A Home Office That Does Double Duty

by hookedonhouses on August 3, 2010

office closeup

A reader named Kevin sent me this photo from the real estate listings as an example of homeowners who tried a little too hard to make use of every square inch in their house. Sure, it comes with a home office. Too bad it doubles as the master bath:

bathroom office

How would you caption this listing?

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Nadia August 3, 2010 at 8:22 am

Don’t take your ” personal” life to work with you…

Tabitha August 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

Try not to have a CRAPY day at the office dear!!

Janet August 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

…just when you think you’ve seen everything..
.-= Janet´s last blog ..Muted Color =-.

Abigail Prescott August 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

Take a break from your paperwork to do a little paperwork.

Deb August 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

Wow, just……WOW.
.-= Deb´s last blog ..New kitchen lights! =-.

Desiree August 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

A place to get ALL your paperwork done!
.-= Desiree´s last blog ..Sunset Dream Remodel-Living Large in Small Space =-.

Catherine August 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

Well, you know…we don’t want to get too far away from out computers!!!
.-= Catherine´s last blog ..Trapped =-.

DesignTies August 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

A home office that does double doodie 😉

.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..I’ll be doing this again Very Soon! =-.

Dean August 3, 2010 at 10:06 am


Linda August 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

Now that is funny!

Penny August 3, 2010 at 8:41 am

We Recycle!
.-= Penny´s last blog ..Self checking =-.

Karena August 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

Julia, this is really hilarious. I can just see the buyers jaws dropping….and what realtor would go along with this wacky plan!?

Art by Karena
.-= Karena´s last blog ..Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne &amp Giveaway =-.

Polly Blair August 3, 2010 at 8:43 am

“Dual ‘doodie’ (duty) paperwork. :)

Gives a whole new meaning to paperwork.

“Now not honey, mommy’s at work – uh – on the potty -uh – I mean at work……”‘

“Let’s have a potty (party) at work!”
.-= Polly Blair´s last blog ..Easy Peasy Project Alert – Tin Can Seed Starters =-.

Kara August 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

Mutitask! Don’t flush your work productivity.

Beth August 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

They do realise that the paper will jam in the printer because of the moisture in that room, don’t they?
I guess they can have paper jams in both areas?!
.-= Beth´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesdays – August 3 =-.

Carmen @ The Decorating Diva.com August 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

I’m just floored by this – who seriously thought this would be a good idea? I want to cry-it’s so desperately wrong.

OTH, could be the ultimate man room by adding a rack of sports magazine, snack/drink bar and a jumbo flatscreen programed to ESPN…
.-= Carmen @ The Decorating Diva.com´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

Teresa August 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Man room! Awesome idea!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad August 3, 2010 at 8:47 am

There are no words.
.-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Flea Market Observations and Regrets =-.

ELISE August 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

Saving Time and Gaining Space ~ Taking” Reading on the John” to the Next Level
.-= ELISE´s last blog ..I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends =-.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile August 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

This unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say! But it made me laugh out loud…
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Q&ampA- Using big- bold patterns in design =-.

jennifer black August 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

This post, and the comments above, crack me up. How about …

Has multi-tasking got you in the dumps? 😉

Thanks for the laugh (or should we cry?),
.-= jennifer black´s last blog ..We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Broadcast =-.

laura August 3, 2010 at 9:27 am

That is really funny. When we were house hunting in our new city we saw so many crazy things. This was before I knew about your blog or I would have taken a lot of pictures. The one house we looked at had converted the garage into a dark and creepy master bedroom but had left large windows on the one side and that is where they built a new garage. So when someone opened the garage door and drove in they were looking right into the master dungeon. We will never forget this odd house only wish we had pictures to share.
.-= laura´s last blog ..Amazing giveaway =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints August 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

Nooooooo!!! That’s just messed up.
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..journey girl =-.

Pat August 3, 2010 at 9:38 am

Does it come with a can of Lysol spray? I wonder where meetings are held?
What a strange set up…and strange space in a bathroom.
.-= Pat´s last blog ..One Mans Trashcan =-.

Anna See August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

Craptastic Home Office!

Janell Beals August 3, 2010 at 9:50 am

This post is getting the best caption suggestions…very funny, but pretty disgusting. I could not get any creative work done here! Janell
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..The Start Of The Hall Bath Redesign =-.

melissa @ the inspired room August 3, 2010 at 9:52 am

Taking care of business.

Oh wow.
.-= melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog ..How to Paint Furniture tips- tools &amp finding the perfect piece =-.

Samantha August 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

This one’s got my vote!
.-= Samantha´s last blog ..Job update! =-.

Lisa T. August 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

Best caption so far!

And what is up with the portable radiator and the window AC unit? Obviously no central heating and air.

Sharon @Elizabeth & Co. August 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

Ok, this is just wrong!

Tricia Rose August 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

“Just sit down Mr Brown – oh, yes, over there! I’ll be with you in a minute.”
.-= Tricia Rose´s last blog ..The Fence- TaDa! =-.

