Builders can be the very best resource when it comes to installing a real home office. For those who actually work out of the house, and for those who have children that will be using the space for homework, the layout and functionality can make the difference in wanting to be in the space or dreading it. The difference in productivity can be considerable when it comes to both the form and function of the design of your home office. With the world becoming increasingly smaller through digital communication, there is a rise in the number of hours people are able to work from home. Of course, when designed properly it becomes a welcoming place for keeping up with home finances, functioning as a home-based business, or even providing a secluded place to retreat and focus.
Where to start with the builders
The first determination to be shared with your builders is who will be using the space and for how long each day. If more than one person will be occupying the space at a time, then that changes the way that things are spaced. Along that same line of thinking is the number of devices that will be used in the space and having adequate lighting and electrical outlets to support their use. Consider also the other business equipment that may be needed in the space. Will there be a need for a fax machine or a separate phone line? Will additional counter space be needed to accommodate for workstations that can fit both a stationary computer alongside a laptop? Will the counters have to be high enough as to fit file cabinets below? All these factors must be considered in the design by your builders.
Other home office considerations
Have you considered your need for wall shelving? Will you need to be able to easily access things on the shelf while working? Will you need quite a bit or just a few shelves? Knowing precisely where the electronics and devices will be located allows your builder to hide cables and electrical connections behind walls so just a small cable or electrical outlet strip will show upon completion. Also, consider what flooring covering you desire. You will likely have at least one or two office chairs on rollers will you use a commercial grade low pile carpet, or a wooden or vinyl option? You’ll want to ensure that your design encompasses your current needs, but contains functionality you may need in the future, as well. What sort of home office furniture will you use in the space?
You’ll want to discuss with your builders what type of furniture you are going to need
This will help them to allocate enough space to fit the furniture that will support your home office’s function. For those with many hours to be spent in the space, investing in an ergonomic chair or chairs is wise. Will you want countertops, desks, or a computer armoire that allows you the option of closing the doors to keep computers and keyboards out of sight? There are so many options that your builders can offer you to ensure that your home office is the best room in the house for productivity, concentration, and quiet privacy.