No one needs to tell us twice about the benefits of keeping work separate from home. But what do you do when you're forced to work in the place where you normally relax and kick back to watch zombie flicks? Create a top secret slide-open home office, like Australian firm Nexus Designs did with this Melbourne apartment... When divvying up a space that's used for both hanging out and professional work, there are 3 things to keep in mind:
If you plan to knock down walls, be sure to get a second opinion from your go-to contractor to see if it will be testing the integrity if your home's structure. An alternative would be to use curtains instead of sliding door features.
Once everything checks out and you're ready to design, be sure your secret office can blend into the rest of the home when not in use. Nexus Designs was able to deftly incorporate a secret professional workspace into the rest of the home by choosing a neutral color on the sliding door, the hue complementing other earthly-colored furnishing and decorative elements. Unless carefully inspected, the door appears to be just another wall, and that's what makes the slide away so wonderfully surprising.
Also, it doesn't hurt to have another entrance into the office to be used as a guest bedroom when you're not busy creating the next big thing.
Be judicious with lighting. Make sure when the walls are down that both rooms can flow into each other, but when separated, they can function independently as well.
Nothing beats a home that carries with it some clever functionality with the lifestyle of the owner. Even if that means living like James Bond for a moment or two.
More Info: Nexus Designs
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(Images: Earl Carter for Nexus Designs)