has long been a dream; a fantasy maybe. Call us daft but we
pined for, yes dare I say it: drawers. Drawers
for the files and shelves for the books and doors to hide the rubble
contained therein. But dreams do come
true and now ours would be realized. A Home Office.
is the current state of affairs, although "state" implies at least a
soupcon of order. None exists below. We live in
'Before' Picture (Yes, this
is for real)
first thought was a repeat visit to our local Chelsea HoDe.
did the design and provided the cabinets and countertop for the kitchen renovation
two years ago. While the process was anything but smooth, the
end result was superb (if I do say
so myself). Our once and future office is in our master
and, as far as I'm aware, seen by very few people, unlike the kitchen;
budgets this time are constrained. The first cut was a great
design, but the cost was more than double the initial "back of the
envelop" estimate. A rework, while cheaper, was
then we were willing to spend.
first stab at the kitchen was via the Ikea design tool available for
free on their website. The limited array of cabinet sizes and
complete lack of customization doomed it for the kitchen project but
the office is simply upper and base units along one wall; not much in
the way of constraints. Below is our final design.
between the two drawer units will be covered by the countertop; the
tool is meant for kitchens, nothing more).
Proposed Layout Using Ikea
innate logorrhea compels me toward a long and rambling (although
amusing) missive about the trip to the Elizabeth Ikea, the interminable
wait for the goods, the return trip, the torment of missing gear and
the seemingly Sisyphusian task of conveying each and every flat-pack
box up three flights of stairs. Solo. I shall not
gentle reader, with such a tome as I've come to realize that I enjoy
the creation of such tales much more then you enjoy reading them.
You want visuals. I leave you with the photo below.
Evidence of the care and tenderness with which each item has
good fortune to experience in the hands of the Nordic Furniture Giant.