Build a Home Office That Works for Youby Mark Courts on 01/11/20
Establishing a workspace will help you to segment that area of your life off from the rest of your day-to-day activities. Whether you use an entire room, a reading nook such as a window seat with a table or desk, or even a fold-down desk in the laundry room, your home office does not have to be big or small to be functional. Even floating shelves on an open, clear wall or the corner of a room can add just enough organization and space for a highly-functional space.
Keep in mind, however, that if you do have a large space, you also do not need to fill every corner with decor. Sometimes, having a clean and minimalistic space is enough to help motivate you through work. Keeping everything in its place will alleviate stress as well. Privacy may help some to focus, and painting the room a favorite color can make the space a place you want to go each day for others. However you customize your space, just remember that it should reflect form and function that best suits your needs and personality.
Rebuild or Add-On
If your home is already tight and you need more space than simply placing a workspace on a wall or in the laundry room, consider adding on or rebuilding a room. For some homes, it is possible to hire a contractor to add a structural element or two, such as a wall that can divide one large room into two smaller rooms -- one of which can become your home office. For many, however, adding on would be the better option of the two.
Consider adding on a sunroom or an enclosed porch that can double as a home office too. Another option is an extension near the back door that includes a small room for a home office and a mudroom. If you do plan to rebuild or add-on, be sure to work with an architect and contractor who understands your vision and can help you implement the things you want-including additional windows and skylights. Such additions may even add value to your home, which can increase the selling price in the future.
Expand in a New Home
Should you find that there simply is not enough room to incorporate your home office into an existing space or the will to add on, then opt to expand in a new home. Sometimes, buying a new home -- especially if you were already looking -- makes more sense for growing your home business. Remember to consider what you can realistically afford and get pre-approved for a loan. Try searching online for a property or hire a real estate agent that understands exactly what you are looking for in a new home.
However you decide to build or design your home office, it's important to stay within your budget -- even if it is an investment. Remember to make the office appealing yet functional and a place to be productive every day. With minor adjustments and the right organizational outfit, any nook in your current or future home can become a home office that works for you.
Tina Martin, the creator of Ideaspired, stays busy as a life coach and works hard to help herself and her clients achieve a healthy work-life balance.