Are you tired of long travel times and high gas prices? Maybe it’s time you consider working from home if don’t already. New technologies like Skype make home offices a popular choice. When thinking about designing your ideal home office, you will need to find a dedicated area, separated from family activities, with a lot of storage and light. There are several areas of your home that can be converted into an office, such as your basement or an upstairs spare bedroom. If you plan to or currently work from home there are many things to consider when designing or remodeling your home office.
You are likely to spend a lot of time in this room, so think long and hard on where you locate the room in your house. Distractions are a big issue when working from home so consider a space tucked away from family activities. If you plan to meet clients at home, try to locate the room near a side entrance and make sure to have plenty of private space for meetings.
A Room with a View
Make sure to layout the room so that your desk is near a window. Natural light helps production and is a lot better than staring at a wall. If you choose to add an office in your basement consider allocating some of you budget to adding a window in the room. If that’s not in the budget, hang a nice scenic picture. (I prefer a beach in Hawaii.)
Built-ins for Ample Storage
Most home offices don’t have a lot of area, so utilizing built-in cabinetry will help with space efficiency. Make sure to include under cabinet lighting, file storage, and desktop paper trays to help stay organized.
With the advancements in video conferencing, I suggest adding a dual monitor for continual communication and higher productivity. The ability to keep email and skype on one screen at all times has its advantages.
Add Extra Artificial Light
Adding extra desk lamps or recessed can lighting will cut down on eye strain. Make sure to position the monitor so there is no glare. Having a bright space to work will help in productivity as well.
Consider these tips and how they will affect your productivity when you make the decision to work from home. Creating a space that allows you to be comfortable, yet efficient at the same time, is a worthwhile investment! If you would like to discuss remodeling your home office, contact us. Please comment below if you have any questions or thoughts about remodeling your home office.
Share this Infographic On Your Site