The best place for a home laptop

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The dilemma of most families living in existing homes is where to put the laptop computer, the stack of mail, the endless bills, the home base for the cordless phone, and, of course, the car keys.

Modern home design designates a room much smaller than a traditional den to perform all of these important family functions. The home computer niche is best located near the kitchen and garage mud room area. This computer area has a half-wall to hide the inevitable mess from the kitchen breakfast area of this model home.

Lower cabinets house file drawers for tax statements and organizing documents. The upper cabinets can hold printer paper, the phone book, and office supplies.

The central bulletin board is for reminders of all kinds, including the grocery list and the dental appointment. The cubbies are for mail and bill sorting, perhaps one for each family member. The arched display openings above add a little style and form to this very functional room.

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