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Building Our Own Office

Posted by on April 18, 2009

Today we had some neighboring RVers comment on our new office space.  This was a pipe dream  much needed as we do a good deal of computer work.  There is also the need for a small office space due to the business ventures that we’re experimenting with. Last month we had priced a custom built mini office and desk from Classic Coach Works in Florida. However, it was far too costly for our budget. But as we were perusing The World Market we found something we liked.  Too big but with some innovative visions we thought we could customize the idea ourselves.  With two couches mirroring each other in the living area,  we knew something had to give.  Personally, I’m more inclined to relax in an easy chair with my feet up as opposed to lying about.  I offered my couch as the sacrificial lamb. And we decided to go this project alone as we do have some past experience in the carpenters arena.   It would prove to be a big savings.

with-couch1

The next step was to remove the second couch, the attached seat belts which were never used, and to alleviate and reroute the heater ductwork that had outlets at the bottom of the sofa.

with-couch-removed1

We purchased an inexpensive unit at a local retailer.  But it was going to need cut down and reduced in size to fit the area we chose for the installation.  If not, there would be no room to sit and keyboard, or do much of anything else.   Not having a circular saw on hand, that also had to be purchased.  The remainder of the needed tools were intelligently packed prior to this trip. Everything had to be reduced by one and a half feet but kept to scale over the entire project, along with revamping the hutch to sit vertically at the left end, instead of horizontally across the entire breadth of the desk unit.  The small areas where I couldn’t fit, well , I just left those up to Robin as she’s pretty handy with a drill herself.  This also kept me off my knees much of the time.  You’re not talking with a dummy here, now, are you?

robin-working

This project proved to be far more detailed than I originally intended.  There were numerous cuts and shavings but I have learned over the years to measure twice and cut once.  Now that age has reared its ugly head at me,  I now measure at least three times.  This knowledge has proved invaluable as we found the few mistakes made are relatively unseen. The scaled down model seemed to fit just right into its new home. Thank goodness I payed attention to my geometry and calculus teachers year ago.  So here we go, with the finished product and ready to work.

finished-product

The whole project took us the better part of a day and a half. There were far too many trips outside for cuts and tools to count. By the end of this second day, night has fallen. When I looked outside, it was as if the skies were telling us it was a task well done and I obliged by grabbing my Canon and photographing this beautiful Western sky. Goodnight all.

sunset3

7 Responses to Building Our Own Office

  1. Donna

    You could have been pioneers with your spirit for adventure and your talents with drills and saws and stuff!! Love reading your blog and am happy it’s being published. You have the writing talent. Miss you

  2. Debbie

    I love what you’ve done to the place! Now you have a special place for the flameless candle for ambiance……….No excuse now for a long gap in emailing me all the day to day news! Love you guys………you’ll have to change your moniker to Gypsy Larry & Robin Building & Remodeling.com……..lol.

  3. larry

    You guys are way too kind. Glad you are enjoying the reading. Hope all is going as good as possible for you two.

  4. Carolyn

    The home looks great! Just love what you have done with the place. I have to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. You deserve to be published!!

  5. Sharon

    The desk looks really nice! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. Sharon

    I checked out Classic Coach Works. Boy do they have some great looking flooring and window covers. We would really like to swap out our flooring. We’re in Texas though I hope I can find someone here who does the same kind of work.

    Catch ya later…

  7. larry

    I appreciate being of some help. And thanks for the comments

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