The number of people working remotely is immense when compared to the past. The transition was expedited by the COVID-19 pandemic which forced millions to work remotely. Studies have shown that the pandemic actually advanced remote work a few years in the future in terms of adoption. There are companies that have seen increases in productivity leading to some announcing their entire workforce would stay remote. Working at home can be a nightmare if you do not have a home office especially if you have a large family. The following are things that you have to think about if building a home office addition to your home or property.
Detached Garages Are a Great Option
Detached garages can be great to establish a home office in. Garages have been used by some of the most famous entrepreneurs during the infancy of corporate juggernauts they were in the process of building. Most people working on the computer do not need an enormous amount of space so the garage can still be used partially for storage. Insulation is going to be a challenge especially if you live in an extremely cold climate.
Basements Can Provide the Privacy You Need
The basement is an extremely versatile part of the home that is often underutilized. Finishing a basement can give you ample space to work and privacy. You do not want noise from the home to interrupt a client call or a meeting with a potential partner. The fact that finishing the basement will increase the value of your home is a bonus. Making this a livable and clean space will provide that privacy you need to drive your professional productivity to the next level.
Air Conditioning and Heating If Working on Your Property
If you have made the decision to build your home office on your property that is detached from the home, there is still plenty to think about. You are going to want to make sure that you are comfortable in your office regardless of the temperature outside. AC installation being done can allow a person with a home office in a new build to work comfortably even in the hottest of temperatures. If you build an addition to your home, you likely just need a bit of ductwork to be done to run the HVAC system to the office.
Your Desk and Chair Matter!
You want to be comfortable when you are sitting and do not want to create neck/back problems from choosing the wrong chair. You need lumbar support so you can sit comfortably for a longer period without your back hurting. This doesn’t mean that you should not take regular breaks to stretch out as these have been shown to actually improve your productivity. Your desk needs to be spacious and allow you to organize yourself appropriately. People in sales might write their targets out on a whiteboard while a product designer would need to see different components of a product at once.
Keep the tips above in mind when building a home office. You want to achieve a great work-life balance which is possible when you can be productive during working hours rather than distracted.