Tips for Setting up a HOME OFFICE

Estate Homes, is a Home remodeling company, based out of Mill Creek, offers 10 tips for creating a functional Home Office.

According to statistics, more than half of small businesses within the United States are home-based, and the practice of telecommuting is on the rise. There are now more than 22 million Americans who work from home for at least part of the day, and that is predicted to increase significantly over the next five years. Not everyone has the space to dedicate an entire room to a home office, so we’ve collected 10 ideas to help inspire you in creating or improving your own office nook.
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Many homeowners have areas in their kitchens, that may include a desk, from where a household can be run, but finding a place to run your business in your home can be a challenge. Here is a list of 10 places that you may not have thought of to put a home office nook!
CLOSET – Do you have a closet that is under-utilized? Could you relocate items in your linen closet? Remove the doors and put a desk in it! Use pocket doors, bi-folds or curtains to hide when not in use.
UNDER STAIRCASE – If you have an odd-shaped space below your staircase, and don’t have a basement stair below it, it can be utilized as a desk nook.
HALLWAY – Hallways that are long and wide are great places to put a desk area along a side wall, or at the end.
CORNER – Carve out a corner of a room, opening into an unused closet or storage area.
ARMOIRE – Tuck a desk into an armoire. When the doors are closed, work is out of sight and out of mind.
LAUNDRY AND MUD ROOMS – Closer to command central, these areas can also be a place for a small desk area.
SECTION OFF a portion of a room and either use a free-standing partition; or instead of hiding it, create an office area that blends in with the rest of the space using the same wood and cabinetry style for built-ins
BUMP OUT a small nook into an unused garage space.
MASTER BEDROOM – A nook or bay in the master bedroom could also be considered if there is no other place to put a desk. A dresser table can double as a desk, and an upholstered chair can be multi-purpose.
FLEXIBLE ROOM – Build a desk into a room that multi-purposes as a guest bedroom. If space is extra tight, consider a Murphy bed.
Let Estate Homes help you find you own office nook!
Tips and Considerations

Don’t forget about good lighting. If you are lucky enough to have a window nearby, even better, but avoid putting a desk in front of a south-facing window due to summer glare and low winter sun
Use every bit of wall space for shelving or cabinetry
Maximize space below cabinetry with a pegboard or bar with hooks; magnetic strip bulletin boards or corkboard with fun fabric or bling-covered push pins
Put your desk on casters so that it can be moved for different purposes
Choose unconventional furniture and storage options, that are much more stylish and personal than those traditionally used in an office. Downsize the chair to a sleek but comfortable one.

Estate Homes is a true design-build firm specializing in custom remodeling and new homes, as well as residential design including architectural, interiors and cabinetry.

Ken Cornett, President
(425) 743-3373 | 16300 Mill Creek Blvd. Suite 121 Mill Creek WA 98012 Contact Us

10 steps to winterize your house

Ten Tips to Winterize Your Home

I get that it is Fall.  The days are so much shorter now; the sun doesn’t peak over the Cascade Mts until 7:45 AM or so.  I know that will change in early November when daylight savings time comes to its annual end.  Yet, all good hints that colder weather is just around the corner.

But what really reminded about winterizing … my furnace came on.  I found myself wandering around my house looking for the source of what I thought was a most rude and unusual sound. Ah! I discovered it was the furnace.

Here are ten tips.  You might consider adding some of them to your to-do list.

1.            Inspect your furnace
2.            Prepare your fireplace
3.            Inspect exterior doors and windows
4.            Inspect your roof, gutters and downspouts
5.            Service weather-specific equipment … like lawn mowers and snow shovels
6.            Check your foundations (of your house, not your personal self)
7.            Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
8.            Inspect plumbing … outside hose bibs, water irrigation systems, etc
9.            Do some yard work … plant spring flower bulbs now, for example
10.          Prepare an emergency kit

Do you want the full details?  Sure you do!  Click this link Winterize!

Workshops on How to build Raingardens!


We did it! Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainable Rain is celebrating the installation of five new rain gardens in the Central District, White Center, West Seattle, and two different locations in Beacon Hill. Check them out!

Now we are holding workshops in each of the neighborhoods: learn how to build a raingarden and apply for scholarships to build a rain garden in your yard or on your business property at these workshops.

All of the events are free, and please register!

West Seattle – November 9, 6:30-8:30pm
C&P Coffee Company: 5612 California Ave SW 98136

Beacon Hill- November 12, 10 am – noon
El Centro de la Raza: 2524 16th Ave S. 98144

Central District – November 14, 6:30-8:30pm
2100 Building: 2100 24th Ave S. 98144

White Center – November 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Big Al Brewery: 9832 14th Ave SW 98106

Each workshop will include coffee, food, information about rain garden scholarships, pictures and stories from our rain garden projects, training on how to build a rain garden and Sustainable West Seattle’s presentation on polluted runoff and Puget Sound.

Join us to view our new rain garden installations, learn more about rain gardens and how you can get involved in neighborhood sustainability, and even have a chance to win a scholarship to build your own rain garden as an individual or organization! Visit for more information!

Contact Amy Waterman at for any questions.

Thank you!
Amy Waterman
Sustainable Rain Program Lead

Preparing your home to sell or rent: 5 crucial “fixes”

Learn how to earn tidy profits when selling or renting out  your home or investment property with these quick renovation and maintenance tips.


Do your walls appear simple white and boring?  Does a nondescript beige or brown exterior greet potential buyers? Eliminate the institutional look and give your home a brand new appearance inside and out with a quality paint job. If you are dealing with 1970s dark doors and trim, consider incorporating those into a larger “Cafe Latte” color scheme to save money.  Consider changing out your “hollow core” doors with solid ones – preferably with panels. “Opt out” of the  white plastic panel doors, even though they are cheaper.

Fresh Smell

The sense of smell is a powerful tool especially when it comes to selling a home. Pet odors, smoking or other unpleasant smells can dramatically alter the impression of the home. Get rid of or  clean carpet, air vents, upholstery, or any other furnishing that  collects odors. Make it a priority to change the air filter and consider using an enzymatic treatment for deep-set odors. Marketing companies use smell to sell everything from new cars to clothing, so  put the same tips to work when renovating by using fragrance to create the impression of quality, comfort, and cleanliness.

Clear, then Organize Clutter

Visually, a few well placed large objects of contrasting colors are more attractive than numerous small items. Use this knowledge to tackle objectionable areas and transform them into the center of attention, both inside and outside the home. Coordinate colors to give the impression of uniformity instead of clutter to make a small kitchen or bathroom look larger.

Carpet – If there are hardwoods below – remove carpeting and refinish

If there are not hardwoods below the  carpet, I would recommend an easy-clean, commercial grade carpet with a good carpet pad beneath. I must have shown 10 rental properties last weekend to couples moving to Seattle from out of state. Any  wall to wall, worn out carpeting was a real “turn off” to all of them.


Invest in low-maintenance lawns, water-saving devices and energy efficient appliances that will appeal to tenants and potential buyers alike. If renting out your home, I would recommend paying for a landscaping service to maintain it, then incorporate that cost into the rent.

Seattle Sold Sisters – If you decide to list your home with our Latest Homes Sales team, we will provide Free Consultations and Garage Sale Services to help you de-clutter and prepare your home to sell. Visit then give Mimi or Peggy a call to find out more.