AFTER MUCH DEBATE, WE DECIDED to add a computer desk to the row of bookshelves in the upstairs hallway so the kids can plug their laptops into the Internet if they need to go online, and we can still salvage a little peace of mind. It looks as if it were built that way originally. We're happy to see that the kids have taken to doing their homework there instead of at the kitchen island.
We also finished the gallery over the foyer. Thanks to the thick walls on the second level (which also give us those deep windowsills we love), we were able to build in enough shelves to more than make up for what we lost by adding the computer desk down the hall—without taking away any of the floor space in the gallery. It's a great finish to the upstairs.