Of course, that's assuming there's such a thing as a "regular schedule" anymore. Considering the 24/7, hyper-connected world in which we live, the days of 9 to 5 are long over. More and more people work nights and weekends, on the go and from home...at least part of the time.
This is why having an at-home work space that's conducive to actual work is so important. Below you'll find some tips for creating that space along with a recent home office renovation we worked on.
Home Office Ideas: 4 Tips
1. Make sure you can close the door. Working from the kitchen table is fine every now and then, but you should have a space with a door you can close. A closed door not only helps you concentrate and diminish disruptions, but it will also help when you're not working. Remember the adage: out of sight, out of mind.
2. Think about aesthetics as much as function. Sure, you need a home office that's functional, meaning you can easily set up a desk, files, and so forth, but you also want to design a space that's comfortable and inviting. Working with a design/build firm can make a lot of sense since the firm will help you maximize your space, but also make it comfortable for you.
3. Don't forget to add your point of view to the mix. This is your home first and foremost, not an office building filled with a maze of cubes. Take advantage of the fact you own it, and truly make the space your own by adding your personality throughout your office and bringing in some of the design elements you use elsewhere in your house. You can accomplish this in a variety of ways, from the layout itself to the artwork you hang on the wall to the furniture you choose.
For example, maybe you love the look and feel of antiques, so in addition to a standard desk for your computer and phone, you might also have a nineteenth century roll-top desk on the other side of the office where you pen correspondence, brainstorm, or review work with a cup of tea.
4. Consider ergonomics. Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as "a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely." Because we spend so much time in the office, whether at work or at home, it's important to think about creating an area that won't have a negative effect on your physical and mental health.
Again, working with the right professionals (from design/build firms to interior designers who help you select furniture) can go a long way in making sure you have an ergonomically sound home office.
Home Office Renovation Pics
The owner of this house recently moved her office back home. While the original space used to have a partition separating the room from the hall, it was removed at some point. When the owner decided to use the space for a home office, she contacted Hebert Design/Build for assistance. The results are below.
As we mentioned in the article above, being able to close the door to your home office is critical. We made this happen for the homeowner...and did so in style.
If you have a design/build project in Rhode Island or southeastern CT or Mass, get in touch.