Design Details: Home Offices

Expanding a transition space between living areas provides a clearly designated office space that stays wide open to the rest of the home. Project: Private Residence, Jamestown, R.I.; Architect: Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, Providence, R.I.

As part of a floor plan catering to young families, this home office is situated adjacent to the kitchen and dining area, allowing its occupants to stay connected to kids arriving home from school, while a set of sliding doors offer peace and quiet when it’s time to get to work. Project: Gen Y House, Orlando, Fla.; Architect: Woodley Architectural Group, Denver; Builder: Centerline Homes, Coral Springs, Fla.

High ceilings and industrial features, such as the exposed beams shown here in architect Rob Paulus’ home, offer a cool workspace feel even in a home office. Project: Private Residence, Tucson, Ariz.; Architect: Rob Paulus Architects

In a previous life, the first floor of this carriage house served as a stable and workshop for lobster-trap makers. Now the space is an artful home office for architect Carol De Tine that makes the most of its historic charm with salvaged wood and stone, and adds modern elements with a steel and glass doorway. Project: Carriage House Studio, Portland, Maine; Architect: Carol De Tine, Portland

This entry-level home with 1,695 square feet still manages to squeeze in some home office space with a built-in workstation in the kitchen that serves both as a mini-office and a station to quickly check email and recipes while baking cookies. Project: ABC Green Home, Irvine, Calif.; Architect: KTGY Architecture, Irvine

KTGY’s Nick Lehnert recommends keeping home offices away from the front of the plan to shield cluttered desks from visitors. This one does that while also providing direct access via the patio for business guests. Project: Arroyo Crossing, Livermore, Calif.; Architect: KTGY Architecture, Irvine, Calif.; Builder: O’Brien Homes, Foster City, Calif.

Grown-ups aren’t the only ones in need of home office space. This charming homework spot for a family with three kids provides storage, lighting, and built-in pegboards. Project: Sunset View, Rockford, Mich.; Architect: Visbeen Architects, Chicago; Builder: Insignia Homes, Kentwood, Mich.

When space is tight, a built-in desk like this one packs a lot of utility into a little square footage, all while giving new meaning to having a corner office. Project: Taverse, South Haven, Mich.; Architect: Visbeen Architects, Chicago; Builder: David C. Bos Homes, Spring Lake, Mich.

Dark wood built-ins lend a luxurious and stately feel to this home office, while a glass-paneled door and transom window keep it from feeling dim or isolated. Project: Pemberley, Ada, Mich.; Architect: Visbeen Architects, Chicago; Builder: Jeff Segard, Grandville, Mich.

In these attached townhomes just outside Washington, D.C., the entry level is shared by a garage and home office space to give commuters the option to work from home. Project: Boulevard at Brambleton, Brambleton, Va.; Architect: KTGY Architecture, Irvine, Calif.; Builder: Winchester Homes, Bethesda, Md.

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