A good home office encourages creativity, aids productivity, and helps you get the most out of your day. It should also be a place you enjoy coming to and (almost) regret leaving.
Software executive Tom Lennon kept that in mind when he "found" office space in the new home he and wife Trish planned. His study occupies a space off the master bedroom balcony that overlooks their main-level living room and also commands views of their wooded Seattle-area site.
Tom's study features a built-in desk and window seat, ample file cabinets, and custom shelving, plus a pair of pocket doors opens the office to the adjacent master suite. A vaulted ceiling keeps the space from feeling claustrophobic.
Though it is a refuge that's away from the hubbub of family activities, the office isn't so far that pets and the family's two young boys can't drop by to see what Dad is doing.
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