de­tails,” Lip­pert says.

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Be­cause this room is only used oc­ca­sion­ally, it can serve dou­ble duty — as a home of­fice, for ex­am­ple. If this kind of du­alpur­pose room is in your fu­ture, Salant of­fers this ad­vice: “Care­fully plan where your com­puter work­sta­tion will go. Keep your prin­ter and book­cases near the com­puter, and po­si­tion your mon­i­tor to avoid screen glare. Use high-qual­ity of­fice fur­nish­ings; if you work from home, you’ll spend a con­sid­er­able amount of time here so make your­self com­fort­able.”

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Kyl­loe elab­o­rates on the home­of­fice theme. “Place the guest room/home of­fice far from the main liv­ing quar­ters to avoid ex­cess noise and dis­tur­bances. Keep in mind that an of­fice with a great view can be dis­tract­ing, but bal­ance this fact with what you’ll want guests to see when they visit.”

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“Make a guest room/home of­fice long and nar­row; this al­lows a bed on one end to face the view win­dow, and it pro­vides enough space for a free­stand­ing ta­ble and chair on the other,” Carr adds. “The ta­ble, which can be used for do­ing pa­per­work, should have 3 feet of clear­ance on all sides. Bulky fur­ni­ture such as com­puter sta­tions should go along walls that don’t of­fer a view.”

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