Lisa Itatani August 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

Wow, I’ve never seen anything like that before. The first thing I thought was a guy must own the house to have his office next to the toilet.
.-= Lisa Itatani´s last blog ..New Beginner Classes =-.

Dean August 3, 2010 at 10:12 am

I keep thinking about how my Dad announced his retreat to the bathroom with reading material in tow: “I’ll be in the office, because the paperwork never gets done you know.”

This has got to be one of the strangest things I’ve seen.
Julia: Any idea what part of the world this comes from?

hookedonhouses August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

Funny! It gives the “I’ll be in the office” statement whole new meaning.

A reader sent me this photo a few months ago and if he told me where it came from, I can’t remember. Sorry!

Chrissy Runciman August 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

NO, you see, we moved the bath into the office, as you do, right? Then we had all this great space in the bathroom! So you can see the natural progression can’t you? Can’t you? CAN’T YOU!!!!

deanne August 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

optimal work flow
.-= deanne´s last blog ..AKA – Boogie Boarding Week =-.

Pascale Steig August 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

…We mean business here…ANY business.
.-= Pascale Steig´s last blog ..Remodeling by Intuition 07-02-10 =-.

Jano August 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

Retirement investing has been in the toilet lately.

Krystina Montemurro August 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

“Joe did you get the TP report?” Ha ha! We had a huge bathroom at one point – it makes you want to use the space WISELY!!!
.-= Krystina Montemurro´s last blog ..Giveaways Hello! =-.

LuxuriousLife August 3, 2010 at 10:39 am

Taking multi tasking to a whole new level!!!
.-= LuxuriousLife´s last blog ..Bed Pillows and Wine Glasses =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now August 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

“Do some business while you do your business.”

Holy moley…this one is bad!!! Thank you for the big laugh today, Miss Julia! :)
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Thrifty Treasures- Dresses for Less =-.

Pat Smith August 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

Duty calls.
.-= Pat Smith´s last blog ..Diving Season =-.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK August 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

Julia, you post the greatest stuff! This is beyond hysterical. I can’t stop laughing!
.-= FROM THE RIGHT BANK´s last blog ..Ultimate Wish List Item- Beni Ouarain Rug =-.

Erin August 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

Brings a whole new meaning to multi-tasking.
.-= Erin´s last blog ..Summer vacation- Over =-.

Debbie August 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

Port-o-office; for the executive on the “go”.

Or: Some shit went down in the office today.

Or: The “head”-master’s office; where no one knows what tactics are used to flush out creative genius.

Sean August 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

Reminds me of the setup we had when I was growing up -My pop took out the garden tub from the master bath and converted it to my younger brothers room, creating “walls” with a few bookshelves, but you had to pass through rest of the bathroom to get to it – fortunalty for my brother, this only lasted till my older brother moved out – I can only imagine what people thought!

pattie and allie August 3, 2010 at 11:34 am

OH. MY. G**. There are no words
xoxo Pattie
.-= pattie and allie´s last blog ..Meatless Monday!! Timbales- Baby Artichokes and a Wonderful Eggplant Spread =-.

Bre August 3, 2010 at 11:50 am

Multitasking at it’s finest, check out that tile work!

haha! Ok now this is just too too much! Honestly, what are people thinking? I think the real selling point of the home is another bathroom, not the “home office.” Yuck.
.-= Bre´s last blog ..Take it Off =-.

Ms. Pearl August 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

.-= Ms. Pearl´s last blog ..Dumbarton Oaks- part II =-.

Lauren August 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Oh noooo!!!! I think someone tried to rent me something very similar during university days. No wait – that was the dining room-cum-bedroom-cum-entry way. Holy hell.
.-= Lauren´s last blog ..My flipping background =-.

Nichole August 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm

“The room for all kinds of business!”
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..When Is There Too Much Green =-.

gena August 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Good Golly – that made me literally LOL ! Crazy stuff – talk about multi tasking ~~~

thanks for the giggles !
.-= gena´s last blog ..The Ultimate Metamorphosis Monday =-.

Alex August 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

My guess is this was a Master Bath addition. They left a space a one end for an glider or treadmill but then got sick of doing work at the kitchen table. As disturbing as it may be to take client calls while nature calls, I am more freaked by the idea that this room is (without a doubt) badly insulated. All those knick-knack shelves go directly to exterior walls, the room is heated by a roll-about space heater and cooled with a little window unit that has been placed through the wall. The acoustics in the room may be great for singing in the shower, but for work? I won’t be asking to use his telephone…..
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Outdoor Living Space- Day Seven =-.

Cheri@IHeartOldHouses August 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hilarious! I want my own private office, too, but not that badly…
.-= Cheri@IHeartOldHouses´s last blog ..Traditional Ikea =-.

Struggler August 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm

They listed the house like this? I’m speechless!
.-= Struggler´s last blog ..Stylish Careers I Somehow Missed =-.

amber August 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm

.-= amber´s last blog ..jamie drake1 by cocokelley =-.

