. Spaces between cedar boards allow shelves to slide in at any height, and helped transform a small extra bedroom into a functional home office.

Architect John Caldwell of Santa Monica began the remodel of this 12- by 12-foot room by removing the closet doors and painting all the walls black. ("We were a little skeptical at that point," the owners admit.)

Next he nailed rough-sawn cedar boards to the studs of all four walls and the closet recesses. He started at the floor with 3 rows of 1-by-8, then 2 rows of 1-by-6 (one below and one above the counter), and finally 11 rows of 1-by-4. Each row is separated by a gap just a hair wider than the thickness of the round-nosed stair tread that serves as shelving. (Caldwell used 3/4-inch oak tread, a size not widely available; you might have to settle for 3/4-inch-thick milled lumber or thicker stair tread.)

Just below the ceiling, the panelling was framed out from the wall to create a wrap-around soffit for indirect lighting. Additional indirect lights are mounted to the ceilings of the closets.
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