My office is a restored house. Over the years we have put a lot of money into restoring it back to its former glory. It is over 100 years old. Outside is a lot of gingerbread that is used for decorative purposes. I had to track down some pieces to use in the restoration. A couple of pieces were crafted by a local craftsman. I use the services of a painter in Morris County NJ who knows how to work with old wood and fine details. I had the outside and the lower floor restored first. The painting was done in a color scheme that really shows off the decorative wood.
The chandelier in the foyer is huge. It is an original piece that was there since the house was built. We restored the rooms back to how they originally were. The office is the parlor room on the lower floor. There is a separate family room, bathroom, dining room and kitchen. My secretary, who is my wife, uses the family room as her office. This house is perfect for my practice. I can see clients every day until I retire, and it will only take some small changes to convert the office space back into a regular residential home. We have almost finished restoring the rooms upstairs. The house requires a lot of painting. We are not using any plastic siding. All of the interior rooms are real plaster as well. The windows are all real wood. No vinyl or aluminum. We kept to the original materials for the restoration.
There is just something grand about painted surfaces. I like seeing painted walls inside and out. I like what you can do with color. I also like the longevity of modern paints and how easy they are to keep clean. The key for us is having all the painting done by a true professional.