My husband are I are looking to build and we are having a real problem finding home plans that incorporate a business in the home. I am a marketing consultant and work from home. My clients are all over the country so I rarely have clients here. I do have a college intern part time.
My husband is an professor/accountant/tax consultant/writer. He sometimes has clients come for meetings, has an assistant during tax season, and sometimes has a 2nd accountant here as tax season gets hot and heavy.
We live in an old (though remodeled) Craftsman cottage that I love, but when we have clients in, they have to march right through the living area and kitchen to get to his office. There is no room to remodel further on this lot. We have 4 bedrooms which is now more like 3 offices and 1 bedroom. We use the dining room as a conference area when more than 2 people show up at once. We are being overrun with filing cabinets in the garage.
I'm thinking we should build a home with a wing, or some sort of courtyard arrangement with office to one side and our private spaces to the other. I'm looking to give us more privacy in our living quarters. A 2nd entrance to the office area also looks to be necessary. We would prefer not to do a 2 story (unless we install an elevator) because of husband's knee problems. I have been all over the Internet looking at plans and can't find anything that addresses this particular situation - plenty with dens or offices, but nothing where the residents are seriously doing full blown, full time work from home. Anyone seen anything like this? Or do I have to find an architect? Help!