Designing a Flexible Home Office

While open floor plan homes may be inconvenient for the time being, John McCulley of McCulley Design Lab in Solana Beach, CA, believes there’s no reason the great room can’t function as both a family gathering center and an office and a school room.

“We just need to think about setting things up differently,” says McCulley, who’s working with clients who have a lovely home in a great location, who suddenly find themselves with their college-age children back home and taking classes remotely, while both parents are also working from home.

McCulley is helping the family “reformat the space,” which entails setting up a series of zones with desks that can fold out from a vertical surface. He’s working on hidden panels that can slide or fold out, all with connectivity abilities so that laptops and other devices can easily be plugged in.

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