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There are benefits to having your business office in the same location as your workshop. It’s nice to discuss projects with clients in the comfort of a well-organized office, then slip into the production facility to show off the custom cabinets that are almost ready to ship to the job site. On the downside, trying to communicate over the scream of power tools can be impossible. But there’s no need to shout: You can create a quiet attached office with a modest investment, as we found out. Design Challenge Our situation is somewhat unusual, as the office-shop combination is located in an institutional building. But the sound-control strategy we used would work for many structures. We began with an open workshop area