John Whelan's Traditional Bookish Home Office Remodel

John Whelan's Traditional Bookish Home Office Remodel

Range Govindan
Feb 3, 2011

When it came time to remodel John's home office, he decided not to go with a minimal and modern design, but with something more traditional. This home office almost feels like a study, with its towering bookcases and lots of wood. If you want to take a break from the ultra-modern workstations that we've featured in the past, take a look at this one, which was completed a short while ago.

The centerpiece of John Whelan's home office is his large custom cabinet, which allows him to hide his desktop PC completely away. The same goes for some of his peripherals. The HP printer is also hidden away. The desktop PC has dual wall-mounted 22-inch widescreen monitors, finished with custom in-wall wiring, making it an ultra-clean setup. Halogen spots are mounted on the top of the cabinet which overhangs his workstation, allowing for a discrete lighting solution. He uses a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse.

He's got a pull-out drawer that can serve as an additional surface to hold his MacBook Pro. When it's not in use, it can be fully retracted. This keeps everything tidy. John mentions that the reclining chair in the background is going to get a slipcover so that it's more in tune with the rest of his remodeled home office.

Behind the workstation, there is some AV gear, including a 32-inch Sony HDTV, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, receiver and amp to drive the sound to speakers that are distributed around the house, as well as a cable box. Even the home office has some integrated speakers in the ceiling. The office has an attached bathroom, which is a nice feature.

If you're planning on doing something like this, you should be advised that it will necessitate some custom work from a carpenter so that it fits in your home office. John also says that he's finally got a home office where he wants to spend time. The biggest decision would be if the cabinets and bookshelves had doors or not. Each option would give the home office a different feel. With something like this, it's best to stay away from LEDs and stick with traditional lighting solutions in the form of spots or lamps.

(Images with permission: Flickr member John Whelan)

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