We’re on our last installment of Project Lake Claire, and we’re a little bit sad about it. This was an incredible family whom it was a total joy to work for. Although I finished these projects several months ago, writing the final post feels like I’m officially saying goodbye to that house, so it makes me a little weepy.
But back to the point, we’ve showed you the Kid Stuff, The Big Stuff, and Form and Function Game-Changers, so we’re here for one last project: The Hidden Office! This house is SO COOL, and the property includes a carriage house at the back of the yard. It’s a great little space with a kitchen, full bathroom, and incredible deck. The husband does a lot of work from home, so this is a perfect place for him to set up camp so that he’s got a great workspace without taking over a room in the main house. However, they’d also like to potentially rent out the carriage house (also known as the Peace Pad), because of their incredible proximity to some really great Atlanta attractions.
So, the best way to make this place work was to create an office that contained all the function needed for the husband, but was able to be completely closed off and private if they decided to rent the Peace Pad out. Enter the Hidden Office. The P.P. had a wonderful spacious closet that was perfect for a built in workspace.
The desk was built at standing height, custom fit for the husband. This also eliminates the need for a chair that would have to be shoved under the desk when not in use. The large space above the work surface leaves plenty of room for his huge monitor (he works in marketing and design, so a giant screen is necessary) as well as space for a cork board or notice board. The upper shelf is there for helping store more decorative items, since they’ll be somewhat on display.
But that’s not all!
Check out all that storage!! On either side of the desk, we used the closet space to build in customizable shelving. It made be hard to tell from the photos, but those shelves are almost 2′ deep! That provides tons of useful storage space. They’re all adjustable, so once everything is in place, they can make the shelves taller or shorter to fit everything they need. Below the desk is plenty of room for oversized storage and filing cabinets. The metal desk legs are incredibly sturdy but don’t take up much space, so the lower storage area is still easy to access.
You can also see here where the bifold doors close off the entire office space, and all the important components (remember that giant screen?) can be totally blocked off, locked up, and kept safe.
We liked mixing the rustic wood top with the more industrial style legs and the simple white shelves. It keeps things textural and interesting without being too busy.
A last important detail can be seen here, at the top of the photo. We carefully drilled out a hole large enough for accommodate all the plugs and cords needed on the desktop, so that nothing would have to run behind the desk. This way it looks cleaner, but we were also able to anchor the desk to the wall for extra sturdiness.
This was a such a fun project, because it was all about problem solving, and making a space really useful for this family. And, since everyone loves a good GIF, let’s check out that secret office in action:
Next we’ll be sharing a custom coffee table we made for some of our best friends! And we’re wrapping up a custom wine rack for some jazz lovers, so we’ll have final photos of that soon!