Home Office Remodeling is Growing in Popularity
Home offices are being included in more home remodeling projects. No matter the stage of family life, a home office can help facilitate the family’s lifestyle. Home offices are growing in popularity for varying reasons such as:
- The dual career couple or single working parent who really needs their own space to stay organized.
- The person who does not want to lose family or personal time having to commute daily to work.
- The Mom who wants the freedom of being her own boss and determining her work schedule while raising kids.
- The professional who wants to work for a specific company not in the area, and can show they are ready, and able to work from home.
- The Entrepreneur, network marketer or retiree who wants their own home-based business to work their passion and purpose.
Having a designated workspace in your home will help separate the time for work from the time for home life, which is important for peace and balance. It can help foster efficiency being in a space with a focus of purpose and intention of what you are working on. Here are some tips for setting up your own home office.
- Choose a dedicated location that will help to avoid distractions such as noise or household chores. If you have children at home, they can learn if you are in the office and the door is closed, you are not to be disturbed. This can be changing the use of a spare bedroom, repurposing a formal dining room, enclosing a portion of a patio, reconfiguring a laundry room (and enclosing the washer and dryer in cabinetry so they are out of sight!), or doing an addition or casita.
- Design the space so you will be excited to work there. Include natural light and proper lighting so there are no shadows. If you will be on “video conferences,” situate your layout so what will be seen thru your computer camera in the background looks professional. Have sufficient cabinetry and shelving for your storage needs to avoid clutter. You may want to put in sound deadening walls and a door with a full light glass inset so you can see family and they can see you, but you can minimize the noise of voices, music, or a dog barking. Paint the walls a color you love and hang photos and artwork that inspire you to do your best.
- Think about how you will be using your home office. Will it be used by others to work, or for client or training appointments? How much surface space do you need for work projects? Where should the computer and printer go? Will you have a standing desk? Dual Monitors? Will you need a wall space for tracking activity, goals, results, etc.? If your business grows, could you need to hire an assistant? Plan for possible increase in need and use for the office.
- Plan for convenient locations for electrical, telephone, and cable outlets. Have your surge protector strips easily accessible. You may want your Wi-Fi router on a switch so you can easily shut it off when not in use for security. Keep in mind electronics don’t like static (or heat), and too many hard surfaces create sound reverberation. Will you want a ceiling fan?
If you do not need a home office for daily use, but do want an organized desk station, you may want to utilize a guest bedroom. If guest stays are short, you may want to install a murphy bed so for the bulk of the year it is out of sight, so it looks like an office of a successful professional.
Happy Home Office Remodeling!