Smart alcoves add charm and comfort

Enhance underused areas with creative storage, display areas, and curl-up nooks

Landing pad

Thomas J. Story

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Alcoves ― small recesses opening off a room or hallway ― add character and extra functionality to a home. Whether used for relaxing by a window, to gain storage, or for displaying art or floral arrangements, these intimate niches are effective ways to enhance underutilized areas.


When Bruce Teel redesigned this house, the owners asked for a place where the husband, a lawyer, could keep his things organized. Teel designed a "landing pad" for him in a hallway. He can stand and make phone calls from the tall desk, while drawers offer a place to store documents and loose change.

Design: Bruce Teel Architect, San Francisco (415/957-9299)

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