Tom Mayfield, Closet Organizing Systems, is a finalist in the 2014 Top Shelf Design Awards competition with his project "Home Office for Active Consulting Business" entered in the Home Office under 150 square feet category.
Project Description: The customer had an existing home office for his growing consulting business, but wanted it moved into a smaller bedroom so the existing room could be used for guests. We created an L-shaped desk with a separate work space for computer and manual tasks. The desk adjoined a credenza across the entire back wall that placed all working files and office equipment at his fingertips. A free-standing triple lateral file for retained records with a bookcase above was placed nearby on a side wall, and a TV screen was mounted on the wall for easy viewing. We also created a second work station for an out-of-town business partner consultant that could be easily disguised in an existing closet space when it was time for him to leave.
List materials used in the project, including wood, veneer, laminate, hinges, decorative accessories, etc.: A combination of Wild Cherry Melamine and matching thermofoil doors, drawer fronts, crown and base moulding. A contrasting high performance laminate was selected for all desk and counter tops. Pull-out shelves were installed in the base cabinets to make the printer, fax and shredder easily accessible. Reeded glass inserts were selected for the upper framed cabinet doors. The large crown was installed at the ceiling around the entire room to tie everything together.
Describe any design challenges, i.e. obstructions, etc.: Creating more efficiency, work space and elegance for the daily operation while including a separate work center for limited use from a much larger room to one with only 127 S.F.
Was the design created by hand or software program? If software program, which one did you use?: Original hand drawn plans were redrawn on Cabinet Vision to allow for screen and machine production.
Describe the installation process and any challenges.: Removing a Murphy Bed and existing closet system prior to installation, installing them in alternate locations, and bringing the many new components to a 2nd floor former guest bedroom.
Winners will be announced April 9 during a gala awards reception at the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater. Visit cabinetsandclosetsexpo to register for the event. Voting for the People's Choice award is still open. Visit the Top Shelf Design Awards gallery to pick your favorite project.