Building My Home Office

I’ve taken the teeniest, tiniest leap into building an official home office here. I’ve been working at home for over 3 years now, with a little desk and bookshelves showhorned into a corner of the living room. It’s so messy and my living room has become engulfed with stuff that I’m desperate to organize.

Well, I finally found some inexpensive kitchen cabinets suited for a home office. They are Aristokraft, in saddle oak. They are very plain, and are made of particleboard. But I don’t care– I don’t need a solid wood desk and the simple style suits me. The cost of the three cabinets with countertop was a fraction of the price of a new desk (one of those cheapo Chinese-made junk desks).

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All I’ve got done so far is the bottom half. Eventually, I will build the top hutch portion when I can wrastle up the funds. For now, the base will have to do. Livvy likes it. :)

The area looks quite empty and sterile. Oh, I have plans, though! I am going to build my own hutch. It will have two narrow bookshelves and a pair of cabinets. Eventually, I will create a huge built-in bookshelf along the wall. I intend to convert the room (living room) into a library, with big wall bookshelves and a gas fireplace.

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I also plan on installing crown molding along the top of the ceiling and placing LED white lights in the tray. It will give the room lovely ambient lighting.

The garage, once I have renovated it, will become the new family room where we will have sofas and chairs and the family’s huge assortment of musical instruments.

But before I rebuild the garage into living space, I have to build a barn in the backyard, to hold our power tools and auto equipment. Oh yeah, I’ll be busy for a long time. And then , of course, I still have to renovate the upstairs of the house and the downstairs bathroom….

Sheesh, who knows, maybe by the time I’m finally done renovating, I’ll be too old to maintain such a big house. I can then turn around and sell the place for a nice profit. It sure would be nice to enjoy the fruits of my labors here, though. I’ve spent most of my years living in a dumpy house!

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6 Responses to “Building My Home Office”

  1. Karen Says:

    That looks so nice! I love the colors of both. I can’t wait to see the rest of your plans as they progress.

  2. blueyes Says:

    Hey where’d you get that footrest thing? I’ve been using boxes from stuff I’ve gotten in the mail until it ends up getting shredded from over use.

  3. Marg Says:

    That looks like a great office. Wish I had the space to have an office.But I am happy just to have a roof over our heads. Good job building that desk. Livy thinks so too.

  4. Secondary Roads Says:

    Looks like you are off to a great start. That is nice now and will be even better when completed.

  5. lin Says:

    My computer is in the kitchen so I’d love to just replace all the cabinets and have a built-in desk. But that entails re-doing the entire kitchen–something that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon with one in college and another heading in. Dreams……