As circumstances change over the years, many clients return to Richard M. Cole & Associates to craft architectural solutions to new needs.

The owners of this gracious home first commissioned RMC&A years ago to design accommodations for their young family.

Now the charge was to add a home library and office for the newly empty nest. The program called for copious light, views to the garden, a fireplace, a congenial workspace and, most important, shelving for thousands of volumes that had been scattered throughout the house.

The architect designed a one-and-one-half-story, classically detailed wing with a clerestory lantern that floods the space with light. The new addition sits squarely on the footprint of an earlier wing, incorporating some of the original foundation, in order to preserve mature trees and landscape.

The new library addition serves the clients as a cozy space to read and work from home as the fine old house evolves to meet a new stage of its owners’ life.

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