With an increasing number of people working from home these days, creating a home office has become a hot trend! Whether you work from home full- or part-time, having a dedicated space to focus and setup shop has value. At Rezide Properties, we build homes with your lifestyle in mind – and we’ve been including office space in our home designs for years (sure, you can call us a trend setter).
Whether you’re in the market for a new home or trying to find a way to make your current house work, you may be wondering how you can find the space or whether you really want to pay for extra square footage. But we’ll let you in on a secret: It’s a myth that you need a large space or an entire room for a home office. A functionally designed layout can carve out a perfect home office as part of your home’s design – without adding unnecessary square footage. And that kind of thoughtful, deliberate design is a hallmark of a Rezide home.
Elements to Create an Office in Your New Home
While it might be tempting to run out to the local office supply store in an attempt to recreate your at-work office space at home, resist the urge! Building a functional home office can be done with a minimal number of purchases and an end result that’s far more conducive to real work than that beige cubical back at the office. Here’s what you need:
Perhaps the most basic (and important) part of a home office is a desk or table. Choose a surface that fits your work style. If you do everything on a laptop, opt for something a bit more petite – no need to waste space. If you spend time writing and need to spread out, look for something a bit bigger.
Ultimately, the worksurface you select will depend in large part on the space you choose to designate as an office. A few of our favorite locations: an alcove off a quiet hallway; a corner of a multipurpose space, such as a gym or spare bedroom; or as part of an upstairs loft.
We’ve talked about it before on our blog – lighting sets a tone and can affect how you feel in a room. If possible, set up your home office near a window for some natural light. If that doesn’t make sense for your space, add floor or desk lamps to brighten things up.
Organization and Supplies
Your home office doesn’t need to be office-supply-cabinet-at-work stocked, but you do need a few basics. Stick to the supplies you know you need without piling on extras. And when it comes to organization, think vertically. A floating shelf above your desk or a small filing cabinet tucked neatly under it might be all you need.
There’s no need to sacrifice your home’s interior design to add an office space. Choose pictures and décor that provide motivation, inspire you, and spark creativity. There’s no reason beautiful decoration can’t be multipurpose.
At Rezide Properties we design functional homes that serve your lifestyle. To learn more about our custom home designs and new construction neighborhoods we’re currently building, give us a call at 404-483-1814.