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Both avid readers, the couple designed built-in bookcases along the great room wall to ensure plenty of storage space for their reading material. Hidden lighting in the fireplace's log mantel adds a soft glow to the stonework, which actually serves as a main source of heating for the expansive room. When the stones heat up from a fire and the sun's rays shine on them through the windows, they release heat slowly and warm the room to a comfortable temperature.

Both avid readers, the couple designed built-in bookcases along the great room wall to ensure plenty of storage space for their reading material. Hidden lighting in the fireplace’s log mantel adds a soft glow to the stonework, which actually serves as a main source of heating for the expansive room. When the stones heat up from a fire and the sun’s rays shine on them through the windows, they release heat slowly and warm the room to a comfortable temperature.