AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE WORLD OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATING IN THE HAMPTONS
BY JENNIFER MABLEY AND AUSTIN HANDLER OF MABLEY HANDLER INTERIOR DESIGN

Friday, February 19, 2010

Design Studio Reno, Part 1: Before & After

All we can say is...FINALLY! After nearly eight years in our Water Mill design studio, and over a year of designing the new space, we have finally renovated our interior working area! Now, truth be told, we fully renovated the 18th-century barn on our property that serves as our design studio when we first moved out to the Hamptons in 2002. We sheet-rocked the unfinished walls, put down wide-plank pine floors over the raw concrete slab floor, modernized the bathroom and kitchenette, and added a proper HVAC system. Structurally it was sound as a pound. However, the area that was lacking, especially in recent years was our desk/working area. It all started out fine...We each used our old desks from our respective places from when we lived in NYC, and over time added file cabinets when we needed more storage, and added desks when we gained new employees. However, eight years down the road, our office had become a mishmash or random, unmatched furniture. We're all for an eclectic mix, but this was not anything that could be confused for eclectic genius...It was just a mess. We never had enough storage room, so we just made piles and piles, and piles on top of other piles. It was getting harder and harder to think creatively when our surroundings were getting more and more disorganized. The homes that we create for our clients are calm, tranquil, relaxing places to escape the stress of the city...It was time for us to start practicing that we preach.


So, in late 2008/early 2009 we started talking about how we would renovate our work space...If we could ever commit to actually doing it! And just a short year/year and a half later (and five or seven or ten design revisions later), we finally set the wheels in motion. The work was performed by Peter Zambuto and Scott Tufarella of Finished Touch Carpentry in Shirley, NY., and we are thrilled with the job that they did here for us. We've been working with them for about six years, since they converted our attic into a playroom. They did such good work that we began using them for our clients' projects as well. While working for us they have done exterior framing and roofing, interior renovations, additions, full bathroom renovations, custom cabinetry and finished carpentry. And they really pulled out all of the stops for our studio :)

We have included the before, design, and after photos below...When you see the before photos, you may think that we pulled the classic makeover trick by making the them as messy and unappealing as possible in order to make the after photos look that much better. And, while there may be a little truth to that, the reality is that we really had been running out of storage room! And, it didn't help that we waited until the last minute before we remembered to take before photos...


Before: Overview of our Design Studio work area

Design: Layout for the new work area (overhead view)

After: The completed work area


Before: Austin's desk area

Design: Austin's desk area

After: Austin's desk area


Before: Design Assistant & Office Manager's desk area

Design: Design Assistant & Office Manager's desk area

After: Design Assistant & Office Manager's desk area


Before: Jennifer's desk area

Design: Jennifer's desk area

After: Jennifer's desk area


Two very happy designers in our inspirational new work space!


Tune in tomorrow, when we highlight some of the interesting design details of the new space...


8 comments:

  1. Wow. Very attractive and functional. I bet the overhead storage space is a extremely helpful. I think my before/after is Austin's workspace. The before furniture truly "before"!!!

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