Office/Study, Shop, Workshop/Studio, Consulting room, Public passing trade, Public appointment, Equal Status, Live-nearby, Employees, Front and rear, Large
In this case the box is self contained, with its own toilet and mini kitchen, and a separate entrance from a mews at the back. The scenario envisaged is that a business – a design practice, perhaps – has been conducted successfully in the workbox for a number of years but has recently expanded and needs more space. The family that runs the business has therefore moved to a different house out of town, brought the business into the main house, and converted the workbox into a small dwelling for occasional or weekday use – a ‘homebox’.
This reversal of the normal work/home relationship has the effect of raising the profile of the expanded business, giving it a frontage on the main street with opportunities for display to passers-by. Half of the first floor of the main house has been removed to create a double height studio space.