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Harlem Residence Office contemporary-home-office
 

Harlem Residence Office

A cookie cutter developer three bedroom duplex was transformed into a four bedroom family friendly home complete with fine details and custom millwork. A home office, artist studio and even a full laundry room were added through a better use of space. Additionally, transoms were added to improve light and air circulation.

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lkj123 wrote:
Is the light housing custom made? - I like the way it's integrated into the ceiling but typically they are separated. Is there an installation kit that can be bought? http://lightingspecialists.com
   Comment   April 16, 2014
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The light fixture is a pretty typical fluorescent tube with nice lines. We created a niche in the ceiling the same depth as the lighting housing and a couple of inches wider. It was a relatively simple and inexpensive way of creating a nice work light.
April 16, 2014 at 5:42PM     
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gvenkat wrote:
Is the hardwood desktop standard size planks or custom cut lengths?
     Comment   March 23, 2014
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The hardwood desktop is actually just leftover wood flooring of random lengths (4" wide and between 3' and 8' long). We built a plywood base (2 layers of 3/4" plywood glued and screwed) and then installed the Douglas Fir on top with the same technique as one would install a floor (end nails and glue). The front edge was a little more difficult because we mitred the boards on the top and the front together so there would be no seams. It's held up extremely well. Hope this helps.
March 23, 2014 at 5:36PM        Thanked by gvenkat
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anwlee wrote:
Rolling office stools - Hi, where did you get the two rolling stools / office chairs from? Thanks!
   Comment   December 26, 2013
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They're Saddle chairs made by Humanscale. Really comfortable and nice that they can slide out of the way.
December 27, 2013 at 4:32AM     
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kellycarterster wrote:
Cabinets - This space is just the solution I was looking for to organize our basement. Where did you find the cabinets?
   Comment   November 24, 2013
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The white cabinets on the right are from CabParts. They sell the boxes, doors, hardware, and you put them together yourself. Ikea is a good option for a flat front cabinet too. The shelves are custom, but the hardware holding them up is made by Rakks. They'e the "C" profile standard and typical Rakks shelving bracket. You can make strong, and reasonably-priced shelves from cutting down sheets of 3/4" birch plywood. Hope this helps.
November 25, 2013 at 6:43AM      Thanked by kellycarterster
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Thank you! This has been a big help. I hope this helps to inspire me to get organized.
November 25, 2013 at 6:56AM   
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eandchasy wrote:
Front door window - What is a good idea on covering a front door to have privacy?
   Comment   July 30, 2013
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Hi there, We've had good luck using 3M films on windows that looked out over a Manhattan sidewallk. They're very easy to install and can mimic frosted or patterned glass, allowing light to pass through but maintaining privacy. Search "3M Fasara window films." We've also hung fabric in glass closet doors that I think turned out well. I've attached an image. The nice thing about this technique is that you can change the fabric by season, holiday, or never. Hope this helps.
July 31, 2013 at 6:28AM     
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patjlynn wrote:
Flooring - What type of flooring is that?
     Comment   March 14, 2013
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What was used for desk top?
May 14, 2013 at 2:05PM   
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The desk top is the same material as the floor. We built a substrate of plywood and then just installed the top as if it were a wood floor. The front edge is the same wood mitred to meet the top. It's a reasonably priced way to get a solid wood desktop.
May 16, 2013 at 6:40PM     
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Katarina Tkacik wrote:
What is supporting the desktop - the two white blocks, what are they made off?
   Comment   March 8, 2013
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They are just wood framing covered by sheetrock and painted the same color as the walls. It's a long span for the desk so it provides extra support.
March 21, 2013 at 6:57AM   
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jillnb wrote:
Where did you get the desk top?
   Comment   October 7, 2012
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The desktop is just made from leftover flooring material. We designed a 1 1/2" base of plywood and installed the flooring on top. The front edge is made from a floor piece turned on it's edge. It's about 2 1/4" thick.
February 25, 2013 at 10:38AM     
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Lauren Drobach wrote:
Do you happen to have the blue/grey pain color?
   Comment   July 16, 2012
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I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. The paint is Benjamin Moore "sunrise 829". We used the Aura line.
February 25, 2013 at 10:43AM   
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Lauren Drobach wrote:
Where did you get the brackets for the shelving?
   Comment   July 16, 2012
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Do you remember the standard and bracket type from racks? Is that the C-type standard? Is it sturdy enough to load up the shelving with books? Looks great.
May 14, 2013 at 8:09AM     
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Yes, these are the C-type brackets and the"Rakks Style" bracket. Although this photo shows the normal depth (top to bottom) version, they also have a heavy duty that we've since used for heavier books. Ideally you would install a layer of 1/2" plywood behind the sheetrock wall finish, but we've also just used the "toggler" anchors that you can purchase directly from Rakks without any mishaps If it's a renovation project, I'd install the plywood for peace of mind. I agree they're a nice product for a good price.
May 14, 2013 at 11:07AM     
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gtomkies wrote:
Who makes the storage cabinet?
   Comment   June 30, 2012
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The storage cabinets on the right of the picture are built-in custom cabinets designed by Mabbott Seidel Architecture. The pulls are made by Sugatsune.
July 2, 2012 at 10:34AM     
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June 8, 2013 at 11:42AM   
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orlandosueb wrote:
How did you treat the desktop? Is it stain and a lacquer? If so, what color is the stain?
   Comment   June 14, 2012
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The desktop is made from T&G vertical grain wood flooring, and is finished with a hand applied polyurethane.
June 14, 2012 at 9:56AM   
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Leda Shapiro
Would like more detail on desktop. It looks thicker than the usual flooring. And would love to know the stain (mfg and color). Is there a lip on the top, is that why it looks thicker? Thanks for whatever ddetail ...and what is supporting the desk?
July 17, 2012 at 8:08PM   
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stools - Where can I find these stool?
   Comment   April 27, 2012
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The stools are the Saddle Stools from Humanscale. http://www.humanscale.com/products/product_detail.cfm?group=FreedomSaddleSeat. They're really comfortable and perfect for spaces where you don't want chairs taking up too much space. Hope this helps.
April 29, 2012 at 6:46AM   
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