Convertible Space – Office Cube: The final design relies on several convertible spaces. I created an “Office Cube” in the main living area. It takes the place of the original pantry and wet bar area. The office cube relies on almost 9 foot tall translucent glass doors to allow the office area to be closed to view when company comes but to allow the wife to have an open office with great view when she’s working from home.
We stole space from one of the bedrooms to enlarge the living space – making the space feel better proportioned and better oriented to the door to the balcony. We added a large entertainment cabinet but made its presence in the living area minimal by recessing it into the adjacent room (making that room smaller still). When the cabinet doors are closed it projects a mere 3 inches into the living room and becomes – along with the ledge and lamp — almost abstract art. The small ledge is created from the same materials as the fireplace. When the doors of the entertainment cab are open, it’s a comfortable place from which to watch TV. The lamp hanging from the ceiling was a creative solution for hiding an inactive sprinkler pipe in a wall we removed when we enlarged the living area. We couldn’t remove the sprinkler pipe without coordinating with the fire department and draining the line for the entire building. So we camouflaged it as a hanging lamp. [ It’s decorated for Christmas in the picture.]