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How To: Home Office with Built-Ins

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Carving out a study niche doesn't mean adding on an extension to your house; instead, consider built-ins—they can change the entire function of a room, or simply create some much-needed workspace.
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  An example of multitasking at its best, the two designers of Normal Projects knocked down most of this apartment’s walls in order to combine kitchen storage, a closet, a bar, a bed, and a home office into a blue-lacquered cabinetry unit in the center of the room. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    An example of multitasking at its best, the two designers of Normal Projects knocked down most of this apartment’s walls in order to combine kitchen storage, a closet, a bar, a bed, and a home office into a blue-lacquered cabinetry unit in the center of the room. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  For this home in Canada, designed for his colleague at Bocci, Omer Arbel reproduced his shelving unit "1.1," his first work, to house the owners' vinyl collection and home office detritus. Photo by Jason Schmidt.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt

    For this home in Canada, designed for his colleague at Bocci, Omer Arbel reproduced his shelving unit "1.1," his first work, to house the owners' vinyl collection and home office detritus. Photo by Jason Schmidt.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  For this not-so-average office built-in, architect Alvin Huang and his team created a digitally fabricated design that boasts secret compartments for coralling the trappings of a modern workspace. Photo by James Day.  Photo by: James Day

    For this not-so-average office built-in, architect Alvin Huang and his team created a digitally fabricated design that boasts secret compartments for coralling the trappings of a modern workspace. Photo by James Day.

    Photo by: James Day

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  Dwell's creative direcotr, Jeanette Abbink, shares this home office with her husband, Mike, also a graphic designer. The Abbinks added an entire wall of Dieter Rams 606 Universal Shelving System to help convert their second bedroom into a home office. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Dwell's creative direcotr, Jeanette Abbink, shares this home office with her husband, Mike, also a graphic designer. The Abbinks added an entire wall of Dieter Rams 606 Universal Shelving System to help convert their second bedroom into a home office. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  A 172-square-foot treehouse functions as a home office thanks to built-in desks and storage. The columns are Type 316 stainless steel–almost nautical grade; floors and walls are walnut; windows are mahogany. Photo by Eric Staudenmaier.  Photo by: Eric StaudenmaierCourtesy of: Eric Staudenmaier

    A 172-square-foot treehouse functions as a home office thanks to built-in desks and storage. The columns are Type 316 stainless steel–almost nautical grade; floors and walls are walnut; windows are mahogany. Photo by Eric Staudenmaier.

    Photo by: Eric Staudenmaier

    Courtesy of: Eric Staudenmaier

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  In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler added clerestory windows above built-in bookshelves and flat files in her home's design studio. Photo by Andrew Meredith.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler added clerestory windows above built-in bookshelves and flat files in her home's design studio. Photo by Andrew Meredith.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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