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  • Writer's pictureLee'Or Meyerson

Office Update.The 14' Bookshelves. ORC Room Challenge Week 3

April 17, 2024

One Room Challenge week 3 is fast upon us! With an approved design plan and an excited client, it was time to get moving on the custom built-in bookcases.

If you missed week 1 or 2 of the Home Office design, you can find it here and here.

A quick bit of history about myself for those of you that do not know me. I am not a trained designer or a general contractor. I started my business in 2011 with the encouragement of a friend who thought I had an eye for design and talent to execute. Everything that I have learned has been through on the job training, tireless research, magazines, books and design shows. My team that I have worked with over the past decade has helped me improve, grow and bring my ideas to life!

I submit sketches that are not to scale and by no means architectural, but they get the job done! I sent designs to my client before we began the process with all of her wishes taken into account. These are the initial drawings that I handed over to my extremely talented carpenter and then we began the process of editing & measuring and measuring & editing and measuring & editing some more.

My carpenter has been building homes, kitchens, cabinets, vanities and more for decades, but I am proud to say that this has been the tallest project that he has ever built. We also had an element in this design that neither one of us had ever worked with before. My client has dreamed of her library since she was a little girl, and always wanted one thing: a library ladder. This was designed to be used on either side of the built-ins. The design and production of the ladder was 6-8 weeks. This not only made it a tight timeline for ORC, but by not having the ladder on sight, we would have to make sure our measurements were perfect. There was absolutely no room for error!

I chose the Classic No.1 from Putnam Rolling Ladders and I am so pleased with the quality of their products. They were so patient with me and my million questions and were super easy to work with. Stay tuned for later ORC weekly updates to see the process of putting the ladder together and the final outcome.

Building Off Site

My carpenter always starts by building cabinetry off site when he can, especially when we are limited on space at the project. By having most of the cabinetry built off site, we can limit the time we are invading our client's home and keep the mess to a minimum - well, as much as you can on a project site. Since we were literally starting with a blank slate and there was barely any demolition involved, we were able to do just that.

And so we went from a blank wall, to a pile of lumber, to the beginning of my client's dream office. In the meantime be sure to follow along on the official ORC blog page and on Instagram. See you next week!


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