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Books under stairs, on the wall, overhead in the hall.

Books under stairs, on the wall, overhead in the hall Blending function and esthetics, the end wall of this remodeled living room became a stairway to a loft as well as a storage and display wall. Architect John Evans of Half Moon Bay, California, says his space-efficient design was inspired by Japanese housing.

Except for the open area have the stairs, the wall provides floor-to-ceiling storage. The 27-inch-high cabinets along the bottom have oak-framed doors; the top flows into the stair landing.

From the landing, the rise and run of the stairs establish the spacing for the storage compartments below them. Stair treads are solid fir; the risers and shelf framework are 3/4-inch fir plywood with 1/2- by 3/4-inch edge trim.

Over an adjoining hallway, Evans also created a bookcase n teh triangle formed by the roof gable. Progressively shorter 2-by-12 shelves run between the top of the laundry closet and the roof peak.
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