Office Remodel Reveal!
It’s finished!!!!! Our old detached garage is now our new ASP office and photography studio, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
I’m a snoop, I’ll admit it freely.
Before I had kids I used to love driving through certain neighborhoods at night so I could see into beautiful dining rooms and living areas. I wasn’t trying to spy on anyone in particular… I just loved to look at the furnishings and wall colors, and dream about how I might decorate my house someday.
Is that creepy?
(This was before blogs and Pinterest, people. How else was I suppose to find inspiration?)
So for those of you, like me, who love to look around others peoples’ homes for design ideas, we’re sharing our latest house project today.
It’s ok to be really excited about this… We can all be creepy together. *wink*
Four the last four years of A Spicy Perspective, I have been working out of a small home office across from our kitchen.
It is a nice room with large windows and built-in shelves, yet as time passed my little office started to disappear under a pile of dishes, photography equipment, and props.
I loved having my office so close to the kitchen, however the overflow of both office items and kitchen tools started spilling out into other rooms of the house. Therefore I find myself working in all rooms of the house.
Honestly, it’s turned into a big fat mess.
Since I’m a one-tracker (and cannot multitask whatsoever) we decided I needed a separate space to store my photography equipment and props, and to work in peace.
Our solution was to use our detached garage that was being used as a “man room” into the new and improvement ASP Headquarters. The garage is right behind our kitchen for easy access and would provide more storage, a place to photograph food in natural light, and work space for both Dan and I.
We installed Shenandoah Cabinetry and Barn Lights in our kitchen remodel last year, so we knew we were sure to get high quality and great style options with their products. However we chose Wilsonart countertops because we wanted a sturdy work surface that could take some abuse, and was budget friendly.
So now that you’ve seen the before shot of our garage, let’s take a look at the finished office.
After going around and around about the floor, we decided to paint the concrete so it could stay level with the ground outside, and would be waterproof.
The french-door style garage doors open up to let in light and fresh air.
We decided to install a huge desk in the middle for office work and photography.
We’ve got wall to wall shelves and cabinets for prop storage.
With the doors, the skylights, and the awesome Barn Lights, I will never feel left in the dark.
I found this industrial sieve at an antique store. It makes a statement as wall art, don’t you think?
We love how the doors open to a big view of our backyard.
There’s even a place for my roll-out photography table.
Now I have so much storage I don’t know what to do with myself. Maybe I need to buy more props?
It’s been a huge blessing to be able to leave my workspace at the end of the day, pick up the kids, and just be mommy, without the temptation of sneaking back into my home office to check a few more things off the list. Those of you who work from home know just how difficult it is to unplug when your office is always in view.
This Thursday and next week I will share more about this project, with specific information on why we selected what we did, and where you can find it.