Before & After: Emilie's Packed With Action Former Porch

Before & After: Emilie's Packed With Action Former Porch

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Tara Bellucci
Oct 5, 2015
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Name:
Emilie
Location:
Ithaca, NY
Division:
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
Our plan had always been to convert our three-season porch into a home office, but our to-do list is long and we diy slowly! When we learned we were having a second baby and would need to convert our upstairs office to a bedroom, renovating the porch moved to the top of our to-do list. We wanted the room to include an entry, workspace, a cozy spot to read and play, and storage. We finally hit on a good layout after my husband found brackets to make a floating desk. The renovation also included running heat and electrical; insulation; and a new door and windows. Work, a toddler, and pregnancy kept us from doing most of the construction; but we designed the space, sourced materials, and did the finish work. Our biggest splurge was new wood windows in the same style as the originals. We controlled costs by keeping the original window openings, salvaging the old porch floor, and using Ikea strategically (butcher block for the desk, a kitchen cabinet for the bench, and billy bookcases).
My makeover advice::
Use built-ins to maximize an awkward space. Because the room was originally a porch, it’s long and narrow. We also had a lot of function we wanted to pack in! The built-in desk, bench, and bookcase allowed us to achieve all of our goals while still making the room feel open and spacious. But! If you plan to use built-ins, find a way to test out the proposed design before committing to anything. We had settled on one layout; but when we taped it out on the floor, the room felt crowded. So we went back to the drawing board and eventually came up with the design we now have in place.
What I love most about my new space::
The best part of our new space is being able to work on the main floor of our house, near the household “action.” Our jobs allow us to work from home frequently, but that means that office time and family time tend to overlap. Now we can get a bit of work done while cooking, or we can easily take a break from work to read a story or play hide and seek. The best part of the physical space is all of the light! The room is west-facing, and it’s a treat to fall asleep on the bench seat in the afternoon sunshine.
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