Our house continues to feel larger as our kids leave the nest for full-time employment (daughter) and college (middle and youngest). Our friends ask if we plan to move (most of our friends are in similar life stages). With the Denver-metro area housing market, we cannot afford to downsize without spending more money in the neighborhoods we love. So we found a way to recreate a few rooms so we can work and live in our house. And, that is the back story on how to create a corner home office.
With my husband’s boisterous conference calls, I found a way to create a corner home office. I surprised him with a corner office using an existing desk and a few furniture tweaks!
Thankfully, when we purchased our home (fourteen years ago) we fell in love with the home’s layout because we could grow old(er) in the flexible, multiple level home.
And, yet I did not want to share a work/office space with my husband. I told him we (me) each needed a floor between us when we both work from home.
He has a leased spaced for his bootstrapped digital healthcare company. And, I was not ready to give up a child’s bedroom for a part-time home office.
I have my home office on the main level with views of our back yard. Deer and coyotes visit regularly. It’s a work in a very long progress phase. Here is a peek into a few updates. My office was on hiatus with the arrival of our rescue puppy I shared on Instagram.
For a while, my husband’s home office was in the closet. Seriously, it was seasonal storage for our ski gear and then his home office. It was basically a shelf in a closet. He worked standing up. Needless to say, he was ready to come out of the closet and into the home office in a corner of the basement.
To make this happen, we had to give up a dedicated movie/teen space jo make room for a small desk and a few office essentials. All while keeping it cozy. It helps that it has a dual-sided fireplace that we recently refaced with stack stone.
I knew my husband loved his new space when I came home and he had organized all of his work files and shredded ten pounds of legal and accounting docs! He found these inexpensive storage boxes at Ikea.
It had seating for the boys when their friends came over during the summer and vacation, and it gave my husband a big screen t.v. for weekends in the corner office.
This was such an easy change to make with an even larger impact for our daily routines. Take a look around your house and see if there are spaces that may be ready for a new purpose!