Chr DAUER Architects
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Miller modern home office


A modernist house in the Berkeley hills is expanded and completely renovated for two art historians. All of the new work is seamlessly integrated with the original character of the house to maximize views, natural light, and……book storage.

New windows, lighting, and casework transform a dark storage room into a comfortable naturally lit workspace for art history research.

Photographer: Belynda Webb

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bgordebak wrote:
Could you give me the size of the room please? - I have a room reserved for my home office, and I think this set-up would fit very well there. But to be able to judge better, I need an approximate size for this room.
   Comment   March 6, 2014
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the entire study is 19'-6" deep x 13' wide (camera only shows 1/2 the depth) ceiling ht is 8'-6"
March 7, 2014 at 3:59pm      Thanked by bgordebak
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Thank you very much.
March 7, 2014 at 4:43pm   
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LeSueur Interiors wrote:
Where did the desks/files come from, or are they custom? - Looking for something almost identical to this, thanks!
   Comment   June 14, 2012
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they are from Hon 3 drawer lateral files
July 11, 2013 at 5:19pm   
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fbaringer wrote:
Are the bookshelves custom or a system?
   Comment   May 30, 2012
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This would be perfect for my study.
March 6, 2014 at 6:54pm   
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the shelves were custom designed to fit the space as well as the book collection
March 7, 2014 at 3:59pm   
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Margaret Everton added this to Book Nooks--Get The Look
These simple (and beautifully filled) built-in bookshelves turn what would be a blank space with a desk into an entire world of academia and learning. This room is useful and aesthetically complete--beyond the work space, there is no need for other decor.
Becky Harris added this to Libraries for Everyone
Here is a beautiful home office with a library vibe.
Margaret Everton added this to How To Organize Your Home Office
This library incorporates a work space with this L-shaped desk. Consider putting two similar tables together and creating your own L-shape. Use one side for technology, and the other for sprawling out projects (and that ever-important cup of coffee). More home office inspiration
John Hill added this to 24 Amazing Walls of Books
Two walls covered in books can also converge at a corner. This office space is not only packed with books but designed so the work surfaces meld with the book storage. If going this route on your own project, be sure to check that the top shelves can be reached over the desk.

