Our original plan had the 3rd floor of the house as storage space. The plan had a small landing at the top of the stairs to access the deck - the rest of the space was for storing all our assorted treasures (I have an embarrassingly large collection of holiday decorations). But as the house was getting framed up, we realized there was a lot of space up there. So we started thinking about different possibilities that could be a lot more exciting than a storage room. And while we planned to use the third bedroom as an office/guest room - a dedicated home office space sounded like pretty good idea!
Just look at these photos - can you see why we thought it was wasted as storage space?
|Can you tell where we want to put a window?|
Speaking of windows, there was a funky angled wall beside the deck, near the future bookcase. Originally we wanted to just close it up. But when we realized how nice the view was from that angle, we decided to have a custom triangular window made to fit the space.
We spent a LOT of time planning the staircase. Since it winds up all the way up from the first floor to the third floor, we wanted it to have an open feel. We didn't want it to be tight and cramped - and make you feel like you were climbing into an attic. So, we decided to leave the stairwell open, with just a railing, giving the 3rd floor a more loft-like look. And it accentuated the bright, open feeling we wanted for the whole house.
Speed forward another couple of months and the office starts to look like a livable space! The staircase has been installed and provides an M.C. Escher sort of look, before the railings are added. Oh - and do you see the lovely cherry insets we did on the landing?
The wall of windows and doors are great and capture the beautiful view.
And the office portion of the room is looking good! The window at the far end of the room faces south, so it helps the space stay bright all day long.
Speed forward again and here's how the finished space came out (keep in mind, this is a working office for two people, not a staged house - so lots of real stuff everywhere!! And now that the photos are done, I notice dog toys in lots of them!). The open stairwell provides lots of light and space. You can see how the sunlight streams through the windows. And I love the giant pendant we installed to light the whole stairwell.
|Do you like my $10 chair from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore?|
In the office space, we have room for two desks, a file cabinet , a work table and a long row of bookcases and drawers, to try and keep us organized! There are access panels in the knee walls, to provide storage space for bulky items like suitcases and holiday decorations.
And remember the nautical charts that I used in the bathroom of our 2nd project? Well I tried it out first in our own house (want to learn how? click here). My neighbor gave me a big stack of old charts - complete with his notations and markings, truly authentic! Don't they make a great accent at the far end of the room?
I hadn't thought about it until I looked at this picture, but we never finished the moulding around the custom shaped window (they had to reorder it multiple times, before the shape was right). That's a bit embarrassing after all this time! You also get a peek of the 3rd floor deck - more about that in another post.
Needless to say, we are thrilled with this dual purpose room. Do we miss the storage space we originally planned for this floor? No way!! This office provides fantastic, useful space and the fact that it has a view to distract you from your work is a nice bonus!