Making home work: design keeps up with home office trends

Treymore traditional staircase

By LISA BOONE — Los Angeles Times

It happened by accident. When Kurtis and Wanda Weller Sakai went to remodel their 1971 Ojai, Calif., ranch house, the original plan was to add a fourth bedroom for Kurtis to use as an office.

“We realized that if we went over 500 square feet, the add-on permits would get very expensive,” Kurtis said.

A new master suite consumed much of that square footage, so architect Darwin McCredie’s shifted gears and added to the front of the house a compact 14-by-14-foot office – no bathroom, no walk-in closet, to stay under that magic number of 500.

The result is a work space that feels apart from the rest of the house, a quality enhanced by the fact that the office is accessible only by an exterior door at the end of a long covered porch.

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