Whether the majority of your time is spent working from a home office or you just need a place to escape and pay the bills, a dedicated home office can be an excellent space to get work done. Building the perfect home office is always easiest with custom home construction, however if you’re considering home renovations, or building a home addition, the same ideas can apply. Following are a few things to consider when planning how to most effectively build your home office.
You’re going to need privacy for phone calls and to concentrate on work. If possible, plan for your home office to be as separated from the busiest part of the house as possible. Ideally your office would not be located by the kitchen or family room. Also, consider the option of completely isolating your space from the rest of the home. Don’t use part of an open floor to set up a desk. Instead, build or repurpose an existing room with a seperate door. Another option is to construct a separate home office that’s detached from the main house. In this case you’ll want to consult with town zoning, as building regulations will vary from town to town. Greenwich will have different zoning laws than Westport, for example.
If you’re going to be the only person in the home for a good portion of each day then you’ll want to consider the value of zoned heating. When building out your home office it would be ideal to have a separate heat zone that can be activated, along with select key parts of the house, for daily working.
When laying out your home office with a home builder or architect, you’ll want to consider the placement of your desk and equipment. Power sources and cable hookups (for web) should be placed to provide easy access to your workstation. Skip the television connections, however. Although tempting, a TV can provide major distractions. You’ll also want to consider a customized lighting scheme. The appropriate lighting scheme has the ability to provide enough light in the right spots to augment natural sunlight and provide sufficient light in the evening.
Storage and Workspace
Clutter can effect productivity and make you feel cramped, especially in a home office. Plan ahead to determine how much storage, filing and workspace you’ll need to accommodate your equipment, literature and supplies. Custom bookshelves and storage cabinets look great and are often a popular resale item.
Kelly M. Wright
Wright Building Company