While some people prefer a home office isolated from their living space, today’s featured workspace highlights how you can create a separate workspace that is still integrated with the rest of the house.
Lifehacker Tom Robbrecht wanted a home office space that felt like part of the main living area but was removed enough so he could focus while he was in it. His office is open, well-lit by natural light and feature semi-built-in features that make it look like his home office nook was always a part of the home.
The centerpiece of my workspace is a custom oak desk which I designed myself and had built by a local woodworker. It has built-in mains sockets (fed by cable in the wall) and cable management for Ethernet, audio, and video. My 27″ iMac doubles as a family multimedia workstation.
My workspace is separated from the living room by a semi-wall with built-in speakers, which also houses my files and my audio equipment—that way I am able to work and still be part of what’s going on in the house. The room benefits from an east-facing window which provides ample ambient light and access to a patio for a coffee.
I also have 2 leather recliners from Jori in my workspace, which allow me to confer with my wife or clients in a totally relaxed manner. They’re also used for having a glass of wine and cranking up the music after a hard day’s work.
Soothing earth tones, a beautiful custom desk, leather recliners, and a bright sunny window make for great looking office it would be a pleasure to work in.
Earth Tones and Built-Ins: An Open and Integrated Workspace [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]