8.10.2008

Home office

I am working on a fun project: creating a home office for a client. It's been fun and challanging for a couple of reasons. Number one, the space is tiny...approximately 9' x 12'; in fact, the area we are turning into an office is actually a large storage closet at the top of the stairs. It does have an existing wall of shelves, and the client didn't need the storage space. (It's rare to have a client who doesn't need storage, but the house is large and the client lost most of her possesions in Katrina, so she really doesnt' have lots of stuff.) Even though the house is large, the closet really was the best location for the office. The next challange was the tight budget--around $1000. It seems like a decent amount, but not when you consider the need for filing cabinets, desk, lamps, storage, etc. In fact, a desk chair is the only existing piece I have to work with. Finally, last challange. Little input from the client. Most people think that this is what designers love: a client who hands them a check and says, "Do what ever you want. I trust you." Actually, I hate that. It means, unless I really know the client and their taste well, I have so many options and ideas that it takes forever to decide on a design. It's much easier when your client says, " I want English country, I want blue, and I want it pet friendly, etc." Parameters help so much.

2 comments:

Visual Vamp said...

Sounds like my kind of client - give me the job, go away, let me make pretty, pay the bill, bye bye.
Check out - and don't gag - Linden line at JC Penney - there is a very nice desk for $399., campaign style, a big chunk of your budget but....

Design Junkie said...

I haven't seen the line in person, but the ads are everywhere and the stuff actually looks pretty good. To stretch the budget, I went with a cheap desk to paint and splurged on the filing cabinets...and $150 each was as cheap as I could find. I had no idea lateral files were so expensive--even the ugly metal ones at office depot were $229 each.