Over the last several years, we have all learnt the importance of a thoughtfully designed home office. Winter arrived with a vengeance right before Christmas and, luckily, many of us have the option to work from home and when you do, you need a bright, uncluttered space with some privacy from the rest of the house. Your office can have an enormous impact on your productivity and if you plan to show off your home in the future to potential buyers, a stunning home office is a major benefit to many these days.
Here are some ideas that I am pleased to share with you because investing in a space that’s designed for focus and productivity, you’ll be investing in your career, not to mention the value of your home.
The Need for Natural Light
Natural light is instrumental in any well-laid-out workspace. Getting enough natural light in the workspace provides benefits to both the quality of the work you are able to get done and it could also impact your health.
To reap all of the benefits of natural light in your home office, consider a window renovation. Whether you’re installing windows where there used to be none or simply enlarging the existing windows, renovating the windows in your home office will bring in more natural light and give the room a polished appearance. If you don’t get much morning sun in your apartment or home, step outside for a little fresh air and soak up that sunlight and vitamin D before you start your work day.
Keep it Clean
Things have a habit of collecting in home offices... all kinds of things--especially if you have kids. They say a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, and for most people this saying rings true. Make it a habit to purge your home office of paper piles, coffee cups, garbage and whatever else is taking up space and not serving any purpose.
Keep it Green
Did you know that many houseplants can actually help to purify the air in your home? This is just one reason why plants make a great addition to your home office. If your office is feeling a bit stale, whether in the air quality, or just the tone of the decor, bringing some beautiful greenery in will definitely give you a breath of fresh air in your space. Spider plants are a great choice, especially for beginner plant parents, because they’re very low maintenance.
Think Up and Down
There are some downsides to a home office. One of the problems is that home offices tend to be tiny, even when your office is a dedicated room. When you’re setting up your home office, don’t just think side-to-side. Think vertically to maximize your storage options. A hutch, tall bookcases, or even floating shelves can give you more storage without taking up precious floor space.
Add a Door
Especially if more than one member of your household is working from home, ensuring that you have privacy in your workspace is crucial. Interruptions are the enemy of focus, but a door addition in your home office is an excellent solution. Consider installing elegant French doors to close off your home office space, or even a sliding door for modern spaces. New interior doors will elevate your home office space while providing practical benefits.
Working from a home office looks like it’s here to stay and in order to work successfully from home, you will definitely need to be organized. A home office can be anything—and anywhere—you want. In a cozy corner or spread out across the basement, the options are only limited by your space and your imagination.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, I have been in sales for over 30 years. At the young age of 23, I was a successful store manager for a large well known Retail Shoe Company in Toronto, which led me to work for a large Floor and Wall Fashions Distributor in Warehouse Management and Sales. Beginning in 2004, this valuable experience led me to a successful and dynamic career in Real Estate. I then achieved my Broker's license in 2008 and I am always continuing my education in this exciting field.
I find myself so fortunate to live and work in Lagoon City. Over the years, I have met so many wonderful people who have become my neighbours and friends. I truly believe in creating a better community through connecting people with the right homes. My integrity and honesty will always keep you on the right path and my dedication to finding or selling your home goes beyond expectations.
Richard McGuigan is a professional CENTURY 21® Real Estate Broker at Century 21 B.J Roth Realty Ltd, residing in Lagoon City, Ontario and providing you with the highest quality service possible. His personal knowledge of the Real Estate market in Lagoon City and surrounding areas is combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand - the most recognized name in Real Estate today. Let Richard assist you in finding your dream home in our beautiful waterfront community. Contact him today for a free home evaluation.