Magazine article Sunset

Squeezing a Home Office into an Attic

Magazine article Sunset

Squeezing a Home Office into an Attic

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Budget was modest, and the owners did the work

WORKING AT HOME creates certain problems, like squeezing an entire office's worth of stuff into spaces never intended to serve such a function.

An even greater challenge facing any creative endeavor pursued at home is making the workspace reflect the style and professionalism of your business. This attic office meets that challenge--and on a modest budget.

Seattle architects William Curtis and Patricia Emmons wanted to locate their small residential design firm in their house. They planned on doing all the work themselves (except for installing windows and electrical wiring). They also wanted to spend no more than $10,000 on the project.

The attic of their modest bungalow had a terrific view of downtown; and they were more than willing to sacrifice the two weird corridor bedrooms--you walked through one to get to the other--that occupied the space.

First, they pulled down all the walls and opened up the ceiling to the rafters. …

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