Consisting of a built-in storage/wall unit and a matching free standing desk which fits into a bay window.
The Space: A spare room devoted exclusively to a home office.
The Need: To provide a professional home office for intensive use when the client is in town (they split their time between another city and San Francisco). The clients were relocating to the City from the suburbs and wanted a home office which reflected the quality and style of their other furnishings in the newly rehabilitated home. They needed file and regular drawer space as well as general cabinet storage and a place for their computer and all the associated peripherals. They wanted an elegant, sophisticated look with a "mid century modern" sensibility.
The Solution: After discussing numerous layouts with the clients, InHouse designed a built-in mahogany wall unit with a complementary free standing desk which fits neatly into the adjacent bay. When closed, there is no hint that the wall unit "hides" the equipment and files. The shape of the desktop reflects that of the surrounding bay window. It is softened with a tapered edge. The desk’s oval legs further soften the overall look of the piece. No hardware is visible on the curved drawer fronts. Wire management is integrated into both units. InHouse also provided color consultation services. Stained mahogany, solids and veneers.
QUARTERED WALNUT HOME OFFICE/LIBRARY
The Space: A den in a San Francisco
suburban home with a painted brick fire
place on one wall and a pair of French doors
which open out to a rear yard on another.
The Need: A home office/library for one
person with ample space for the client’s
books. The client is very tech-savvy and
wanted a desk for two monitors and a
versatile storage cabinet for one large
printer. Wire management was extremely
important and needed to be integrated into
any solution. The client asked that InHouse
create a warm, traditional design with a lot
of character. Initially the task was to
create only a home office on one wall but
the scope of services grew to include
reworking the fireplace wall to give the
entire room a unified, warm appearance.
The Solution: InHouse designed a home
office for one wall with ample bookshelves
and storage in a traditional motif featuring
cabinetry of American Quartered Walnut with
panels of Karelian Burl. The tall
storage/printer cabinet houses a printer on
a pull-out shelf behind a pull-up door. A
ventilated compartment to dock a laptop was
created below the printer and adjacent to
the ancillary work surface. The tall cabinet
includes two file drawers and a pull-out
“bread-board” to provide additional work
space while copying/printing. The peninsula
desk, situated to face the backyard, was
given a curved end to soften the feel of
this otherwise rectilinear solution. Hidden
under cabinet LED track lighting was
installed and pop-up electrical outlets and
slots for wires were strategically placed on
all work surfaces.
Home Office Peninsula
The fireplace wall was paneled in
quartered walnut to match the home office
cabinetry. The windows were covered with
flush walnut framed “hammered” glass doors
which were designed to disappear into the
walls as the client wanted to minimize the
appearance of the windows. A beautiful
custom walnut moulding which matched that of
the home office, replaced the original crown
while the brick fireplace surround and
hearth was sheathed in marble and surrounded
by a new mantle to complement the home
office cabinetry. On either side of the new
mantle walnut bookshelves were designed to
run the length of the room. InHouse designed
and facilitated the installation of the
cabinetry and electrical work and provided
the color consultation for the room.
The Space: A home office in Marin County in a recently built luxury home with a commanding view of the surrounding hills.
The Need: Create a new home office for a multi-media executive that could accommodate a work style which necessitated accommodating the best and latest computer equipment in a contemporary upscale yet relaxed setting. Ample storage was needed as well as a small communal worksurface where members of the Client’s family could occupy themselves while he worked. The Client preferred to integrate unusual species of woods and materials in any solution.
The Solution: A partial perimeter solution with cabinetry composed of Makore (African Cherry) cabinets set against a wall of eucalyptus with cantilevered eucalyptus shelves for display. The main desk consists of two components: a central Makore work area (which holds a tablet, a large monitor and an articulating keyboard tray) and an oval shaped cylinder made of eucalyptus with a butterfly veneer pattern on top. This cylindrical worksurface appears solid from one perspective but actually opens up to provide knee space should one or two family members choose to pull up a stool. Ample storage and workspace is provided for the Client’s multi-media equipment and camera collection with a specially designed velvet lined drawer to accommodate numerous lenses. The existing carpet on the floor was replaced with a wenge wood floor to highlight the custom designed Makore and Eucalyptus cabinetry. Color and lighting consultation services were also provided.
FIDDLEBACK OAK HOME OFFICE FOR TWO
The Space: A gutted rectangular room overlooking the water in an older Victorian home.
The Need: A home office for a retired couple with two distinct spaces to accommodate a work and storage area for their respective computers, multiple printers and other audio equipment. The clients wanted the room to house a large collection of books, sheet music, and CDs with a hidden bookcase/door that opens into an adjacent guest room. They looked to InHouse to determine the aesthetics of the design.
