Remodeling Tips

Build the Perfect Home Office

In the 21st century, more and more people are finding themselves working remotely or from home. With available technology, especially highspeed internet, many people are finding that their home is now their workplace.

This can be a great fit for many people. However, others thrive in an office space. The best way to merge both sides is to create a home office.

For some homeowners, adding an office can be as simple as adding a desk and computer to a room. For others, a completely new space may be required. Here are a few things to keep in mind when setting up a home office for the first time.

Location

For a lot of homeowners, you may only have one or two spaces that will work as an office. However, if you have a choice, it’s important to pick the right location. Location is key; if you find yourself surrounded by bustling activity, you may not get enough work done. A quiet corner room makes a great location.

Conversion

Many people who work from home convert a spare room into an office. Again, it’s important to make sure that it’s in a part of the house that will allow you to complete the work in peace.
Take detailed measurements of your equipment and furnishings prior to converting a room. Sometimes a side room appears bigger than it actually is, and you find yourself quite compressed when your computer and desk are moved in.

Addition

If working from home is a serious, and likely permanent position for you, an addition may be in order. If the space isn’t readily available, it may just have to be made. It’s important to weigh the costs of such an endeavor and get an expert opinion. Regardless, an office is what you make of it, and can be as large (or small) as you need.

Lighting

Proper lighting is important when working from a home office. Some lighting may be insufficient if the room previously went largely unused. Adding more light could be as simple as adding a desk lamp or higher-quality bulbs in your overhead. Again, your office should fit you and your work needs.

Working from home is a great option for many, and with the right home office, can be a happy and productive experience.

About the Author - Neal Kerschner

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