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Hooked on Nooks: The grown-up version of childhood “forts”

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Hooked on Nooks: The grown-up version of childhood “forts”

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Whether it was walls of strategically placed boxes, a blanket thrown over a step ladder or a treehouse, our childhood forts provided a delightful sense of privacy and security. They were our cozy little places in a big, scary world. With adulthood, we left behind our parents’ house and our forts, and we took up residence in our own homes. Yet, even when we have copious amounts of living space, we still seem to feel the need to carve out a private place.

While today’s open floor plans are great for creating a sense of togetherness and for entertaining, they sometimes leave things feeling a little too open. As the owner of a home featured on New England Living TV said, it is important to incorporate “lots of private spaces” in a home with an open floor plan. When that’s the case, it’s time to think about creating a nook.  .  . or two.

breakfast nook

If a major renovation isn’t in your short-term plans, introducing a nook can be as easy as adding a banquet to your kitchen. This nook, from a custom home that was designed and built by Patriot Builders of Harwich Port, Mass., was retrofitted to the existing space and offers a casual eating area that is a touch more intimate than dining at a kitchen island.

A nook can take virtually any form and is a welcome addition to any room. These spaces will feel snug and inviting, instead of confining, if you include windows in the design.

marvin windows

This fairly spacious nook extends off the kitchen. With arched windows from Marvin Windows and Doors that subtly mimic the archway, the eye is drawn deep into the welcoming space.

breakfast nook

This fairly spacious nook extends off the kitchen. With arched windows from Marvin Windows and Doors that subtly mimic the archway, the eye is drawn deep into the welcoming space.

A small bump-out addition with wrap-around windows and banquet seating offers a charming and space-efficient dining area.

This elegant reading nook is the definition of a “grown-up fort.” Imagine drawing the curtain and spending a few hours poring over that novel you’ve been meaning to get to for months.

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What could have been wasted space becomes a private haven with the addition of windows and a custom-made window seat that fills the L-shaped alcove in a dressing room.

In today’s hectic, overly scheduled world, finding a place for ourselves isn’t just a nice concept, it feels like an absolute necessity.