2 Main Offices:

And now we come to the two main offices.  These are the rooms that belong to the guys who work in the office the most… The big boss and the guy-who-writes-checks.  (I’m pretty sure neither of those titles are correct… But whatever. 😉 )

 

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 Again… This is the main inspiration photo. (Just in case you’re not tired of seeing it yet. Ha!)

Who could get tired of looking at it anyway?  It’s awesome!

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This is the adjusted floor plan for the desk. We changed a fair amount along the way due to being a tad unsure how it would all end up together! 😉  Yay for guys who go with the flow and fill in the details!!

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This is the side view of the desk/bookshelves.  You’ll notice we did cut the bases off the bottom of the 3-drawer cabinets to make it an appropriate height for a desk.  After adding an extra 2 inch butcher block on top it was still a tad on the tall side, but it was close!  Nothing a little taller chair couldn’t fix.  I think normal desks are somewhere around the 30″ height as opposed to 31.5″-32″ height.  All said and done this looks-like-a-custom-built-in only had about 5 screws actually in the wall so if they ever move, they can easily do that!

 

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Love these these offices so very much!!!!

Reception Room Makeover:

Okay!  Back to filling you in on the details of the MAJOR office makeover!

 

Now we’ll cover all the juicy details of the front Reception Room.

 

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Again… This was the main inspiration for most of the rooms.  In some way or another they all resembled this.  Of course instead of doing uppers on the bottom, we did lowers.  This better allowed for more of a desk feel to the area.

 

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We also loved this T shaped desk and how it both looked so awesome yet was super efficient! The only difference is that we made it bar height instead of desk height.  And I totally TOTALLY loved how it turned out!!! It’s so comfortable for either sitting on the stills or just standing at. No one really works at the reception room desk for long periods of time, as far as I know… It was intended to be more of a place for potential customers to drop in and look at sample shingles, sign papers, etc…

I am curious though how reality is playing out there and how they are ending up using all the spaces!!! 🙂

 

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This is the footprint of the whole unit.  The goal was to build something that looked built-in but in reality could be removed and taken somewhere else easily if they ever moved.  And I think we succeeded because in the whole unit there were very few screws into the wall studs!  The whole thing can be taken down by removing just a handful of screws.  Boom baby!

 

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This is what it looked like from the front view. (Not including the T desk part)  What I love about the guys is that they were able to take these rough sketches and totally make them come to life even better than I imagined!

For instance, Adam had the idea of adding lights above the bookshelves.  I would never have thought about doing that let alone HOW he did it but when it was done?!?!?  It TOTALLY made the whole unit!  Seriously it was awesome!!!

 

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Again, The before and after.

Amazing, right?!?

The area rug came from Rugs USA.

The decor from Master’s Hand, Marshalls and Target.

The cupboards from Home Depot.

Butcher block countertops from Menards.

Cabinet Hardware from D. Lawless.

And the furniture was bought on garage sales and given a fresh coat coat of paint.  Score!!

Can’t you see why I’m so in love with this remodel?!?!

The inspiration…

What inspired us in the office overhaul?

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The basis of our inspiration was something along the lines of this awesome built-in by Thrifty Decor Chick.

Since we were giving 5 rooms an overhaul in 5 days, we knew we needed to find ways to speed things up.  Using stock cabinets and building from there seemed like a great way to achieve that!  I also love how all the rooms are different but they tie in together so well.

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We loved this T desk but also loved the idea of a bar height desk for the front reception room.

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We also used this inspiration for the group office.  Thankfully before we started on our 5 day blitz, Adam (one of the awesome guys in Manhattan) built in the desk similar to this one.  It has 3 workspaces and looks like it will be super efficient.

Anyway… This is kind of the direction we wanted to go… More details will follow room-by-room! 🙂

Sources:

Cupboards – Home Depot and Menards

Butcher Block Countertops – Menards

Cupboard Hardware – D. Lawless 

Decor – Marshall’s, Target and Master’s Hand

Secret Office Remodel…

So my last good week before I dropped into the pit we call first trimester, we worked on pretty much my favorite project ever.

And I fully acknowledge I say that phrase often declaring this or that project my favorite project ever… But this time it really was!  And I’m fairly certain it will stay my favorite project for quite some time!

 

Sam’s boss (also our awesome friend) went on vacation and since he was gone, we (and when I say we, I mostly mean his wife Emily) brainstormed on how to do a week-long remodel of their office they had recently rented.

So for weeks, together we talked… compiled inspiration pictures… drew up plans… All in secret.

 

We had 5 rooms to complete in about 5 days. Thank goodness we had lots of help!  A couple of the guys that also work for the same company in Manhattan put in a ton of work on it and we even recruited some other friends and family to paint, etc…

It was awesome!

And totally felt like we were doing a HGTV show! Ha!  Time crunch… Lots of help… Total overhaul on a space… 🙂

 

Anyway… On to the pictures!  I’ll give more details later! 🙂

 

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Reception Room

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Allyn’s Office

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Brandon’s Office

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Group Office

See what I mean??!

Favorite.

Project.

Ever.