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Office Improvements and Some Changes, Too

February 20th, 2014 at 04:05 pm

I don't own my office (I wish I did). I rent from the BEST landlord ever. We've been in the space over 8 years and have only had one minor rent increase. It's way below market value for where it is (right downtown). No one can believe it. Actually, it's below market value for anywhere else in our city, too.

Anyway, it's in an old 50s building (with a butterfly roof - architects love butterfly roofs - and I am not the only architect in the building, actually). A lot of the fittings are from the 50s or 60s. The 50s light fixtures are cool. The kitchen, however, is a disaster. There's a countertop with a sink cutout but the sink was removed and put a foot over, so there's now a wood board over the old hole. I will take a photo for you... it will be a Before photo because the landlord just gave me the okay to put in a new sink and countertop. My office-mate and I will install it, and the landlord will pay for everything. I'm so excited!

That's an improvement. Here's the change... The office has an itsy bitsy kitchen, teeny tiny bathroom, two small offices, a storage room and a large area where the conference table is. In the large area, there is an extra desk that I've wanted to rent out, but no one has been interested mainly because it would be more of a drop-in situation and wouldn't come with a parking space. But I'm only asking $75 a month. That's a great price! Includes internet!

My office-mate just told me that due to finances he can't keep renting one of the small offices, but that he would take that desk! That is great news! Now I just have to rent the small office.

I started by calling friends, and the first friend I called (my first choice!) said she might be interested. I would love to have her. And the three of us would be a great combo. She's an architect, too. Cross your fingers for me!

And I promise I will post photos of the kitchen before and after. It can't be any worse than it is now. Seriously.

2 Responses to “Office Improvements and Some Changes, Too”

  1. snafu Says:

    Wonder...does office mate know the desk space doesn't come with a parking space? Is it likely 1st choice friend would need/want a parking space?

    Looking forward to your before and after office kitchen photos.

  2. Buendia Says:

    Snafu, that's the best part - current office mate wants a sort of drop-in situation, and he usually rides his bike. There are a few empty spaces in the lot, but they're not always available. There is ample street parking if you drive your car and can't find a space in the lot; you'd have to pay $1/hr for parking. That would be a snow or bad weather situation. So it's really ideal! First choice friend would need the parking spot. I so hope she says yes.

    I'm going to Home Depot this weekend - so excited to have a new less horrible kitchen!

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