4 Tips To Design a Perfect Home Office

Think about it, companies like Herman Miller are able to command $1000 for just a chair. Big corporations like Google, Facebook, etc. spend a significant amount of time designing their offices.

Why do they do that?

It’s because they have realized that the spaces in which we spend a lot of time in, changes the way we work. If your office is messy and looks unorganized, that’s how the employees in that company would work. That’s the reason why you see there’s always some kind of order in every office space. Whether that’s an open office or a cubicle.

And now that a lot of people are starting to work from home, it’s time you brought some of those principles into your home office so you can be more efficient.

The goal behind designing and furnishing your home office should be to make it so that you are as productive as possible. So without any further ado, let’s jump right into it.

  1. Location

Most people think that in order to have a good home office, you need to have a separate room, or something that separates you from the rest of your house so you can work in peace. And while that is a good idea, it doesn’t have to be like that. Remember, everyone is different. Maybe some people prefer to work with other people around so they can have a fun time with them while focusing on the task at hand.

And others that are like me, like to have a quiet space to concentrate on the things we’re doing.

So ask yourself – do you find yourself being more productive in environments in which you can hear other people’s conversations? Or do you like to work in a quiet place where there are no distractions?

Or maybe you just like to have some form of background noise to concentrate but not have other people around?

You also need to consider the layout of your home. If you have a spare room that you can use as a home office, then it’s a no-brainer. But if you don’t, then you have to see what area is available for you to use as a home office. Whether it’s in the kitchen, or on your front porch. Or if you need more privacy then you can convert a part of your bedroom into an office.

2. Ergonomics Over Everything

If there’s one thing I’ll recommend, it’s this – make sure you get an ergonomic chair and keyboard. You’ll be spending a lot of time sitting and working on your desk. So it makes sense to invest in high quality chair and computer peripherals that won’t hurt your posture or hands.

You have to consider the overall health of your body when thinking about this. If you’re sitting in a bad posture for 5-6 hours straight, you are bound to develop some issues later down the line. So it’s best to get these things sorted as soon as you can.

An ergonomic chair will help you fix that.

If you’re using a laptop, consider getting an external monitor so you don’t suffer from eye strain looking at all the small fonts and things. Get an ergonomic mouse like the ones from Kensington or any other company so you don’t suffer from carpal tunnel.

3. The Basics & Space to Exercise

By basics I mean things like:

Electricity

Internet

A desk

Proper lighting

Ventilation

And enough space for some light exercise throughout the day.

Exercise is important. In fact, I recommend setting up a timer that goes off every 30mins so you can get up and stretch your body. Sitting for long hours have a very detrimental effect on our body. Humans were made to move around.

So make sure you do that.

4. Furnish the Hell Out of It

This is the best part about having a separate room as your home office – you can furnish it exactly how you want it to be.

The idea behind this should be that it makes you feel home and want to be productive. It shouldn’t be distracting because that just defeats the whole purpose. You want to put yourself in an environment that is serene, comfortable, while also making you want to have more.

Consider adding things like plants, small bookshelves, etc. behind you because since you’ll be working from home, you want to make sure that the area behind you looks professional as well.

You don’t have to go overboard with it. As I mentioned, just adding some plants and a small bookshelf or maybe if you’re a sneakerhead, you can hang them in the background. That should be more than enough.

This Is Why Homeowners Hesitate to Remodel & Why You Shouldn’t

So you’ve been living in the same house for a couple of decades, which is amazing in itself. It gives you that old-timey feeling of seeing the surroundings change right in front of your eyes and you also get to see the people around you grow up and get things done. But your bathrooms are also decades old, or maybe your kitchen cabinets have seen way too many coats of paint over the year. Or maybe you just haven’t gotten around to remodeling your basement and so you’ve turned it into a massive storage space.

Whether you like the answer or not, remodeling your home will give you an improved living experience in the same place. Obviously it depends on the scale of remodeling that you do. If you go for a full remodeling job where you demolish everything and build it back up from scratch, it will be like you’re moving into a new house.

The thing is, many homeowners decide not to do this because they think that it’s not worth. But deep down, there are other things that stop them from moving forward with it. These are the reasons why they don’t pull the trigger to remodel their house:

  • Cost
  • Fear, and
  • Stress

It’s true. Remodeling your house is not a cheap thing. In fact, you can easily spend thousands of dollars on this depending on what kind of remodeling project you go for. Again, if you go for a full remodel job like I mentioned above, you can easily look to spend around $20k-30k or maybe even more than that depending on the materials you’d like to use and the new things you’d like to add to your home.

So let’s dive into each of those reasons and see how we can get over them and see how much of an ROI and improvement in your daily life you’ll see once you get the remodeling done.

Cost

Like I mentioned above, home remodeling will cost you a pretty penny. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. If you think about it, all the money you’ll invest in remodeling will increase the overall real estate value of your home. If you plan on selling your house in the next 5 or 10 years, this is important because then you’d be in a perfect position.

Look, no one likes to buy a house with a decades old bathroom that doesn’t have any new features. These days people are all about smart home technology. They want the lights to turn on when they walk into a room without having to flip a switch.

Heck, even amazon has released a drone that will fly around your house and look to see if there are any intruders in there.

Sure, these features don’t require a full home remodel but you get the gist of where I’m going. People these days are expecting to have these features in the houses already.

Fear

Most people remodel their houses a couple times in their entire life. This means if they’ve had a bad experience, they will remember it for a long time and they might even urge others to not go through with it because it was such a headache for them.

Maybe you had to work with a remodeling team that wasn’t entirely professional. Or maybe you ended up choosing the wrong materials and ended up paying a lot more over the long term.

All these scenarios are valid and shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

That’s the reason why we make sure that we guide you through the entire process. We recommend what materials to choose based on your budget, we give you a quote of how long it will take for us to finish the job and we meet that deadline.

We are a local Fort Collins based company and our goal is to serve our community as best as we can. Part of that means sticking to our word. If we say that we can get a job done in 3 weeks, we make sure that we do it.

And when it comes to being on the same page, we never sugarcoat anything. We tell you how things are so we can decide how to proceed with things. That’s the best way to do it or else the whole project ends up taking more time than it should’ve had.

So, if you want to work with a team that has been remodeling houses for decades and will guide you step-by-step and make sure that you are on the right path, choose the right materials and will get this done quickly, give us a call.