With many of us working from home the past year and potentially for the foreseeable future, we have been helping our clients work through their home office design options. Each homeowner has a different style and functional needs. Below we review some of our recent projects and the goals behind each design.
Long gone are the days of the small desk in the kitchen. Homeowners are now using the mudroom/laundry space between the garage and the kitchen as the family workhorse. Our clients already had great storage for backpacks, shoes, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc. but no spot for household management activities. They wanted a good-sized desk to drop mail and keys on the way in, work on a laptop and store paperwork etc. Their home has a minimalist look, so we kept that feel for this space. This simple design in the midst of the family bustle suits their home office needs perfectly.
Our client was looking to create a workspace that was more of a personal getaway. We created the perfect spot for her during the redesign of the master bedroom, bath and closet. Right off the bedroom, she uses the space as a place of respite and household management. We added a TV, lots of flexible storage options, a large desk and comfortable seating. The look blends with the master bedroom design yet gives her the private, quiet retreat she was looking for.
Our client knew she needed a fully functioning home office when we were designing her whole house remodel. We created a large space separate from the main living area to give her the functionality and privacy she needed. Gorgeous wallpaper, unique architectural elements like crown molding and a ceiling medallion, and a glass chandelier continued the French Country look of the rest of her home into the office. Functionality was important in this space too; we repurposed antique French cabinets into storage and included canned lights for work lighting. When employees and clients visit her home office, they get a sense of her personal style in the midst of the intense work that goes on there.
Our client is happily retired from his long career, but he still spends a lot of time managing his family’s interests. He wanted to have a smaller version of his corporate office in his home. The traditional feel included built-in cabinetry, a large desk and comfortable seating. We even brought in an art lighting consultant to ensure his extensive art collection was lit appropriately. The office gives him the work-like feel he was looking for, but with personal touches that add to his enjoyment of the space.
Steve Gray Renovations’ office is in our home, something we truly enjoy. Running a full-time business out of our house has a lot of benefits, but it also means that when we entertain, our friends and family are in the midst of our work. When we redesigned our lower level, we created an office space that suits our daily life but also blends well with the rest of the space. Knowing how we work helped us plan for desk space, storage needs, computer capabilities and seating. Click here to learn more about this project, including pictures of our mid-century modern bar and work by local artisans Walter Knabe and Blice Edwards.
As you can see, each home office design we create is custom built for the needs of those who will be using it. While developing each project, we consider the following questions to help determine the best configuration:
We also have interior designers available to help our clients wade through all the design decisions, such as color, finishes, furniture, etc.