Not Your Typical Study

By Marni McEntee | Photographed by Shanna Wolf

When Katie Butman and her husband brainstormed about what their home office would be, they decided to create a “Time-Out Room where the adult children can go when they are getting out of line,” Butman jokes. “The name just stuck.”

The bright room in the Middleton home has indeed become something for everyone. “It gets constant and continual use; our adult children actually do use it for a time-out space,” closing both sets of French doors to work, says Butman.

It’s also a warm nook where family members can retreat for private conversations, and a playroom for board and card games with the grandkids.

The home was built in 2017 by RT Thomas Design and Construction in a project led by Tom Noonan. Laurie Lodholz at Laurie Driscoll Interiors conceived the shelf storage nooks, the window seat and using the family kitchen table as a desk.

Butman says the couple met with a number of builders and designers before they hired Noonan and Lodholz. “If you aren’t looking forward to endless meetings and phone calls, you aren’t working with the right people.”

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