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tracymclennan12 added this to tracymclennan12's Ideas
on Monday
Shelving home office
timbarcz added this to timbarcz's Ideas
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Book shelves
Eric Nitiutomo added this to new Home
on Sunday
Office ideas
macyrandall added this to macyrandall's Ideas
April 10, 2014
silverbellegal added this to home office
April 2, 2014
ecrivant3 added this to ecrivant3's ideas
March 25, 2014
how do u get to the books in the corner?
susiewindle added this to susiewindle's Ideas
March 23, 2014
Under desk files drawers
tdbulldog added this to Bookshelves
March 19, 2014
floor-to-ceiling, v. simple
monrabot added this to home office
March 18, 2014
Like the desk
stephthurling added this to office
March 12, 2014
Wall of books
alf2005 added this to office shelving
March 11, 2014
Repeat after me: "Fill the space." The secret to creating a look that looks like high-end built-in cabinets is to fill the space you have as completely as possible. These freestanding shelves almost perfectly fill the niches. They could have been purchased as single units, or could have been four separate bookcases in each niche. Whatever it takes to fill that wall or niche, fill it up instead of having a too-tiny storage unit stranded in the middle of a big wall."
radancz added this to radancz's ideas
March 7, 2014
knihovna pracovna
wigg04 added this to The Best House In The World
February 28, 2014
This would be my office because I can be on my computer whenever I want and I can keep my books arranged in each shelf. I could draw stuff there and I can eat there. That's why that would be my office.
qt061106 added this to Study
February 23, 2014
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February 23, 2014
sarahcvhs added this to Home Office Ideas
February 18, 2014
Different shelving style...could still wrap around corner behind blue chair
judyjunk54 added this to Home Office Ideas
February 16, 2014
the bookcase structure goes right to the ceiling, eliminating the need to dust the tops of bookcases.
piacapdeville added this to Home Office Ideas
February 10, 2014
Espaco de mesa! Profundidade
Drew Bacon added this to drew_bacon's ideas
February 6, 2014
Michael Hundy added this to Home Office
January 27, 2014
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January 26, 2014
Double desk and book case
rhetoricat added this to Work Space Design
January 24, 2014
Book shelves recessed
567492 added this to Office
January 24, 2014
Two walls of shelves for our books and music would be great!
dorman added this to Office
January 23, 2014
like the file cabinets
sheralynpeterson added this to Sheralyn's new house
January 19, 2014
long desk with bookshelves
Jess added this to Interior
January 19, 2014
Floor to ceiling books
reikod added this to home office
January 11, 2014
L desk
Anouska Prigg added this to Study
January 9, 2014
Office/study and library in one
staciasmith added this to craft room
January 8, 2014
interesting - shelving behind desk installation in craft room?
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January 8, 2014
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January 6, 2014
wall to wall bookshelves
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January 6, 2014
Lights above bookshelves
30kelvin added this to Attic
January 6, 2014
L -shaped? Could be over LHS as currently used if cupboard remains barely used.
venice_2008 added this to Living rooms and libraries
January 2, 2014
L shape -- 2 functions: office/writing and sewing; make it 2 heights
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January 2, 2014
built ins for seforim
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January 1, 2014
Escritorio y estantería
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juanita46 added this to bookcases
December 11, 2013
maybe for upstairs. But it would require light!
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December 9, 2013
L shaped
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December 7, 2013
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December 2, 2013
good working library
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December 1, 2013
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November 28, 2013
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Book case
katherinesohn added this to Anna's shelves
November 22, 2013
good to see how floor to ceiling books look a bit overwhelming for Anna's room
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November 18, 2013
Built in bookcases. White but busy looking....
Salman Malik added this to Desks
November 17, 2013
merging desk with books
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Polki Zlota
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October 31, 2013
builtin bookshelves and desk
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October 25, 2013
i need this much shelving
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Desk in front of books
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September 30, 2013
Office idea
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Without desk
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September 28, 2013
Angled book holder
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September 22, 2013
Max space bookshelves
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September 18, 2013
adore this office
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September 14, 2013
the shelves converging at the corners
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September 10, 2013
large l shaped...good storage
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Walls of bookd
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buklt in bookcases
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Return And files underneath
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bookshelves behind the desk furniture
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see storage under knee space
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August 18, 2013
Ideal !
andressa747 added this to andressa747's ideas
August 16, 2013
this is actually what i picture
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August 14, 2013
2-drawer metal file cabinets
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August 13, 2013
shelving everywhere
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August 11, 2013
desk layout
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August 10, 2013
perfect idea for the craft and library room I want here
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August 9, 2013
Bookshelves and desk
johannahbrown added this to Home Office Ideas
July 27, 2013
this was what I was initially thinking but now...
paynev added this to Shelves
July 23, 2013
Small drawers under shelves
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July 21, 2013
I like the fact that they were willing to put furniture in front of the bookshelves.
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Library effect to office
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Desk in front of shelving
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Corner desk
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July 13, 2013
file cabinets
lindafmg added this to Library Design
July 8, 2013
Library--Two walls covered in books can also converge at a corner. This office space is not only packed with books but designed so the work surfaces meld with the book storage. If going this route on your own project, be sure to check that the top shelves can be reached over the desk.
preama added this to preama's ideas
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July 7, 2013
