I’m the type of person who will tend to latch onto a dream or vision and then keep an unwavering, stranglehold type of grip on it until I am able to bring it into being.  Usually the “Dream” serves as a means to provide Hope and Inspiration.  Most of the time, Motivation.  And, it always drives me to new levels of Creativity.  I love the mental focus that comes along with the process.  Even more, I love the reward of finally achieving the goal.

     For the longest time, I have desired a studio office.  A place that is truly my own.  In our household, it seems that everyone has their own sacred place that they can slip off to except me.  Which is fine.  I’m not complaining.  I’m taking my time with mine.  No need to rush because I certainly want to get all of the details just right.  The detached, stand alone, office/studio concept has intrigued me for some time.  Frankly, I find it hard to believe that more people are not asking for these of their own.  From time to time we will get the request to design and build one, but, they are few and far between.  Even though, as expected, they almost always turn out quite fascinating.  A lot of time they will borrow some of the stylings of the main structure.  But, they do not need to replicate or take on a “Mini-Me” approach to their presence.  When successfully accomplished, they have a definitive personality of their own and are often more in step with the true personality of its occupant.

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     I came across this home about 4 or 5 years ago and have always taken a liking to it.  It’s not 100% my style but it does have its share of nice detailing.  It is unique with a lot of uncommon and personal touches.  Very relaxed and comfortable in its presentation.  One that is definitely Well Composed.  And thus, a lovely home in its own right.  But now, throw in this awesome studio office and it takes on a whole new dimension.  The building in the rear has many of the same attributes as the main structure but you do not get the feel that it is competing with it.  Just complementing. 

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I love the second story shutter and window detail that is carried over from the main home.  Anchoring the office with a masonry chimney is an exceptionally nice feature especially since it is on the opposite end as the primary home.  Both buildings working together actually create a more interesting and integrated whole.

     Then, the other day, I came across this photo from a project by the legendary Bobby McAlpine and it stirred me to start Dreaming of my own personal studio all over again.

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This pretty much sums up the feel of the space that I am going for.  From the stained concrete floors, to the dark interior walls, to the expanse of natural light, to that incredible desk as the center piece.  I’m not sure how much I would actually get done out there, but, I do know that it would feel like shear Heaven.  Thanks for the inspiration to Bobby and his team ’cause now the Dream has been advanced another step further.

BTW – Someone has got to share with me where I can find such a desk.

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