COVID-19 has changed the way we work and remote working is guaranteed to stay, which means having a home office that meets your daily needs is more important than ever. When you hire a builder to renovate a home office space and convert it to a regular work space, it’s always a good idea to be well prepared for the process.
So, we’re going to discuss a few things you need to consider before renovating your home to include a dedicated office. We’ll also cover the major points on how you can give your home a flexible space that caters for both living and working.
6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING TO RENOVATE A HOME OFFICE
The layout and design of your home office should reflect your work habits. Here are 6 things to consider when planning to renovate a home office:
The location of the office should reflect your work needs and family dynamic. For example, if work requires peace and quiet, you may want to think about a garage conversion or constructing a small structure in the backyard, separating your work space from the main house. On the other hand, if you need to keep an eye on the kids, you may need a more central location near the kitchen or living room.
Lighting can have a big impact on your mood and productivity. We always suggest to include as much natural light as possible with the ability to block it out when necessary. Whether you add extra windows, install a skylight or install additional artificial lights, your lighting should be bright enough to make you feel alert but not so bright that it causes eye strain.
3. Power Outlets
Think about the devices you use and add at least two additional outlets. Also assume, at some point, you may want to move furniture around in your home office for a different feel/look. You don’t want unsightly extension cables all over the room, cluttering up your beautiful new space.
Hardwood is durable and looks great but tends to be more expensive than tiling or vinyl. There are many floating floorboard options available that can be cost-effective, look great and are just as functional. Carpet is a cosy solution in Winter but more prone to wear and tear, especially if your office chair is on wheels. If your property is older, you may also have perfectly good flooring hiding underneath the existing carpet, in which case, we can remove the carpet then clean, stain and polish the floorboards.
A reliable heating and cooling solution ensures you can keep your home office at a comfortable temperature all year round. If you have ducted air-con, consider installing a vent in the office space and if not, add a reverse cycle air-con unit.
When you spend a lot of time in a room, you really notice the temperature fluctuations. Keeping cool in Summer and warm in Winter quickly becomes a priority. Ideally, your home office should also have a window so you can let the fresh air in.
This is one point that a lot of people forget about before starting a home office renovation. Without proper storage, your home office quickly turns into a cluttered mess and reduces workflow. Avoid this by ensuring your office space has enough built-in shelving, cupboards, drawers and filing cabinets to store everything you need.
2 OPTIONS WHEN BUILDING A DEDICATED HOME OFFICE SPACE
While you can set up office at the dining table or on the couch, you’re always going to be more productive – and more comfortable – working in a purpose-built space. When it comes to building a dedicated space, there are two main options:
1. Home Extension – EXTEND YOUR HOME TO INCLUDE A HOME OFFICE
Adding a new room (or multiple rooms) to your home gives you the opportunity to create your dream workspace while dramatically increasing the value of your property. From material choices to power outlet placements and everything in between, you have full creative control. This allows you the freedom to create an office that’s designed specifically for your exact requirements.
2. House Renovation – TRANSFORM AN EXISTING SPACE
If you have the space, renovating is a stellar way to transform spare or under-used areas of your home into a fully-fledged home office. Home renovations generally cost less than house extensions and can often be completed faster. The tradeoff, of course, is that you’re limited by the dimensions of the existing room. If this is the case, we can remove dividing walls, combining two rooms into one to create a larger space.
SETTING UP YOUR HOME OFFICE
Regardless of whether you opt for a home extension or house renovation, your choice of furnishings can have a big impact on the look and feel of your office. Here are a few tips to maximise the use of your space:
Look for sturdy, spacious desks that complement the aesthetic of your office. Consider a height-adjustable desk. This will allow you to stand or sit when working. Ergonomics are important when you’re stuck in one place for multiple hours. Also, be realistic about your needs – if you’re an admin worker, having a huge desk that takes away storage space or makes your office feel cramped is not worth it in the long run. Having said that, if you’re an architect, for example, you may require a large convertible desk for plans.
Don’t just go for the look when it comes to office chairs. Given that research suggest that a lot of office worker’s have back problems because of their seated posture, it’s important to find a chair that will support your spine, allow for seat, arm and headrest adjustments and encourage ergonomically sound practices. Put simply, comfort should trump style. Every. Single. Time.
A visual to-do list – be it a corkboard, whiteboard, chalkboard or if you’re that way inclined, a dedicated digital monitor with dashboards, notes and to-do’s – is a great way to visualise your goals and keep you on track with deadlines.
We mentioned this earlier but lighting really is a crucial element when setting up your office. Ensure there’s enough overhead lighting to ensure no eye strain. While overhead lighting is usually the best option for a home office, a desk or floor lamp can help focus more light onto a specific area if required.
Don’t be afraid to introduce some personal touches to make the space feel more homely. After all, it is a “home” office and should blend with the rest of your house. Consider things like a rug, some leafy plants, artwork and family photos to give your day-to-day workspace more character. Remember though, don’t overdo it. A cluttered workspace is less conducive to getting things done.
CONTACT THE RENOVATION EXPERTS
If you’ve been thinking about creating a home office, Adesso Building Renovations should be on your list of builders to contact. With more than 20 years of experience, we’ll work with you to create a stylish and functional workspace tailored to your requirements.
Contact us today to discuss your home office plans.