THE CON­NECTED OF­FICE

Australian House & Garden - - HG PEOPLE -

The beauty of the tech age is that it al­lows more peo­ple to work from home. The down­side is that it’s of­ten hard to switch off from work. That was the case, pre-ren­o­va­tion, for the own­ers of this Vic­to­rian cot­tage in Mel­bourne’s Fitzroy. They had a desk set up in their liv­ing room, which was al­ways on dis­play, and felt like they were al­ways work­ing.

The ad­di­tion of a dou­ble-storey ex­ten­sion at the home’s rear al­lowed for the in­clu­sion of this study nook, 1.2m wide and 655mm deep, that sits be­hind closed doors within the liv­ing space. “When closed, they look like two reg­u­lar cup­board doors,” says ar­chi­tect Re­becca Naugh­tin. “They open and slide into pock­ets on both sides of the desk space, via drawer run­ners.” The space al­lows for a desk­top com­puter, a pull-out key­board and stor­age. At the back of the top drawer are pow­er­points and USB charg­ing points, LED strip light­ing over­head pro­vides task light­ing, and cable out­lets re­duce the amount of wiring above the bench.

“We find this so­lu­tion ap­peals to all kinds of clients, es­pe­cially fam­i­lies,” says Re­becca. “Flex­i­bil­ity of spa­ces is a big is­sue as peo­ple are pay­ing more for their prop­er­ties and want­ing ‘for­ever homes’ that grow with their needs.” Re­becca Naugh­tin Ar­chi­tect: rnar­chi­tect.com.au.

‘THE OWN­ERS WANTED A SPACE WHERE THEY COULD HAVE A COM­PUTER AND STILL BE CON­NECTED TO EV­ERY­DAY AC­TIV­I­TIES, LIKE COOK­ING DIN­NER. BUT THEY WANTED THE ABIL­ITY TO CLOSE IT OFF WHEN THEY HAD GUESTS OR PUT THEIR WORK ASIDE FOR THE DAY .’ Re­becca Naugh­tin

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