Home Office Ideas
March 30, 2010
Happy Spring!! Daffodils, tulips, vacation planning…taxes. Where did you prepare your taxes this year? Was it in an organized, calming, well-lit, comfortable environment?
In this month’s greenbridge blog, I’m focusing on home offices, or more specifically, office spaces. Instead of looking at an entire room used as an office, where lots of space is available, I wanted to look at options for integrating office areas into otherwise under-utilized spaces. Some fantastic options include under stairs, in closets, or as part of the kitchen. These tucked in office spaces are ideal for family-centered computer work, paying bills or dropping off or organizing the mail. With clever detailing, they can also be built to fold away or close when not in use, hiding inevitable clutter or unfinished projects.
An image from a This Old House blog on kitchen offices.
The first step in creating a home office is to look for a location that works for your living patterns and lifestyle.
Is there an unused nook at the end of a pantry? In this photo, they found a beautiful spot under a window, close to the kitchen, but tucked away.
Or a seldom or under-used closet? Here, a WIDE door opening helps the office space to not feel like a closet.
How about a space under a stair? I love the heater at the knees in this one.
Sometimes office spaces can be worked into other renovation projects such as a cabinetry project or a kitchen renovation. In this recent cabinetry project above by Riverview Builders, we incorporated a small desk area at the end of the new living room cabinet.
Once the size and location have been determined, consider what you’ll be doing there and plan for the storage, desk area and electrical to fit those uses. For these spaces, each planned detail can make an enormous difference once you’re ‘moved in’. Examples of small important details might include a well-placed grommet hole so that wires can feed through the desktop or a cabinet where to hide computer wires.
Beyond the detailing of the function is the overall design. Do you want the cabinetry to match other cabinets in the room, or to look like a separate piece of furniture? Painted or clear-finished wood? Would you like to close it up when not in use?
What are the possibilities in your home? If you’d like our assistance with planning or cost-estimating your upcoming project, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Our initial consultation is always complimentary.
With best wishes for a wonderful spring season,