The Solution: A home office/den where every surface, including the ceiling, is covered in Fiddleback Oak panels and rails with a natural finish. The drawer and door faces of the cabinetry reflect an asian influence while picking up the Victorian vocabulary of existing details in the home. Rift Oak cabinets and work surfaces hug the perimeter of the room providing ample work space to spread out while accommodating files, multiple printers and other equipment as well as miscellaneous storage. InHouse provided lighting and electrical consultation as well.
Photo: H12 - Bookcase/door closed
Photo: H12 - Bookcase/door open
Photo: H13 Printer cabinet closed
Photo: H13 Printer cabinet open
Photo: H14 Printer Cabinet closed
Photo: H14 Printer Cabinet Open
Photo: H15 - Detail of panel, rail and crown molding
BUILT-IN NATURAL CHERRY HOME OFFICE
The Space: An extended hallway on the ground floor of a newly rebuilt home.
The Need: The Client wanted a clean, contemporary home office that did not look like it was part of the hallway. The office had to have sufficient shelf space for his books, drawer space for his files and he wanted his computer equipment to be hidden as well.
Photo: H16 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H16 Cabinet doors open
The Solution: InHouse created a room out of the hallway by adding a wall with a pocket door which matched a similar door across the hall. The entry to the new home office was positioned to allow for a non-intrusive built-in home office along an entire wall of the former hall. A heating vent and electrical fixtures had to be relocated. An armoire with pocketing doors provides storage for the printer/fax/scanner on a pull-out shelf, space for supplies and two lateral file drawers. Adjacent to the armoire is a desk for computer work, additional file space, all purpose drawers and a CPU cabinet. They are complemented by "floating" shelves which run the length of the wall. Wire management is integrated throughout all components. Color consultation services were also provided. Natural Cherry, solids and veneers with a colored cork tackboard.
The Space: A recently purchased home less than a year old.
The Need: To design and build a traditionally inspired comprehensive home office for a retired client incorporating an entertainment area with state-of-the-art equipment in a large lower level space. An overly wide and long hallway adjacent to the space was to be integrated into the solution.
Photo: H17 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H17 Cabinet doors open
The Solution: InHouse worked with the clients on dividing the large room into three distinct areas with one complimentary “look”. One area houses the office itself which was configured in a “U”. The office overlooks a second area devoted to seating and entertaining. This area is centered around a flat screen TV which is visible from the office as well. A large cabinet under the TV hides the speakers and subwoofers.
The perimeter walls contain open shelves which house part of the clients’ library.
The multi-media equipment is housed in a third space, an empty niche adjacent to the office. The nearby hallway was redesigned to become an extension of the larger space and houses the balance of the clients’ library. Cherry wood with a distressed finish. InHouse designed the lighting and electrical improvements and consulted on the room color. Electrical, cabinetry and sheetrock improvements were all facilitated by InHouse.
Photo: H20 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H20 Cabinet doors open
SAUSALITO HOME OFFICE
The Space: A small rectangular room directly off the main entry of a contemporary home. The space, serving as a full time home office for one person, contained a free standing desk and sofa with storage provided by one small, underutilized closet.
The Need: To create a home office for two workers: one full time and one part time. Any solution needed to accommodate the husband’s photographic interests by integrating a large photo printer, tablet and scanner. The clients also suggested reconfiguring the existing closet for better utility and possibly putting a new door on it to match any newly designed cabinetry in the room. They wanted to maximize file and storage space and to create a design that reflected the quality of their recently upgraded/redecorated home. This was the last room that needed to be redesigned and they wanted it to be both functional and beautiful.
Photo: H21 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H21 Cabinet doors open
Photo: H22 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H22 Cabinet doors open
The Solution:An almost symmetric maple/birdseye maple perimeter solution which gave the space closest to the view and daylight to the wife who worked full time from home during the day. A central tower of maple with birdseye maple doors and drawer fronts provides access to a shared printer/fax/scanner on a pull out shelf behind pocketing doors. There is a large “breadboard” under the printer which provides additional space for both workers, and a file and pencil drawer for each. Each individual work area is completed by a “floating” birdseye maple rectangular cube containing additional drawer space. A perimeter shelf under the worksurface provides additional “hidden” storage.
Rather than just rearrange the space in the existing closet and adding a new door as the clients suggested, the entire closet wall was gutted to capture formerly inaccessible space to its side. The wall was then reframed to allow a large new cabinet to be installed. This cabinet, faced in birdseye maple, provides room for the photo printer (on a pull out shelf), file drawers and miscellaneous storage for other supplies on numerous pull-outs. InHouse consulted on the colors, lighting and electrical needs of the space and facilitated the carpet selection, purchase and installation as well as the painting and electrical work.
