Learn How To Design a Relaxed But Productive Home Office Addition
If you’re going to be working from home indefinitely, it might be time to start thinking about a home office addition. Especially if your partner and/or children are also working from home, you may be having trouble finding a quiet place to sort your thoughts and be productive. Getting your own space is often the best solution.
Getting a home office addition doesn’t have to be really expensive, either. In fact, most additions can be done for a very small budget with careful planning. Designing the space to be as productive as possible is key, but you also have to make sure that you don’t feel cramped or tense while you’re in the space. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Carefully consider what you touch in the course of a day.
At your current work station, what do you actually touch every day? If you think about it hard enough, you might realize that you touch less than half the objects on your desk on a daily basis. In fact, you might go days or weeks without needing some objects. If those objects are nearest to hand, that means the stuff you really need is harder to get to. If you’re not really sure what you might be using the most, experiment by marking objects as you touch them. At the end of the day, you’ll have a good idea of what tools you really need to be efficient.
Invest in some high utility furnishings.
There are a lot of great home office solutions out there that make your workspace super-efficient without using a lot of space or extra organizers. Some things in your office just aren’t needed on a regular basis and don’t need to be taking up space in the main part of the room. For example, you might stash a printer that gets used once a month inside a cabinet that doubles as your coffee station.
Top efficiency means moving as little as possible.
While it is important to take breaks and move around as frequently as you can when you are working, the fewer movements you make, the more efficient you will be. When everything you need is within easy reach and everything has a specific place, it will be very easy to work quickly and effectively without feeling overwhelmed.
Give yourself some flexibility.
Even though you’re trying to keep your addition and budget small, don’t short change yourself. Your home office addition has to be big enough that you can feel relaxed. When you’re under stress, it hurts your work performance, your family life, and your own mental health. Make a corner of the office a little rest area, maybe an overstuffed chair and a bookshelf. If you need ideas for keeping your home office highly functional and productive, contact us today for examples of previous room additions.
Complete Your Room Addition Theme Without Getting Behind Schedule
Are you on a tight schedule to get your room addition completed? Whether you need the space for an office or your family is just outgrowing your home, there are a lot of reasons you might be in a hurry to get it finished. Often, the need for a room addition is present for months or even years before it is actually scheduled, making it an immediate need.
But just because you are in a hurry to get the room done, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun designing your room addition. A full-service remodeling company will handle everything from the framing to the finishing speck of paint or last driven nail. That means that if you want to save time, you should have a theme picked out and ready to go when you schedule.
Of course, if you’ve been considering this addition for some time, you may already have the perfect theme in mind, even if you haven’t hashed out all the details. Now is the time to make sure that the theme will still work for you, pick colors, decide on walls and flooring, and more.
One of the best things you can do with your room addition design is the strategic placement of windows. A room addition being constructed for a purpose probably also has a logical furniture layout. If you know what the room will look like when it is finished and put together, you might be able to strategically place the windows. Doing so may allow you to have better natural lighting for tasks like reading, crafting, painting or sketching, sewing, or computer work.
If you don’t have a lot of time to choose your theme or design features, there are a ton of ideas online. Pinterest is the best place on the web to get inspiration or ideas because you can easily skim through hundreds of pictures.
If you need help making these choices, we are always here to assist you. Ready to schedule your renovation? Contact us today.