Kim August 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

This is too funny! Just think if the wife had to go to the bathroom while the husband’s on the computer? “I hope I’m not disturbing you honey”. This should be on one of those bad design mistakes list.

Nita August 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

No, that was not a toilet flush you heard in the background, sir.

Lisa August 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

A double duty (doodie) space.

Nadia August 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm


Jenny at Henrietta's House August 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Add a microwave and you’ll never have to leave this room!
.-= Jenny at Henrietta’s House´s last blog ..Tree Stump Side Table =-.

Shelly Joseph August 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I’m laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes.. I was thinking of a little fridge like the ones you see in hotel rooms!!! Oh my this is too too funny

Darla August 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I’d probably label it office crap, but I’m not one to be politically correct.

kim August 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm

double doody?

Kathie August 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm

The office of Waste Management

linda@LimeintheCoconut August 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm


Whiz while you Biz
flow- charting
Time management tool…..

.-= linda@LimeintheCoconut´s last blog ..Or…perhaps…this =-.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com August 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Wow. They really must have been hard up for space. Wouldn’t their papers get moldy?
.-= Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com´s last blog ..Yackety-yak- Fairy Tales =-.

stuccohouse August 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I am sitting here laughing out loud. Just when you think you have seen it all…..
.-= stuccohouse´s last blog ..More Pieces to the Puzzle =-.

Richella at Imparting Grace August 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Oh, my word. That is hysterical! Of course, think of all the time you’d save when you need to take a potty break. . . no long trip down the hall!
.-= Richella at Imparting Grace´s last blog ..Easy AND delicious =-.

Our Nifty Notebook August 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

That is hilarious! The humidity in a bathroom would be terrible for computer items!
.-= Our Nifty Notebook´s last blog ..Not Back To School Blog Hop =-.

Suzann August 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

That’s just wrong on so many levels.
.-= Suzann´s last blog ..A Story in a Photograph =-.

Hailey Erickson August 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

“Oh Shit…”
.-= Hailey Erickson´s last blog ..And Now…The Muffins =-.

Papa August 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Always ready to go!

Beatrice August 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm

“…Its a wrap!” That about covers it…
Unbelievably hilarious…Your the best host Julia

Tracy F. August 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

.-= Tracy F.´s last blog ..TUESDAY THOUGHT =-.

Susan August 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Multitasking, gone awry…
“Great talking with you, Boss…and I’ll e-mail that report over to you by the end of the day. Flushing sound? Uh, no…don’t know what you are talking about…didn’t hear a thing.”
.-= Susan´s last blog ..12 Fresh Alternatives to the Carpeted Staircase =-.

Holley August 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm

“Ever conscious of his carbon footprint, Aaron decided this was better than adult diapers.”

“George felt Martha’s internet addictions had gone too far, but he didn’t know how–or when– to mention it.”

“Alice knew Gregory was taking potty training Greg Jr. too seriously when he introduced spreadsheets and multi-media presentations as motivational tools.”
.-= Holley´s last blog ..Everything is new =-.

Bobbi August 4, 2010 at 5:23 am

You’ll never have to run to the bathroom again! lol

pamgalloway August 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

“Honey, we’re out of paper again!”

“No bums allowed. I’m trying to get some work done here.”

amisare waswerebeen August 4, 2010 at 11:21 am

Mary knew that the kids’ internet gaming had gone too far when they set up shop in the bathroom and started calling in their dinner requests.
.-= amisare waswerebeen´s last blog ..Lest you think Im dead =-.

Shelly Joseph August 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

this is so a teenage boys dream…

Heather Ward August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

“Just doing my business…”

Elleby August 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Darn, someone beat me to it: “Do your business and do your business.”

“You should see the conference room.”

THANK YOU for the laughs! :)

Kim August 5, 2010 at 2:52 am

Don’t shit where you eat; shit where you work!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish August 5, 2010 at 5:07 am

There are no words – the person who said Double “Doodie” wins it for me! That made me snicker like a sixth grader!
.-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..An Exorcisim Or How to Get Paint off Brick =-.

Joyce Ackley August 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

Fit for a King! A throne in the office makes everything come out better!

Andrea August 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

.-= Andrea´s last blog ..Pasta e Fagioli pasta with beans =-.

Kristine August 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

How about…”Please hold”

I loved the Double Doodie comment as well.
.-= Kristine´s last blog ..Easy Button =-.

Sophie August 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

“With this dual-function room, the height of upcoming interior trends, you can now do business while your do your business!”

Grace August 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm


Handy Man, Crafty Woman August 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

ewwwwwwwwww no, I think not. We’ve looked at several houses in our house searches, and have seen some ODD stuff…but nothing like that!
.-= Handy Man, Crafty Woman´s last blog ..Men and Their Tools =-.

Ray October 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

The Home with the Phone in the Throne.

Anna .S November 19, 2010 at 8:38 am

Not too sure on this, I was hoping it was a fake snapshot. Certainly original I’ve never seen anything this nutty before.

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