RIFT OAK HOME OFFICE:
The Space: used as a children’s playroom, exercise room and home office, this long rectangular space is located adjacent to the master bedroom on the ground floor of a home. The far end of the room provided access to a rear yard and was the only source of natural light.
The Need: The clients asked InHouse to design and build a professional home office for the wife combined with a custom playroom for the children with an Asian influenced design solution.
After careful analysis of the clients’ needs and the layout of the home, InHouse suggested an alternative use for the room. By relocating the children’s playroom upstairs in the current library/guest room, the redesigned space could become an “adult suite” serving as a combination home office/library which could also accommodate the occasional guest on an existing sleeper sofa. This revised solution allowed the room to be a quieter space than it would otherwise have been had it remained a playroom which was important considering its location near the master bedroom. The clients agreed with the InHouse analysis and asked for the room to house a home office with a separate area for a library and sofa. Additionally, they requested a design for a storage/bar area (see Custom Furniture & Built-In Cabinetry) for the small entry area adjacent to this new office/library.
The Solution: After considering various layouts for the library and new home office, a light Rift Oak office was designed for the rear of the space next to the windows and door to the yard in order to take advantage of the view of the garden and the natural light. The solution provides ample display space above the desk in rectangular niches. A custom designed organizer accommodates individual file folders, bills and letters as well as providing a closed compartment for the client’s numerous chargers for her camera, phone, and personal organizer. Drawers and cabinets offer ample space for files and other personal storage needs. Wire management is integrated throughout the design.
Low dividing walls containing “windows” of resin with embedded reeds separate the home office from the library. This solution serves several purposes: it keeps the space visually unified, allows natural light to penetrate into the entire room, and provides privacy for the “U” shaped home office. The front of the room now houses a sleeper sofa surrounded by the clients’ collection of books on existing shelving units from their formerly upstairs library. InHouse also consulted on the lighting design, electrical work and colors.
The Space: An underutilized room in a single family home used as an occasional home office and art studio with "make-do" furnishings.
The Need: To create a special space for an office for two and an art studio which resembles more a home library than a work space. The need was to maximize storage, book shelves, files and computer equipment while creating a welcoming warm environment as this room is in a highly visible location.
Photo: H26 Cabinet doors closed and open
The Solution: InHouse ripped out all existing walls and cabinetry, rewired the room, added lighting, moved the air conditioning vent and designed an entire new room within the former shell. A closet was ripped out and an art area was created with a tilting laminate work surface This easily washable surface was complemented by built in laminate storage shelves and cabinetry. The remainder of the room houses two separate computer workstations with copious files and shelving. InHouse created a playful design for all storage/file cabinets as they serendipitously protrude/cantilever into the room beyond the shelving. The computer equipment is housed in a curved central unit under the main window. Custom wood knobs hug the curved surface. Within the storage unit, the printer/fax/scanner sits on a pull-out shelf. The docking stations are hidden in small compartments near each desk surface. Ample storage is also provided as is under cabinet lighting. InHouse designed a lit entry archway surrounding two French doors and provided the carpeting and color consultation as well. Cherry, solids and veneers, Pionite Plastic Laminate.
KIREI BOARD AND WALNUT HOME OFFICE, STORAGE AND MEDIA CENTER
The Space: A small multipurpose room in a mid century modern home.
The Need: An updated family room with a home office for one, an area for a flat screen TV and related equipment, and storage for files, photos and miscellaneous items. The Client indicated interest in a “green” solution.
The Solution: A storage intensive design, limiting all cabinetry to one wall maximized the space in the room. The home office was inserted into an existing niche between two large cabinets, one which houses the TV and stereo equipment and the other which contains file drawers and storage cabinets. The sides of these large cabinets which define the office niche were designed for a printer, file organizers as well as other tools for the office. This design allowed these items to be accessible to the office worker yet hidden from the adjacent hallway. Kirei Board, a green product composed of edible sorghum grass, provided visual activity which was counterbalanced by a dark walnut. The walnut served to ground the overall look of the cabinetry while picking up on the darker tones of the Kirei Board. InHouse designed the lighting and electrical improvements as well.
Photo: H29 After
Photo: H30 TV Cabinet Open
Photo: H31 Angle View
Photo: H32 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H32 Cabinet doors open
CUSTOM STORAGE UNIT
The Space: A long narrow rectilinear space with no windows and high ceilings with almost no room for built-ins.
