The Perfect Home Office

 

 

Your home has many locations, both large and small, that can be perfect for your home office needs.

Living, Dining, or Family Rooms
  • Pros: These spaces can accommodate desks and shelves, and there is usually a table nearby that can serve as an extra work surface.
  • Cons: These are public areas within the home, and you will have to manage the conflict between work and home environments.



Kitchens
  • Pros: Kitchens are generally comfortable and well-lighted and make good locations for small offices or work centers. Existing cabinets can be used for storage of work-related materials.
  • Cons: The kitchen is the hub of family activities, and it may be difficult to separate your work from the bustle of home life.



Master Bedrooms
  • Pros: A master bedroom is usually large enough to include a small office. This location generally is quiet during the day and out of the way of normal household activities.
  • Cons: You'll have to sleep with your work nearby. You may have to find storage outside the room for work-related materials.



Spare Bedrooms
  • Pros: A spare bedroom is the easiest and most popular place to create a home office. It comes complete with electricity, lighting, a door for privacy, and a closet for storage. And it doesn't intrude on other living areas.
  • Cons: You lose valuable space for overnight guest and for storage.



Other Areas

Garage Conversions:
  • Pros: The area over a garage provides a good amount of unused living space in a location separate from normal home life.
  • Cons: Garage conversions usually require extensive, costly remodelings.


Basements
  • Pros: Basements are private and out of the way. Conversion of this space can add to your home's value. Basements often offer a generous amount of space.
  • Cons: Basements can be cool, damp, and even lonely. Fresh air and light may be minimal. Low ceilings may contribute to a sense of claustrophobia.



Attics
  • Pros: Attic conversions generally offer privacy and plenty of space. Plus, there is the romance of being on the top floor with access to light and great views.
  • Cons: Attic conversions may require structural changes to meet building codes. They may also require insulation, extension of heating and cooling systems, and cutting through the roof or gables if there are no windows.



Separate Structures
  • Pros: Creates an independent, well-defined place for work that is private and quite. Because it's new, it can be custom-designed.
  • Cons: Zoning ordinances or local covenants may prohibit construction of separate structures. New construction and the extension of electrical and telephone services are relatively expensive.