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h Wednesday, OcL 10, 2001 OMPUT H! ! EA How to get the co mputer off your kitchen counter across America and Cana" . corn- trai area of the home, it can easily be con- puters sit i:.~ the oddest places. Ag- the vetted. Face it, those guest linens and old number of wired families and homes con- pillows can be stored elsewhere when tinues to gt'o~: it seems as though we just technology needs space. can" find adequam space for all those The best kind of closet is one with dou- hard drives. They sit on dining room ble sliding doors, like many ranch homes tables, on nightstands and next to toast- have in hallways. ers Foo oRen. teenagers must suffer the Reniove the double doors, and remove indignity of 3dora or Dad popping into the existing shelving. Often a standard their room to do some family accounting work table will fit inside: otherwise on :be home computer, install floor-to-ceiling bracket strips !q,me office space, it seems, is at a pre- along the interior walls. mium. In addition to the computer and That should leave enough space for momtor, many families can't get by with- three or four shelves above the main out also having a printer, scanner and a work area. The old trick of using file cab- good set of speakers as well. Throw in inets as table bases works well here, and some joystick game controls, and there's provides additional storage. A small enough equipment to truly warrant a chair should also fit under the table, separate space dedicated to this essential enabling you to install an accordion-style equipment. But where can it all go? door to block it off when unused. It's likely that there is some undiscov- , While not providing the same amount ered space in the home that is just right of space, a normal storage closet can for a small home office. The key is to work just as well. The important thing for determine what the needs are and where converting any closet to a mini-offme is to the priorities lie. Do you just need get the right amount of power in there, so enough space to store family Files and be sure to use a surge-protector power records and do a little Web crawling? Or strip. will you actually be running a money- Also, if you're one who rarely powers making enterprise from your home-based down their equipment, the doors do offzce? indeed need to stay open, if not taken off. For the former, consider what many It's very important that the heat from the have done.., use a closet. If there is one machines not be allowed to build up. with adequate width and depth, in a cen- Maybe, though, closet space in your Serving Mohawk Valley (Blairsden, Clio & Graeagle) Portola And Surrounding Communities of Cromberg, Sierra Valley and Quincy Need help finding a home to improve or decorate, call us. Residential Commercial Acreage Ranches Golf Course Properties at: Whitehawk Graeagle & Plumas Pines and other new developments. 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When closed,1 work area, with file space to the sides and other well-cl"afted, some small wall shelves on either side of they come in cherr): the central surface. This space needn't woods. But open mere measure more than four feet across by by a series of three feet deep on either side surfaces, plus file Now, to make it seem like a naturalThese units hold part of the room, use the same technique equipment you'll as used in office cubicles everywhere: and most have built-in Screen it off. Decorative room dividers inating the need Ibr and screens can to be found in a number your floor. Of of styles. want one of those You can spend a lot on decorator office chairs to go screens to really raise the design level of piece, but it's your the room, or you can opt for something really feel like Choosing the right Our advantage today is that technolo- gy affords us the ability to create cus- tom-fitted, lightweight, sealable stone countertops to fit any decor and color scheme. 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