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How to Design a Custom Home Office for Bay Area Client Meetings

Posted by Larry Fox on Nov 8, 2016 2:50:59 PM

Working from home in the Bay Area sounds like living the dream, doesn’t it? My telecommuting clients tell me they enjoy a better work/life balance, avoid traffic, and generally feel more productive. I believe it, especially given that the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont metro area came in first, nationally, for number of mega-commuters—people who travel at least 90 minutes and at least 50 miles each way for work. That’s a lot of time and stress most of us could do without.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, bay area, Custom Desks, Custom Shelving, Meetings

A Professional Home Office Helps Entrepreneurs Take Advantage of Livermore Startup Boom

Posted by Larry Fox on Oct 13, 2016 1:35:33 PM

If you’ve lived in the Bay Area as long as I have, you’ll notice certain patterns. Areas get tech-heavy, and then they get crowded. Talented workers start to move to other less expensive cities, and then commute to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

But as more and more talented people move to these “auxiliary” cities, they grow to love them. They plant roots. Companies move to be near these workers, draw in more workers, and the city booms. That’s what is happening with Livermore right now, which has become a hotspot thanks to developments like the Livermore National Laboratory and the planned massive research/transit area.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, Custom Desks, Custom Garage Storage, Livermore, Roll-Out Shelves

Luxury Office and Wall Bed Combos Make the Most of Sunnyvale Condos

Posted by Larry Fox on Oct 7, 2016 1:16:23 PM

The Sunnyvale condo market is, in a word, tight. Easy light rail and BART access allow for quick transportation in and around the city, especially into San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area, and Sunnyvale has become a real hub for tech workers. This has done a number on the condo market, limiting availability—and limiting space. Most of the condos in Sunnyvale are in the 1,100 sq ft range. In fact, despite some big 1,600-footers being built, the average actually dropped below 1,100 this year.

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Home Offices, Sunnyvale, Pull-Out Desks

New Santa Clara Developments Highlight the Need For Custom Home Offices

Posted by Larry Fox on Oct 4, 2016 2:38:32 PM

I recently spoke to a friend in Santa Clara about all the changes the town has been through lately. To me, it’s pretty much unrecognizable from before the tech boom, but when I brought it up, he shot me down with one of those crook-eyed “You think it’s different now?” looks. The thing is, he’s right. He told me about some of the enormous new mixed-use developments that have been approved in the area, namely Santa Clara’s City Place and San Jose’s Diridon Station—and when I say enormous, I mean enormous.

They’re both 230 acres, millions of square feet. They’ll have room for thousands of jobs. There’s a catch, though: they’ll make traffic considerably worse.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, Custom Cabinets, Custom Shelving, Pull-Out Desks, Roll-Out Shelves

A Custom Home Needs Custom Cabinets: Working with the Challenges of Willow Glen Architecture

Posted by Larry Fox on Sep 20, 2016 3:21:56 PM

After years of working in Northern California, I know what kinds of homes to expect in different areas. In Sunnyvale, you’ll see Eichlers. In San Francisco, condos and beautiful “painted ladies”. But in Willow Glen, one of my favorite little areas of San Jose, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Many blocks are a melange of housing styles, from Victorian to Colonial, or Prairie to Spanish Eclectic, built with only the dreams and wishes of the original owner in mind.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, Custom Cabinets, Willow Glen, custom media center, Custom Wardrobes

Making the Most of In-Law Quarters in San Ramon: Custom Cabinets for a Multi-Use Space

Posted by Larry Fox on Aug 30, 2016 3:29:54 PM

San Ramon is beautiful during the summer. It’s on the so-called “Sunny Side of the Bay,” and it is “so-called” because that is 100% accurate. That’s why a lot of San Ramon residents have family and friends come visit in the summer. There’s a lot to do, from hiking the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness to exploring the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site (for the more literary types), or just sitting under the stars and listening to one of the city’s free concerts. Of course, if you have summer guests, the question becomes: what do you do with the guest room when people aren’t visiting?

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Home Offices, Custom Cabinets, San Ramon

Creating a Custom Home Office When There's No Space in Your Mountain View Condo

Posted by Larry Fox on Aug 9, 2016 12:23:07 PM

Ah, to be young and live in Mountain View. Or to be in the prime of your career and live there—or to be retired there. Whatever your age, this Bay Area jewel is attracting lots of newcomers. It’s been fun to see the downtown area bloom over the last decade, and while there are plenty of great houses, I’ve found that the condo market is probably the hottest: condos sell within 15 days—and at 107% of list price. Those are unheard of numbers, and they’re driven by two groups: tech employees from Silicon Valley and retirees.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, small spaces, Custom Workstations, Custom Desks, Mountain View

Create a Zen Workspace in Your San Jose Home through a Custom Office Design: Part 2

Posted by Larry Fox on Jul 12, 2016 4:14:13 PM

Read Part I of our Zen Workspace series here

We live in stressful times. I was talking to a client in San Jose last week about the 4th of July and asked whether she enjoyed the long weekend (and the Rose, White and Blue parade). She said the holiday made her week more stressful—she had to pack five days of work into four.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, Custom Cabinets, San Jose, Zen Workspace

Create a Zen Workspace in Your San Jose Home through a Custom Office Design: Part 1

Posted by Larry Fox on Jul 5, 2016 4:23:24 PM

I like to start my mornings with a nice breakfast while I flip through the newspaper (call me old-fashioned). San Jose residents may find it a strange routine. If you’re part of the growing tech scene, your morning might go more like this: You wake up already panicking about how much you need to get done, down a pot of coffee as you scan emails, and by the time you look up from your laptop, it’s 10 or 11 PM. Whether you’re trying to get a start-up off the ground, or working through the ranks of a more established company like eBay or TiVo, there’s no denying San Jose folks are stressed.

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Topics: Custom Home Offices, Custom Cabinets, San Jose, Custom Workstations

Two Twin Murphy Beds Allow Downsizing Palo Alto Grandparents to Host Overnight Guests

Posted by Larry Fox on Jun 23, 2016 5:00:35 PM

Palo Alto is one of those cities where it’s cold enough to enjoy the changing seasons – but never too cold. It’s warm enough for outdoor fun – but never too hot. It rarely rains. It doesn’t have the baking heat of the desert. In other words: I love it. Lots of people do. While the city draws many tech-sector employees, it’s not just for savvy 30-somethings. With a full 17% of residents age 65 and older, Palo Alto has become a retirement magnet. It’s the perfect location, especially if you already have kids, or grandkids, in the area.

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Topics: Custom Wall Beds, Custom Murphy Beds, Custom Home Offices, Palo Alto, small spaces

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