Traditional American 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.

Photo H-13: Home Office

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.

Photo H-14: Home Office Peninsula Photo H-15: Printer Cabinet

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.

Photo H-16: Fireplace Wall After Photo H-17: New Mantle