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In the backyard of a home dating to 1910 in the Hudson Valley, a modest 250 square-foot outbuilding, at one time used as a bootleg moonshine distillery, and more recently as a bare bones man-cave, was given new life as a sumptuous home office replete with not only its own WiFi, but also abundant southern light brought in by new windows, bespoke furnishings, a double-height workstation, and a utilitarian loft.

The original barn door slides open to reveal a new set of sliding glass doors opening into the space. Dark hardwood floors are a foil to crisp white defining the walls and ceiling in the lower office, and soft shell pink in the double-height volume punctuated by charcoal gray barn stairs and iron pipe railings up to a dollhouse-like loft space overhead. The desktops -- clad on the top surface only with durable, no-nonsense, mushroom-colored laminate -- leave birch maple edges confidently exposed atop punchy red painted bases perforated with circles for visual and functional relief. Overhead a wrought iron lantern alludes to a birdcage, highlighting the feeling of being among the treetops when up in the loft.

The stairs go up to a materials library and "working sanctuary" for a change of scenery.
A nook in the loft upstairs.
Vintage file drawers and table legs found at Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
The main house is about 35 feet away.
The desktops and base are custom, but for economy, parts of the desk sit atop IKEA legs.
The stairs up to the loft are original to the building, which dates back to 1910.
For ease of zoning, there is no plumbing in this former shed; the water cooler provides ample refreshment.
The loft was already there, but we opened up up the floorboard on one...
This 250 sq. ft. outbuilding has its own wifi.