When Helmi and Ron Banta built their new home in Indianapolis, they incorporated a compact, but well-engineered, work station for Helmi in otherwise unusable loft space overlooking the family room. Here she can work and still stay on top of activity downstairs.
Helmi is a translator who transcribes support materials for products headed to Mexico. She also takes care of household business here and shares daily e-mail with her family in Panama.
"It's convenient," Helmi says. "I can answer the phone, type, and print without moving. I'm more comfortable here than I would be if I had more room, and I feel connected to activities in the house."
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