Magazine article Sunset

Home-Office Nooks

Magazine article Sunset

Home-Office Nooks

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Three examples show where to find extra desk space

A home office may not require as much square footage as you think. Indeed, shrinking computer equipment makes it easier to imagine extra closets or other underutilized areas in your home as sites for compact workstations.

* Along a hallway

An upstairs hall can be more than a passageway, as this example vividly illustrates. The 4-foot-wide alcove occupies part of a soaring two-story accent wall and overlooks the kitchen. It functions as a homework station for the kids in the family. The counter provides plenty of room for a computer; above it are built-in bookshelves.

DESIGN: Bret Hancock, Thacher & Thompson Architects, Santa Cruz, CA (831/457-3939); Lord Kershner, L. Kershner Design, Santa Cruz (831/426-0177).

* Out of the attic

A Seattle couple came to architect Eric Cobb while they were expecting their third child. They desperately needed an office that would allow the father to work at home but be removed from family activities. The attic was the only undeveloped space. …

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