The Book Nook Inn — It’s in the Details

Stair project


This post is a detailed description of what I have planned, what I have accomplished so far, and what I still need to do.

My Assets

House, bedrooms, personality, yard, supportive children, and a desire to succeed.


What I Want to Do

Set my basement up to function as an Air Bed and Breakfast with literature-themed rooms, a literal Book Nook included, with a goal of hosting writers’ workshops by the end of the year.  I have two bedrooms, a bathroom, a large family room, and what I have always fondly referred to as my futility room (because it’s futile to ever get to the bottom of it) to work with.  


The plan is to create a three bedroom suite of rooms, with a full kitchen and laundry facilities, and of course the book nook, a lending library built into the “nook” under the stairs. Each room will be reflective of a book, the family room will become a combination bedroom/sitting room, and will feature a theme based on The Secret Garden, the other two rooms will be The Three Musketeers, and a sea-based book, probably 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with a nautical/steampunk feel to it. I am still working on coming up with an book theme for the kitchen, which will feature the supplies for self-serve breakfasts.


I will be able to advertise the place as a good base for day trips to area canyons, hot springs, and lakes; and also as a place close to BYU for Education Week, Women’s Conference, and graduations. Spanish Fork also makes a good stopping place for people traveling to St. George or Las Vegas. 

Should you wish to help me out, please visit Go Fund Me. And thank you!

When I Want to Have It Completed 

First two rooms up and running by first week of May, project completed by October. 

Phase I  – What I Need to Have Initial Two Rooms Available by May 1st

What work needs to be finished so I can open up and start running the business with two rooms, one a bedroom/sitting room the second a bedroom both with queen beds:

Logo created, website up and optomized for SEO with meaningful content written, signage for house installed, registration with Airbnb.

Doors –  Exterior door replaced with keypad lock, door installed to separate upstairs from downstairs installed with number pad keylock

Floors – Have most of the supplies I still need three gallons of polyurethane, and edging to bridge from room to room. A fire board to put a gas or wood burning stove on.

Curtain to cover laundry area until kitchen is done.

Trim cut to put in hallway and futility room.


Book Nook (Downstairs hallway & under stair storage)

Book titles in hallway (vinyl)

Acquire books whose titles are on the stairs and wall.


Secret Garden Room  – Sitting Room/Bedroom Combination

Furnishings – I have an amazing wrought iron bedframe, but I still need box springs and mattress, and an armoire for guests’ clothing storage, and curtains/blinds. And I would love to find an old fashioned wheel chair, and a Victrola  to complete the look.


Three Musketeers Room

I have a bedframe, but I still need box spring and mattress, end table, chair, linens, full-length mirror, curtains/blinds



Light switch needs to be moved. I will need a new shower curtain, towel storage, ironing board, & blow dryer


Snack Area (Until full kitchen can be finished.)

I will have an island with do it yourself breakfast supplies. I already have a refrigerator, and I will need to add a microwave, toaster oven, and Belgian waffle maker, and an instant hot water teapot


Fence Moved & privacy panel and gate installed to separate the entrance to the Air BnB from my backyard, so Captain Underfoot (my adorable, entertaining dog) can get to the back yard without disturbing guests, and so I don’t have to worry about a guest leaving the gate open.

Porch lights replaced (I have the lights, they just need to be installed.)

Light fixtures installed in futility room.

Food and Misc. supplies to get started.


Phase II – What I Need to Have for Full Air BnB – with Kitchen

The idea is to have a full-basement available for Air Bed and Breakfast, it could sleep from 6 – 8 people per night.

Third Bedroom

This room needs to have the old ceiling tiles removed, and sheetrock and texturing, and a new light fixture for the ceiling to be in good shape.  I will also need a bed and other furnishings. I will need a queen or double bunk bed/single on top, with mattresses, chairs, end table, steamer chest, lamps, linens, etc.  


I already have a sink, a stove, and a refrigerator, and my brothers will help me put it all in. I just need to get the rest of the necessary supplies to do the electrical and plumbing, and the cabinets and countertops, and paint.

Stacking washer/dryer set – because I will need to move them when doing the kitchen.

Phase III – New Roof, Deck Repaired or Replaced, Sprinkling System/Landscape, Siding/Roof for  Storage Shed

This part could actually happen concurrently with the other two phases; It  would be a wonderful thing if I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I can make it through another winter with the roof the way it is. I am pretty sure it’s the original roof from when the house was built in the early 1970s.

The roof is in pretty rough shape, it is the original roof for the house, and needs to be replaced.

The soffit needs to be repainted, and it needs rain gutters in several places too.

The deck need to be repaired or replaced. It has already been partially taken down because of the condition it is in. (No guests would need to be on the deck for any reason.)

Sprinkling system  – Yard work has never been my friend. Having a sprinkling system might mean actually having a lawn, instead of what I lovingly refer to as my meadow.


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