The Solution: "Reclaim" an underutilized closet by ripping out the outer wall of the closet and inserting a custom storage unit to complement the curvilinear desksystem on the other side of the room (see below). The storage unit includes: pullout printer and fax shelves, adjustable storage shelves and dimmable recessed lights all housed behind two pocket doors. File and storage drawers are located on the lower portion of the unit. Maple veneer and solids, natural finish.
CUSTOM CURVILINEAR DESKSYSTEM
The Space: A long narrow rectilinear space with high ceilings and no windows.
The Need: A desk which could accommodate a monitor, CPU, and files.
The Solution: Create a curvilinear desk to "soften" the hard angles of the room. The desk design allows for computer and non-computer use. A floating pedestal houses the CPU, desk accessories and a file storage in a compact configuration. Maple veneer and solids, natural finish.
THE HORIZON DESK SYSTEM
The Space: A Doctor’s Office in a professional building.
The Need: A computer friendly desk system consisting of an executive desk which has the potential to accommodate a desk top computer, as well as a secondary computer work area with a conference table which could also serve as an additional work surface. The client wanted a contemporary, masculine, possibly Asian aesthetic in a darker wood. He also wanted the potential to add onto the system in the future. A system of modular components which could be reconfigured as his office grew was requested. He wanted to house or hide as much of the computer equipment as possible.
The Solution: A modular walnut desk system based on a Japanese "Tansu" motif. The executive desk is configured in an "L" shape with side cabinets (for files and printer storage) stepping down. All cabinetry is free standing and therefore interchangeable and expandable for maximum flexibility. Each cabinet has wire management built in and the secondary computer desk has a rear door to access the CPU compartment. Handles are custom designed to compliment the overall aesthetic. Walnut solids and veneers, medium dark stain.
The Space: A bedroom in a loft containing a bed and makeshift desk area. The room lacked an organized closet and adequate storage for both clothes and files.
The Need: To organize the room to allow for a home office/bedroom with adequate space for a computer, general storage, clothes, files and numerous VCR tapes (the client is in the arts and has numerous footage of his work). The room was not large but had high ceilings. The client did not want the design to look like a library nor did he want large, heavy pieces built in but expressed an interest in a contemporary "high tech" look.
The Solution: InHouse designed a "floating" wall system suspended from iron brackets which span from wall to ceiling. The numerous storage units are of various sizes and depths to accommodate different uses and are placed so that there is a lot of open space between them. The idea was to create an interesting pattern of wall hung storage units; some with doors, some with metal backs, some shallow and some deep in order to create visual "rhythm" on the main wall. White washed Birch cabinetry with brushed steel aluminum accents on drawer and door fronts.
The Space: A room located between a hallway and a master bedroom currently used for storage and an occasional home office. This room was an addition and was designed with no right angles.
The Need: A contemporary home office for occasional use that will house a laptop but no other equipment. The look was to be “clean and light” with a lot of storage, room to spread out, and space for the display of some sculpture. However, the client did not want the space to be overwhelmed by the cabinetry. The challenge was to design a built-in solution that would act as both an attractive entry to the master bedroom as well as a home office/sanctuary for the owner in an odd shaped space now used mostly as a passageway.
The Solution: InHouse designed, built and installed a contemporary bleached maple built-in home office. The solution consisted of a series of upper cabinets on the main wall facing the corridor. These cabinets “flowed” from left to right with each one becoming shallower as it approached the window wall. We carved out two niches in these cabinets with recessed lighting to spotlight the client’s sculpture collection. The cabinet doors wrap around the niches. The lower cabinetry was designed to accommodate both ventilation needs and to house ample file and small drawers. A fabric covered tackboard between the desk surface and the upper cabinetry added both color and a needed space for displaying sundry notes. A large “L” shaped desktop completed the design.
The Space: A very small room a few steps up from the main living level that was wedged between a hallway and the living room. The bulk of the storage space in the room was located in a small cabinet area built in over the stairway ceiling from the adjacent hallway.
The Need: The room was used as a full time home office and needed to be completely revamped to house two workers, a multitude of computers and equipment (the Client’s profession), CDs, books and misc. storage. The Clients wanted a soft, warm contemporary look. All equipment (except for one monitor) was to be out of site with ample room provided in adjacent cabinetry for misc. equipment and wire management. The Clients wanted the space to be “special” yet utilitarian and as inviting as the rest of their home since the new office was easily visible to visitors.
