How to Create the Ideal Functional Home Office

July 21, 2021

Working remotely skyrocketed in popularity (and necessity) over the last year, with many companies making the shift permanent. Anybody who works from home knows the importance of creating a dedicated space for work, so read on for ideas on how to create a home office addition that meets your needs.

Why you need a home office

Even though working remotely means you can theoretically work from anywhere, your working environment and conditions do make a difference. If you only need a temporary workspace, it’s understandable if you try to make do working from your couch or dining table. After all, transforming your home can be a major undertaking in terms of both time and money, so you want to be certain before going ahead with such a big change. However, if you’re working from home on a long-term basis, you might want to consider creating a dedicated home office.

Not only does a home workspace enhance productivity, the clear delineation between work and home can help you maintain the balance between your personal and professional lives. A dedicated home office addition will also be a more ergonomic solution than trying to adapt your home furnishings for work. If you need even more incentive, you may also be able to write off the construction of a home office and even a portion of your household expenses from your taxes. However, you should check local laws and regulations and consult with your accountant to make sure you thoroughly understand what exactly is tax deductible.

Where to put your home office

Even if you don’t have a lot of space to spare, there are many creative ways to add a home office to your house. An underused room can easily be repurposed into a home office, but so can an empty closet without its doors. Depending on your needs and how the space is designed, you might not even need to use an entire room for your home office. You can section off an area from an existing space, such as the den, for an office nook. If you have a backyard, you could consider building a separate outdoor studio office that could even have its own kitchenette and powder room.

What to include in your home office

In order to maximize the potential of your home office space, proper planning is crucial for designing, building and decorating. Think about everything you need in order to do your job well. This may include natural lighting, shelving, storage and other organizational tools. Once you figure out what your needs are, you’ll have a better sense of what your home office must contain. Working with a professional designer may help you determine the best configuration to incorporate everything you need into your home workspace.

Are you interested in creating an office addition to your house? Coyote Hollow Construction is a trusted general contractor and custom home remodeler that can make virtually any home renovation idea a reality. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get started on your project!

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