Designing Your Home Office

An Excerpt from Paul D. Rugarber’s Forthcoming Book,
Architecture to Construction and Everything in Between

Design is, in my opinion, the most fun of any construction project. You finally get to let your creativity loose! There are a few simple steps I recommend to start your design process. First, get a binder to label and save all of your ideas.  If you prefer a more “modern” approach, create an online Ideabook on Houzz or a board on Pinterest. Feel free to add pictures and designs that express your style.  Remember this is supposed to be fun – so enjoy yourself!

In today’s post, we’re going to focus specifically on the design of one of the more recent developments in home design: the home office. We’re going to discuss why it’s needed, where it should be located, and what should be in it.

So first off… why would I need a home office?

As working from home and entrepreneurial endeavors become more and more common in this economy, a home office is a room that is being incorporated into more houses. This is a room that can be closed off from the rest of the house for the privacy needed to conduct business, and to keep little hands from using important documents as coloring books!

Additionally, a dedicated home office space, within very specific guidelines, can often be utilized as a tax write-off, so it’s worth considering if you often work from home or have your own home-based business. Be sure to consult your tax professional for more information on what can be classified as a “home office” within IRS regulations.

Where is the best place to put a home office in my house?

I can personally speak to the advantages of having a home office space. For a long time, I had my office on the third floor of my house, which gave me my own space and a (mostly!) quiet environment in which to get my work done.

Many of my clients prefer an office adjacent to the master bedroom or on the first floor, set away from the main gathering rooms. Consider whether you plan to see clients on a regular basis, and whether you would prefer a separate entrance to the office apart from the main entrance to the house. You should also take into consideration where in the house you can get privacy as well as natural light, so that it feels both welcoming and conducive to productivity.

What should I put in a home office?

You should plan at the very least for a desk, chairs, and some cabinetry. Make sure you have enough lighting, whether natural, artificial, or a combination of both – you don’t want to be working in the dark! Also check for proper internet/phone hookups and electrical outlet placement so that you can easily connect all of your various electronic devices required to run your business smoothly and efficiently. Allot space for your computer, printer, wireless router, and even a shredder if needed.

It’s also a good idea to have some kind of additional desk or table space for meeting with clients without having a computer separating you, offering the opportunity for that one-on-one connection that is so important in business relationships. If you have awards, diplomas, or certificates of achievements, display them proudly! They serve as great conversation starters when you have friends or clients over. And of course, don’t forget storage space for the basics – manila folders, legal pads, printer paper, pens… all of the regular business supplies you’d need in a “normal” office setting!

A home office can be a wonderful addition to a house. By providing a private, comfortable place to work, you can focus more on the job at hand without worrying about interruptions or outside noise. If you are an entrepreneur with a “day job,” you’ll find yourself drawn to your home office to grow your own business. On top of all that, there are often also tax incentives involved, so it’s very worthwhile to investigate whether a dedicated home office is the right choice for you and your family.

We look forward to the opportunity to help you design your dream home office space! Call us at 732-830-3366 or email paul@pdrdesigns.com to get started today.

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