Love it or hate it, thanks to COVID-19 remote working is here to stay - and that means having a functional home office has never been more important.
Here at MyHome Renovations, we pride ourselves to be Auckland’s trusted renovation experts. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss what you need to consider before setting up a home office and how you can transform your home into a flexible living and working space.
6 things to consider when planning a home office
The design of your home office should reflect your work habits. Here are a few things to consider when planning a home office:
- Location: 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 new outbuilding. 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: Lighting can have a big impact on your mood and productivity. Whether you want to add extra windows, install a skylight or set up more artificial lights, your lighting should be bright enough to make you feel alert but not so bright that it causes eye strain.
- Power outlets: Make sure your home office has enough power outlets to accommodate all your devices. Installing additional power outlets - perhaps with integrated USB sockets - will ensure you’re well connected, both now and in the future.
- Flooring: Your choice of flooring material depends on your workspace requirements and design tastes. Hardwood is durable and looks great but tends to be more expensive than tiling and vinyl. Carpet is a cosy solution, but more prone to wear and tear especially if your office chair is on wheels.
- Temperature: A reliable heating and cooling solution ensures you can keep your home office at a comfortable temperature all year round. Ideally, your home office should also have a window so you can let in fresh air.
- Storage: Inadequate storage leads to clutter and inefficient workflows. Avoid these issues by ensuring your office space has enough shelves, cupboards, drawers and filing cabinets to store all your equipment. Everyone has different needs in this area so it’s worth considering having bespoke office cabinetry designed and built for your specific space.
Building a dedicated 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. There are two main options for creating a dedicated office space:
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, giving you the freedom to create an office tailored to your exact requirements.
2. House renovation: Transform an existing space
Renovating is an excellent way to transform spare or under-utilised spaces into a functional home office. Home renovations generally cost much less than house extensions and can be completed faster. The tradeoff, of course, is that you’re limited by the dimensions of the existing room, unless you want to explore more comprehensive remodelling.
Setting up your 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:
- Desk: Look for sturdy, spacious desks that complement the aesthetic of your office. Be realistic about your needs - there’s no point having a huge desk if you can work in a contained area without feeling cramped.
- Chair: Comfort trumps style when it comes to office chairs. Look for ergonomically designed chairs with good back support and controls for adjusting the seat and backrest.
- Noticeboard: A physical to-do list - be it a corkboard, whiteboard, or chalkboard - is a great way to visualise your goals and keep you on track with deadlines.
- Lamps: While overhead lighting is usually the best option for office work, a desk lamp or floor lamp can help focus more light onto a specific area if required.
- Personal touches: Don’t be afraid to introduce some personal touches to make the space feel more homely. A rug, some leafy plants, artwork and photos can help give the space some character without making it feel cluttered or unprofessional.
Contact the house renovation experts
If you’re interested in creating a home office, MyHome Renovations is here to help. Backed by more than 20 years of experience as Auckland’s trusted renovation experts , we’ll work with you every step of the way to create a stylish and functional workspace tailored to your requirements.
Contact us today to discuss your home office plans.
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