According to the latest US Census, more than 5% of workers in the US worked at home. That’s a whopping 8 million people. More importantly, the census doesn’t report stay-at-home moms who are looking for an opportunity to build a sustainable business to support their household. But, the official WAHM forum counts around 500,000 active moms in North America. In other words, whether you’re looking for a remote opportunity at the workplace or ready to build your venture from home, you need to consider creating a place where you can work peacefully in your house.
Every home is different, and therefore, there can’t be a one-solution-fits-all approach when it comes to building the ideal home office for your needs. However, even in the smallest properties, there is still unused space you could turn into an effective and productive office if you’re creative enough. Some old properties already have a room dedicated to desk work, the study or the library, which you can use. However, if your house was built after 1940, you’re unlikely to have any dedicated space for a study. Instead, you can check any of the following options to create your cozy home office:
Convert the attic
The attic is typically used as an additional storage area at home. It’s where you store your Christmas decorations and all the clothes that don’t fit anymore – in the hope that they one day will fit again. But, you could turn the attic in a productive area with a little bit of tidying up! The most important job you’ll have to do to get things ready is to declutter. You may get nostalgic in the process – we all keep old items we don’t need anymore – but stay strong, and you’ll be able to create a fantastic home office. You can add a closet area if you can’t find a new home for some of your stored items, as it will leave enough room for your desk and chair. However, it’s a good idea to get rid of all unwanted and unused things you’ve kept over the years!
Transform the patio
Can your garden become your new home office? You can transform the unused patio with the help of a professional outdoors fittings and pergola company. This will allow you to build a protected path between your home and your garden office. Additionally, it will be easier for a building team to extend an electrical line between the house and the office if you already have a decked patio with lights and heating in between. The advantage of working in the garden is that you can focus on what you need to do without any interruptions. Besides, the protected path that runs between your home and garden office keeps you dry and warm on your way to work!
The cozy nook in the lounge
Everybody has an awkward nook in the living room that serves no purpose. Instead of letting it become an unused space that accumulates dust, you can squeeze in a small desk and a chair to create your cozy home office. On the most common areas to look for an unused nook is under the stairs, where you can add a narrow desk, for instance. Alternatively, the space that is typically reserved for an in-built closet can be transformed into a large office with a separation wall. Similarly, the entranceway or the foyer is an excellent alternative to the closet area. Indeed, modern homes typically don’t use their foyer, but instead of letting the waste go to waste, you can keep your home office essentials in there.
The guest bedroom you don’t use
How many bedrooms do you need? While a guest bedroom is always a lovely addition to your home, you may not receive guests frequently enough to justify keeping a room just for them. Instead, you can use the spare bedroom as a home office. You can also make sure to keep a comfortable bed in there too so that you can still welcome the occasional friend or relative to stay over. Ideally, a set of drawers is all you need to tidy your work away when you’ve got guests.
Your lovely granny flat
The accessory dwelling is becoming a trend in the US. Typically, the ADU, or granny flat, is a great option for homeowners, who are looking to rent out either their home while or the annex to generate a regular source of income. However, you might find that your granny flat doesn’t generate sufficient revenue. If this is the case, you may want to revamp it into a self-sufficient home office with its own bathroom and kitchen area. Additionally, you can even consider renting out desk spaces in your granny flat for other freelancers and solo entrepreneurs who need an office to work during the day. It’s a profitable idea to support your professional dream and continue to generate an income from your property.
The conservatory gives you room to think
The advances in technology have made conservatories more appealing. Typically described as an extension of the home into the garden, conservatories can act as an effective and productive home office. Indeed, because they maximize natural light and nature, conservatories are soothing and inspiring for creative professionals. You might need to add blinds to reduce the glare effect on the screen, as well as a proper lamp to make sure you can work even on a cloudy and dark day.
The basement is ideal to isolate yourself
Last but not least, the basement is an area that is often left unused in the house. Just like the attic, the basement is typically a storage area, so it’s fair to say that your first effort should be focused on decluttering. Converting a basement into a living area is similar to building an extension. You will need to consider flooding risks and isolation issues as a priority to keep your basement dry and warm. Additionally, it can be helpful to plan for windows and/or skylights to bring natural light into the room. You might find yourself feeling depressed and gloomy otherwise!
Ultimately, building a home office to support your professional activities is a step forward for your career. The size of your home doesn’t matter! There is always room for a desk under the stairs or in the basement. With a little creativity, you’ll soon find that there is no limit to your home-based workplace!