Collection by Emily Shapiro

A Bright Office Addition in Cape Cod


An East Falmouth couple reached out to New York-based firm Present Architecture to create a bright home office in tune with their existing home and garden.

When Ann and Geoff Woolford decided to build an addition to their home in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, natural light and a modern architectural style were first and foremost in their minds. The couple’s existing home, a traditional Cape house built in 1996, lacked a home office space for Mr. Woolford, a Food Scientist at Ocean Spray. As a scientist and an avid gardener, he, along with his wife, longed for a space that felt uncluttered, light-filled, and connected to their garden outside. Enter Present Architecture, a New York City-based firm known for its innovative approach to connecting people to the built environment around them. Present helped the couple realize their dream home office: a modern interior space that referenced the rest of their home.

Keeping their home office addition modern, clean, and uncluttered was Ann and Geoff Woolford’s top priority.
The pixelated shelving system, made of birch and acid-etched mirrored glass, as well as the cantilevered desk, were...
As a scientist with a manufacturing background, Mr. Woolford had precise requirements for the office built-ins.
Present Architects relied on warm-toned materials for the addition, using white birch for the cantilevered desk and...
The couple chose soft green and cream to complement the warm material palette of their new space.
The architects chose standard Marvin units for the windows, which was essential to remaining within a small budget.