It wasn't long ago that the term "home office" called up images of the den where Mike Brady retreated at night only to be seen when one of the kids popped in for some fatherly advice.
I guess that was a long time ago! Since then, home offices have emerged as one of the most important residential amenities thanks to an uptick in both self-employment and flexible working trends. If you're planning to remodel for a home office, here are a few things to consider:
- Less is more. Plan for less "stuff". Today, technologies don't take up a lot of space with laptops, wireless printers, and cell phones. Gone are the days of deciding where the tower will go.
- Form follows function. Aesthetics and functionality of a home office are high on the priority list. The current demand is to use furniture pieces that allow the ability to move around rather than built-ins.
- Embrace the space. A work space shouldn't be limited to one area. A customized office can utilize all of the space, including walls, corners and floors.
- Location. Location. Location. Never underestimate the importance of placement of your office. The location needs to be versatile and meet some basic considerations, such as privacy. Waking up to the phone ringing at 4:00am from a telemarketer isn't fun. A home office near a front entry works well but if this isn't an option in your home, look for a location that is away from the noise of a kitchen or family room.
- Encourage bright ideas. Proper lighting for a home office is key. This is one area that should not be overlooked. General and task lighting is a must along with natural light from windows.
Whatever the situation, chances are that someone in any household would benefit from having a quiet and comfortable place to finish homework, pay the bills, finalize a proposal, or simply make a few phone calls. Plan your needs and uses for your office, and remember, your imagination is the only limit to what you can do.