I like this photo because the library have a lot of of books and then space is clean everything it perfect
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July 2, 2013
Office idea 8
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June 29, 2013
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June 29, 2013
Shelves with storage and worksurface
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bookshelves with built in desk
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Book cases
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June 18, 2013
lined walls with shelves
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June 17, 2013
lateral files interesting and ?awkward merger of files and bookshelves
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bookshelves built in
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combined with built in desk
mistymarie94 added this to Library
June 9, 2013
Floor to ceiling bookshelves give the walls a textured appearance, however the room would appear larger if the top shelf was left open with colorful glass sculptures complimented by recessed lighting. The flooring, while subtle, gives the room a retro feel. The desk is out-of-the way but it looks poorly placed. It interrupts the flow of the bookshelves and visually detracts from the room. The lower bookshelves of the rear wall could have been left bare, with a neutral shelf cover that provided some horizontal lines beneath the desk. This would also help to preserve the continuity of the room so that the books don't appear blocked by a poorly placed desk. The desk should be located more centrally, rather than crammed into an adjoining rear wall. A chair that faces the entrance of the room would be more perceptively inviting and would add depth to the space.
julietmikecharlie added this to julietmikecharlie's Ideas
June 7, 2013
Desk for study library, maybe
kaybaxter added this to Offices
June 7, 2013
For John office. Built in desk &files.
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June 5, 2013
kate_talbott added this to WKRED
May 29, 2013
stock file cabinets built-in under counter
Linda Heng added this to linda_heng's Ideas
May 28, 2013
Combination of shelves n workspace
Teri added this to Professional Office and Home Libraries
May 26, 2013
Great library for research materials for a book. Some shelves could hold file folders, some stacks of periodicals, others books, old and new. Very nice.
brian7134 added this to brian7134's ideas
May 26, 2013
Library 3
Teri added this to Professional Writer's Office: Hoax Section
May 22, 2013
Wow. I could love this library.
jaxhudmom added this to STUDY
May 15, 2013
book shelves!!!
bsavoldelli added this to bsavoldelli's Ideas
May 15, 2013
double set of file drawers
milesy added this to Home Office Ideas
May 13, 2013
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May 13, 2013
Work desk built into bookshelves
Wendi J. Davis added this to webuser_91234's Ideas
May 13, 2013
Zona ofi?
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May 12, 2013
love all these shelves.
Sharon added this to floor
May 9, 2013
Library desk combo
miaosf added this to playroom
May 5, 2013
All bookshelf?? looks too cluttered to me, but may need to do something like this??
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May 4, 2013
Librero al lado del escritorio
gabsters added this to gabsters's Ideas
May 3, 2013
study library
kmschlesi added this to Home Office Ideas
May 1, 2013
Lots of things work about this space....the L-shaped desk, the filing cabinets, the bookshelves, and the clean look of white everywhere.
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Corner desk
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April 28, 2013
shelves with corner desk
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April 26, 2013
Christine Parker added this to Office
April 25, 2013
L-shaped desk and omg library
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April 21, 2013
desk layout for M
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Bookshelf with desk
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April 13, 2013
l shaped desk with storage
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April 10, 2013
Different idea
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March 31, 2013
Sufliky a stol pri kniznici
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March 28, 2013
there's the books
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March 23, 2013
Lots of shelves
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March 22, 2013
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March 16, 2013
desk connected to the wall
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March 14, 2013
Book storage with desk space
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March 8, 2013
clean and functional!
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March 8, 2013
The work desk is awesome, and books, books, books...
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March 2, 2013
Office L-Shape
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March 2, 2013
Book storage
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February 24, 2013
someday home office
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February 23, 2013
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February 20, 2013
I'm in love! It's more storage than you could ever imagine.
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February 20, 2013
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February 20, 2013
home office book cases
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February 19, 2013
built in 3 draw files. paint to match cabinets, like in picture.
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February 16, 2013
Great idea for upstairs office. Just flip it and start at door,round to do entire side wall.
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February 14, 2013
Amazing desk
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February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013
bookcases with desk in front
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February 7, 2013
I like them built into the wall.
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February 5, 2013
Library work room
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February 4, 2013
book cases
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February 4, 2013
Makes you want to be a Art Historian
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Library and L-shape desk
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January 28, 2013
Corner desk for Lynn (behind refrigerator) with light/drafting glass
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built in desk with book case wall
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office space masselin
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January 24, 2013
Too cluttered
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bookcase behind desk
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White office
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shelves, work space
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January 7, 2013
book space
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January 6, 2013
Office - file cabinets
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January 6, 2013
different shelf widths add interest & love the amount of desk space!
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January 6, 2013
L-shaped desk with side file cabinets out of the way
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January 6, 2013
Bookshelves to the ceiling. Love 'em
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