A phase three home can be many things.
For some it's the house where your family transitions forward. For others it's a home in an exciting new location, or an older home renovated after the kids jump the nest.
But for work-from-home fifty-somethings Jackie Hoysted and Prem Singh, the plan for their phase three home had a very different focus: To create a space that beautifully blended their professional and personal lifestyles.
So they hired architects and builders to create a home that married their careers in art and technology with their everyday lifestyle.
And the result? A warm, welcoming modern space that offers the best of both worlds.
"Our goal in life has been to have no distinction between work and life; one is part of the other," says Hoysted. "Everything is intertwined for us, and we love it that way."
Learn how this Bethesda couple melded the comforts of home with their love of work and career, in Deborah Dietsch's recent Chicago Tribune article,Seamless Transition From Home to Work. It will inspire you to rethink how your home and office interact.
Here's how these homeowners addressed a few of the usual pitfalls of living and working under the same roof. Take a look!
The Problem: Work areas placed in less than ideal spots in the home.
The Solution: Relocate work spaces where they best fit the needs of family members and their lifestyle.
*Prem needed a quieter office space away front the noisy, hustle-bustle of the family's main living area. Jackie wanted an open, light studio out of the basement---both common problems for most at-home professionals. So architects placed their offices at the back of the house, so they both got the quiet and spaciousness they needed.
*Next, outside access was created for both offices which added privacy and eliminated the need to trek business through personal spaces. (Now that's a great idea I'll save for my personal wishlist.)
The Problem: Uninteresting, poorly lit office/studio space.
The Solution: Build work areas around outdoor spaces for loads of natural light and rooms with gorgeous views!
*An outdoor courtyard in close proximity to both offices not only offered additional dining and entertaining space, it surrounded their work space with light and great views. And for Jackie Hoysted, turned out to be the ideal seasonal extension for her art studio.
The Problem: Inflexible, stagnant office design and decor that's outdated and boring.
The Solution: Create work spaces that are practical but interesting and adaptable.
*Hoysted's new studio now boasts 14' ceilings thanks to a design layout that took advantage of the sloping site---perfect for an artist's studio. Concrete floors and flexible furnishings create a space that can be easily reconfigured and can transition from art studio to family room if the homeowners choose to sell at a later date.
*Singh's office offers the same flexiblity with movable furniture on casters and adjustable modular storage systems.
How will yourphase three home incorporate the perfect mix of work and everyday?
Deborah Dietsch is author of the book, Live/Work: Working at Home Living at Home
All photos: Marvin Joseph/Washington Post