How do you ensure you'll have plenty of room for work and play in your home office? Convert a two-car garage for the purpose.
Lifehacker reader SlowAndEasy had been tinkering with his garage-to-office conversion for some time. Thanks to some quiet time around the US holiday weekend he had a chance to tidy up and get everything just so. What constitutes "just so"? Read his description of the project to get an idea of what goodies you can find in his tastefully appointed garage:
This was originally a double garage built into my house. I fitted it out with several inches of sound proof insulation, installed an air-con unit to heat and cool then painted it white to emphasise the light. Fitting it from scratch allowed me to get the wiring all hidden away, I have cAT5 everywhere, OF speaker cable in the ceiling and coax for various purposes all linked into the patch panel. The room serves several purposes, I work from home so it's my office, I love movies so it's my home cinema room, I'm passionate about photography so it's my photo studio and I like to build / hack stuff so it's my lab.
Much of the equipment was salvaged and repaired, like the HD projector and 24U rack cabinet. The 27" and 26" dual head display is the only real extravagance, I'm a sucker for big screens :-)
Quite a swanky home office, if we do say so. If you want a closer look at his well-stitched panorama, check out the original image at the link below.
The Garage Office [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]