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Office Remodel: behind the scenes

Our office building is a converted 1890’s brick Victorian home, in the historic Brewery District/German Village area of Columbus, Ohio. The showroom is on the first floor, and our office space is on the second. The attic & basement are strictly for storage, and have never been finished (the basement wigs me out a bit, with an eerie staircase remnant at the back that rises up to nothing).

Kitchen Kraft office

The business owners added onto the back of the building when they bought it eight or so years ago. In the showroom,  the addition is an area where clients may sit around an island to discuss plans with their designer, and some product samples are on the walls. Upstairs, it’s an open office space with seating for three with a generic worktop extending almost entirely around the room and cabinetry for printed resource material.

We’ve been slowly extending the showroom upstairs. First the upstairs half bath was remodeled (as well as the half bath in the showroom). Next we installed different flooring in the kitchen/copy room, bath, and the three existing offices. We added designer painted walls (thanks Sherry Miller of The Painted Room, 614-523-1097) in the bath, three existing offices, and hallway. Chair rail, beadboard & decorative molding was installed in the hallway, and we swapped out the old office doors & molding for new ones that are different in each office (and half bath). That back room was left untouched…until now.

Plans were drawn up to make the big back room into two individual designers’ offices (with seating for clients at the back side of a wood-topped desk), and an open area with one side designated as the resource area, and other side as the technology area (fax, printer, server, etc). I didn’t think about writing this entry until after the walls were constructed and painted (painting by Ryan Meyers of Empowered Painting, Inc., 614-989-2157), and the cabinetry was being installed. It would have been neat to show the room as it was.

Here are a few photos taken during the installation:

view from the hallway

office on right side

office on left side

technology area

resource area

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