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Old 09-23-2007, 04:57 PM
 
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Would you buy a house that didn't have a study? Is the dining room more important for resale than a study? Anyone?
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:29 PM
 
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Would you buy a house that didn't have a study? Is the dining room more important for resale than a study? Anyone?
Hopefully you can get a useful consensus, but OTOH you may find that the demographics represented by the board members may skew the answer towards "it is important" or a "must have." Also, the market segment the house is in, i.e. starter home (maybe not imp.), or a family home for 2-4 children, etc, may determine the value that one of the parents will place on an area that is off limits, like my study is to my two girls. I really would not want to have my computer, and all of its associated accessories out in a loft, or computer niche.

Also, and I never would have guessed this in my younger years, but it is the only place I can listen to my Led Zepplin, and Smashing Pumkins, and Circle J%^ks, and Uniform Choice, and all my other music that I have converted to MP3's from my various music phases. Of course I can no longer listen to the songs at "proper volume" anymore, study or no study, because it will cause more hearing loss.

If you are asking the question, I suspect you may be wanting to be talked out of what you think may be a small mistake. I am close? If so, there are enough homes in Austin with a study that you may want to keep looking.

Or, do it CA style, and just take over one of the bedrooms!
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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As everyone gets rid of their desktop PCs and moves to laptops with wireless internet, studies will become less and less important. I have my wireless modem and printer set up in our laundry room since we have a very large counter space in there. Works perfectly for us. Our study is basically to store my Frank Kozik gig poster collection, books, and an extra TV since the wife won't let me put the Xbox 360 in the living room.
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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As everyone gets rid of their desktop PCs and moves to laptops with wireless internet, studies will become less and less important. I have my wireless modem and printer set up in our laundry room since we have a very large counter space in there. Works perfectly for us. Our study is basically to store my Frank Kozik gig poster collection, books, and an extra TV since the wife won't let me put the Xbox 360 in the living room.
Great answer! There is a room that can be used for a study, there just isn't an official "study". I figure it's just another room to furnish.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:54 AM
 
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We have a study in our house, but it has become the 'plant room', because of the really great light it gets. It has a popason (sp?) chair that usually ends up being the place we talk on the phone or read. Actually, I think the original intent was that this room was the formal dinning, but in my circle of friends, I know of very few people that actually furnish a formal dinning room anymore. At our wedding, we did not register for formal china/stemware, and I think that is more of the trend these days. OTOH, who knows...maybe in 10 years EVERYONE will be wanting dinning rooms again.

Anyway, I think you have nailed it regarding 'official' rooms. You may lose some specific functionality, but when you are talking resale, you may broaden your target market by have a more versatile design as opposed to increasing the value for a specific segement of the market by having a certain feature (a study, in this case).
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