KB Home offers buyers custom home offices for the first time

Most home offices are extra bedrooms that are converted into a workspace. But for the first time, one of the biggest residential construction companies in the U.S., KB Home (KBH), will offer dedicated home office construction, the company announced Wednesday morning.

KB Home joins a slew of smaller architects and builders that are custom designing spaces for work-from-home trends. Los Angeles-based architecture firm HKS, Chicago-based design firm Gensler and French-Moroccan architectural design practice Studio Belem are among the firms that have adapted, according to reports.

“The work from home phenomenon was already growing, but COVID accelerated it — and some companies have announced that certain employees can work from home permanently. It changes the dynamic of having to trod into the office every day,” said KB Home CEO Jeff Mezger, adding that the custom-home builder began working on the KB Home Office package in April.

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Bird Streets aerie offers a showcase of design

Built for interior designer Ron Collier, this modern perch in the Hollywood Hills’ Bird Streets was later owned by celebrated art patron Merry Norris, who commissioned Barbara Barry to style the interior during her ownership.

Among Berry’s first design projects in Los Angeles, the residence is museum-like with its gallery walls, high ceilings and sun-drenched rooms. Pocketing doors in the living and dining rooms open directly to a pool deck. Westward views extending as far as the ocean can be observed from the second story, particularly in the master suite and its sitting room.

The details

Location: 1473 Oriole Drive, Los Angeles, 90069

Asking price: $5.995 million

Year built: 1982

Architect: Gus Duffy

Living area: 4,501 square feet, three bedrooms, four bathrooms

Lot size: 7,449 square feet

Features: Gallery walls; high ceilings; skylights; hardwood floors; pocketing doors; formal living and dining rooms; office; master suite with sitting room; office/artist’s

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