Six Tips to Design a Cool Office

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"Use Light and Space Efficiently"

Architect: Ryan Thewes
Office: Elkins Studio

Ryan Thewes, an architect based in Nashville, Tennessee, designed this home office with efficiency in mind. Choosing the right exposure and maximizing natural sunlight with custom windows requires less lighting, and lowers energy costs. It also “helps you get energized,” Thewes says. In small spaces, Thewes advises built-in desks and bookshelves to maximize the amount of floor space. Freestanding desks and furniture can clutter a small space, and worse, stifle creativity, he believes.