The Solution: InHouse demolished the existing cabinetry and expanded and rebuilt the closet area to maximize use of the space. On one side shelves were created for CDs and tech books while an adjacent cabinet housed two computers with associated wire management and electrical outlets included. Another cabinet (not pictured) was created to house a printer on a pullout shelf as well provide additional storage, making use of “dead” space located above the adjacent stairway ceiling. Book and CD shelves were added in an existing niche as well. The primary work area was designed as a working “jewel” for two people. It was made of Cherry wood with a solid, bowed edge detail which sweeps from right to left. The two work areas are bisected by a stepped storage cabinet which provides drawer, file and cabinet space for both workers. Glass shelves cantilever from each side of the upper cabinet and are highlighted by recessed cabinet lights. The whole area is capped by a niche for books. Across the room, a cantilevered bow shaped shelf (not shown) mimics the main work surface and was installed to hold artifacts. InHouse also provided other services including: color consultation, lighting and electrical design and carpeting selection, purchase and installation.
MASTER BEDROOM HOME OFFICE SUITE
The Space: A master bedroom in a single family home.
The Need: This couple was expecting a child and they had to give up the existing home office for the child’s bedroom. The only place they could accommodate a part time home office for two was in the master bedroom. They removed a sofa in a square bay and asked InHouse to build the office in that spot. They wanted the solution to hide the printer/fax/scanner and the shredder as well as house a CD burner and a file and pencil drawer. They needed a lot of additional file storage space as well as nightstands, book space and an area to display some of their personal items.
Photo: H40 Cabinet doors closed
Photo: H40 Cabinet doors open
The Solution: A free standing tightly designed desk for two with a central storage cabinet which accommodates and hides all the required equipment and wires was installed in the available bay. A new base for the bed was built to house deep file drawers which pull out laterally on either side of the bed (additional "trap doors" were created on top of the base, under the mattress to access "lost" space). A low profile cabinet was created for the foot of the bed to house a collection of the clients’ books as well as to provide a seating area (clients eventually had an upholstered pillow made for the top). Tall nightstands were designed in a darker finish to provide additional storage, display and individually lit bedside niches accessed from the sides of the units. Each nightstand has a "cap" of dimmable lights to provide additional light for reading and illuminating their artwork. Maple solids and veneers with two different stains.
The Need: An attractive storage unit to house a printer, printing supplies and files.
The Solution: InHouse created a natural maple credenza with adjustable pull out shelves for the printer and/or fax with wire management capability. Two complementary file drawers for either legal or letter files complete the design.
CUSTOM MAPLE HOME OFFICE
The Space: A second bedroom currently used as a make-shift home office.
The Need: A Contemporary Libary/Home Office with ample room to spread out and maxium space for books, files and general storage. Despite the intensive storage requirements, the client did not want the design to make the room seem small. Two work areas were requested; one for computer work and the other for a writing surface. It was not necessary to hide any of the equipment except for the computer CPU.
The Solution: A clean, solid, contemporary design in maple which wraps around three sides of the room. Upper shelving, which is given added thickness to create a more imposing effect, is relegated to the wall farthest from the entrance. Ample space for files, general storage, a CPU on a pullout shelf and wire management is provided for in the lower cabinetry. A secondary work space with ample leg room is located by the window, adjacent to the corner computer workstation. Other design services included: color consultation, lighting and carpet specification and purchase.
The Space: A second floor space in a new residential loft.
The Need: A contemporary desksystem for two people working full time in a confined space with a shared work area but two spaces for individual computer work.
The Solution: A Partners' Desk with a shared worksurface and storage with two individual areas to house monitors and CPUs. Brushed steel accent pieces afford privacy and hide wires. Maple veneer with purple inlay and steel base.
LOFT HOME OFFICE AND BEDROOM CABINETRY
The Space: The second floor of a two story loft. The clients, a couple from the suburbs whose children had left home, were now trying out loft living in the city. They found that their new home did not have sufficient storage nor did their existing furnishings complement the new decor.
The Need: The husband was starting his own consulting business and needed to find a place for a full time home office. They wanted the Master Bedroom to be given a "presence" or a "focus" with appropriate furnishings. The Bedroom design had to be sympathetic to that of the home office as they were not only adjacent to each other but were not separated by any walls.
The Solution: InHouse created a unified, complimentary design for the home office and the master bedroom. We designed and built a home office with hidden storage for both a computer CPU and a printer with sufficient drawers for clothing, miscellaneous storage and files with a separate mobile cabinet for a TV. A maple storage system was installed on two walls of the master bedroom. The design included cabinetry for clothing storage as well as individual night table niches on each side of the bed. The placement of the cabinetry in effect created a brick headboard for the bed with dimmable accent lights above the bed for both dramatic effect and for reading. A new closet and additional drawer space on a side wall provided ad