The Proto-Office: The Official 'Before'
This is the proto-office, in it’s rather messy ‘before’ state. It has a tropical island theme–it used to be one of the boys’ bedrooms. I’m keeping the theme, because I like the bright sky-blue and just the general funkiness of it. In the dead of winter, this will be a fun place to hang out and write. You can see my whiteboards waiting to be installed. I’m debating doing built-in bookshelves against the wall at the bottom of the sloped ceiling. The space isn’t really good for much except that kind of storage, but a set of nice shelves and a few sets of drawers to keep things in would be really handy.
This is from the other end of the room. The desk will be staying–it’s an incredibly heavy beast and there’s no way I’m getting it back down the stairs without hiring professionals. I think I’m going to move it against the long wall, but I’ll have to wait and see how things look as I get stuff cleared out of there. I do have another desk downstairs which I’m considering moving up to this room. The clothes dressers will go, as well as at least one of the beds. The other is an old Dutch army cot, and I’m tempted to keep it as a place to lounge when I need to do research or just recharge. You can see the little fish tank sitting on the desk. We have incredibly hard water around here and it’s more than a bit of a mess. If I can scrape the mineral deposits off it, I think I’ll set it up with a small school of neons and some plants, to keep me company during long editing sessions.
A close up of the ‘banana tree’ at the end by the door. I made it out of burlap and a length of that heavy green fabric you make awnings out of, to hide a pipe that runs up through that corner of the room. My house is old, has had many owners, and lots of really odd things have been done to it. It’s a prime example of ‘good enough’ renovations, where doing things the way they should be done is a rare thing indeed.
I’m really excited to be moving forward with this project. My own space, a bit of room to spread out in. I’m looking for some picture frames, so I can have my book covers printed and framed for the wall. Maybe a laser printer? I’m sure I’ll come up with other things I need, or want, to make this into a working office.