It used to be just the techie or writer who made their own home office, but now it's a common necessity for many different professions and industries.
You might already have your own desk in a bedroom, on an upstairs landing or even in the basement. But wherever you decide to set up shop there are some things that make it feel more like a professional environment. Give your office space personality and make it an extension of who you are with these design tips!
Separate Your Office From The Rest Of The House
If you plan to get any work done at home, you need a place without distractions. Find a space for your office that's separate from the rest of the house. Whether that means having a room that's just for you, or adding a decorative partition
to create some separation.
If you're looking to remodel or build a new home, consider including flex rooms in your plans. You can use it as an office now, and convert it into a bedroom or den later. Several Caruso Homes, such as the Michigan
, feature the flex or “Owner’s Choice” room as an included feature.
Many of our homes, such as the Emory II
, come with a library or home office standard. Consider adding optional French doors for even more privacy.
Larger plans, such as the Statesville
, have both a library and an upstairs loft, offering multiple workspaces when two people work from home or space is needed for at-home schooling.
Take Advantage Of Natural Light
Your office should be bright, but not feel like you're stuck in a cubicle with flourescent lighting. Use natural light as much as possible, and try to avoid rooms with windows on the south side of the house during winter months when days are shorter and sun is less intense.
In a room with lots of windows, consider adding stylish window treatments
that control how much natural light enters the space. Not only do curtains or blinds add to your aesthetic, but it makes computer screen glare a thing of the past!
Stay Active And Healthy
It's hard to sit all day at work. Standing desks
can help break up the monotony! This will keep you more active during the workday and prevent back pain too.
Standing desks don't just stop at keeping people healthier; they often have a minimalist design, giving homeowners space to store things like printers, file cabinets, and other office items without feeling cluttered.
In a home workspace, it's especially important to make sure everything has its place. To keep your home clutter-free, Caruso Homes floor plans
are designed with ample cabinets, oversized closets, and plenty of convenient nooks to tuck away your belongings.
Invest In The Right Furniture
It's important to have a chair you love in your home office. A comfy spot can do wonders when trying to stay motivated through those long work days. It should be the perfect blend of style and ergonomics.
When designing your workspace, plan the layout before picking your furnishings. Measure the room, then take note of doors, closets, windows, and built-in bookshelves. Select furniture
that's sized appropriately and won't block your access to anything.
If you have a smaller space, consider furniture that has storage options or add optional built-ins. These are great ways to keep things looking tidy while also adding personality and charm into any room.
Your home office is your personal sanctuary. It's the place where you can retreat from the world, and focus on making progress towards a goal without any distractions.
Whether it’s an office for your business, or just a space to think about life goals in peace — it deserves special consideration.
Our team at Caruso Homes
builds elegant houses with plenty of room for those working from home. Whether you need a home with a simple office or need workspaces for multiple family members in one home, we have a plan that will work for you!