I will first begin with a small reminder of my old office space, in little ol' South St Paul. You might even remember this post HERE. I was just as nerdy then as I am now and shared the excitement I felt when I got a new desk, back then. Man how I LOVED that desk, I still want that desk in my house- just need to find a couple of movers.
After making the big jump to working from home back in Sept 2010 the guys told me they would NOT be moving that big and heavy desk into the house or EVER again! [insert sad face here]
[my old desk & "office" sold and gone to a
different home office somewhere in North Branch, MN]
ANyyywhoooooo- I let it [it being the desk] go and found another desk that would do the trick for a couple of years. That was until I had had it with not having enough room and or "work space" and NEVER EVER being able to find anything- or not having a dedicated spot to put things away!
After a little bit of research on "custom built-in home office spaces" I decided to work with Home Depot in getting my "dream desk" designed! After a couple of appointments w/ one of their kitchen design experts- the plans were set in motion and my new cabinets and countertops were ordered! All I had to do was wait- something I am NOT good at... Oh well, time went quick enough as I am busy with other things and before I knew it the countertops were in and soon to follow were the cabinets!
[IG photo: countertops arrived 10.2.12]
[IG photo: cabinets arrived 10.8.12]
My new office took up over half the garage for a couple of weeks. We first had to find help to assist Aaron with the install. Ambrose, Aaron's Dad, is really awesome and super handy- so him and Kay were so nice to come up one weekend and help Aaron out!
The weekend of #ProjectOffice was finally here and while the boys got to work, the girls went shopping, naturally!
[Nov14'12: day one of #ProjectOffice install-
a HUGE thank you to Aaron and Ambrose in working to get the entire base of my desk up!]
[Nov15'12: day two #ProjectOffice desk install-
another BIG thank you to Aaron and Paul in getting the wall cabinets up!]
If I haven't already lost ya... I would love to share with you, my new office!
Let's get started on the photo tour...
[all done & finished!]
[a look INTO my office]
[a top view of my office- if you were a spider!?]
[tall, end, counter space- used for working, lunches, meetings, crafting, etc...
While on the topic of this tall counter. I am having a really hard time trying to find two tall stools. I am looking for something with arm rests, a back and they need to be the perfect height. Suggestions welcome!!
[IG photo: custom fit backsplash installed by APS on 12.6.12]
[here you can see the function of the magnetic stainless steel backsplash- magnets!]
[i planned convenient drawer space to house EVERYTHING
that i use on a daily basis to just my right & left]
[APS tile work- he now hates working with slate... but it looks great.
oh yeah and dont mind his awesome socks and crocs look!] ;)
[the finished tile front, i love it!
it matches the front entry way of our home, very nicely!]
[avrie's view! this open end cupboard was planned
just for organization of avrie's toys and books]
Avrie also loves sitting in her sassy seat
coloring "working" while I get a few things done in the office...
[just hanging in my sassy seat]
And that's it, #ProjectOffice tour complete! It was a big project with a lot of planning, but in the end SO TOTALLY worth it! It is basically a kitchen but without the appliances... why such a large office you ask!? Well, WHY NOT!? ;)
No but for real- working from home, running the entire office and the "behind the scene" stuff takes a lot of organization and a lot of organization requires a lot of space! So... that would be the REAL reason. I love having this big and neat space to keep my "work life" organized. NOW.... working from home has its pros and cons (as i have mentioned in the past HERE) but for real, when you work from home and when you work with family- you NEVER EVER leave work... it's ALWAYS at the back of my mind and requires a lot of extra hours and for me, a lot of late evening work & even working on the weekends too.
[IG photo: here is an example of late night filing, on a weekend- BARF!]
AND before you make fun of me for having dual monitors... I have to say that it's SO nice being able to catch up my favorite shows like Grey's while I work! Having Pandora and my "Boys II Men" station easily accessible for the like/dislike buttons is great too! ;)
[IG photo: getting some late night work in w/ a Grey's Ep.]
If you have any work related questions for me, feel free to ask away! I'd love to tell you more about what I do w/ Schlomkas and why I do it! Happy Monday- now GET TO WORK! :D