With so many ordered to work from home, this week I’m featuring a sampling of home offices. For those working from their kitchen table or a in dark corner of the back bedroom, this might seem a little vexing, but the intent is inspiration. In the opening shot, the desk in the pine-paneled office looks out to a lake. Designed by Hank Louis, Gigaplex Architects.
I recognize that this office suite is likely to create a little envy. It is set on the second level so that it is well apart from noise and household activity with a view out to a rooftop garden and the spreading hills of Promontory, a recreational development near Park City. There’s an executive washroom, space for collected art and a fireside sitting area for meetings, chatting or perusing documents. Interior design by Marion Rockwood, MHR Design, architecture by Upwall Design, and the contractor is Midway Construction Company.
There’s room to spread out plans, samples and draft documents in this spacious office designed by J-Squared Interiors (Julie Chahine), architecture by Sparano + Mooney Architecture. The white color scheme enhances the feeling of space.
There are no space limitations in this home office. It is designed for living above the workspace and located in one of Salt Lake’s great neighborhoods near Westminster College. The nook with the television provides a break space for the office, and every opportunity is taken for storage in the long unit below the windows. At night when the office empties, it serves as a family room. Built by John Ford, J Ford Construction.
In this St. George home, a long narrow space is sequestered into an efficient office for two with clerestory windows for indirect light in addition to a view window, a floor-to-ceiling wood-paneled storage area, and a long wall-mounted desk with cabinets above. Built by Markay Johnson Construction with interior by Ashley Johnson and Gregory Abbott, GAAJ Interior Design.
Double glass-paned doors close this home office off from the front entry of a farmhouse-themed home built by Lane Myers Construction in Midway. The location is convenient for business visitors to not go deeper into the home. With the doors open, the office is part of the family activities, and additionally, sliding glass doors open to a semi-private front garden.
As someone who has had a home office for most of my career, I can speak to both sides of its positive benefits and challenges. It is easier to stay on top of the laundry and at the same time easy to forget a load in the dryer and have it wrinkle. There is a lot to be said for working in tee shirts and sweats, as well, and having the kitchen convenient for lunch or a late breakfast. And while domestic chores can distract me from working, the larger problem for me and my officemate is it’s just too easy to work too many hours. So often, I look up and all day and most of my evening have been spent in the office processing images with Photoshop.
So, if you are new to working at home, good luck. It will get easier, although if there are children at home, I’m sure it will not be too easy. Hang in there!