Before we ever started our house project, I imagined that designing a house meant being able to build in perfect details like floor-to-ceiling bookshelves along the stairs. I learned it means a lot of compromise; our stairway bookshelves got squeezed out of the final plans. We ended up adding it back during construction, even though there was only room for a couple small shelves. For awhile I regretted it, it seemed like such a fuss for something so small. But now that it’s finished, I really do love it.