In today’s working world, the distance from our homes to our offices can sometimes be only a few steps away. Most remodeling contractors look at a few elements that are must-haves for setting up the ideal home office. At Gordon Reese Design Build, we take your imagination and make your remodeling dreams a reality. When choosing the site of your home office, one thing to think about is noise factors. For example, if the space is close to the street, you may hear people walking and driving by. It’s also important to consider the traffic flow in your home. If you plan to work in your home office while the rest of the family is at home, placing it close to the kitchen, bathroom, or family room might mean you’d have many impromptu visitors during work, or nearby sounds may easily sidetrack you.

You’ll most likely spend countless hours in your home office, so don’t sell yourself short on space–you wouldn’t want to squish a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room. When in doubt, there may be space above! An attic can function as a workspace with a few modifications, and it offers some distance from the living and relaxing areas of your home.

Tips From Remodeling Contractors

Light

Establishing your home office in a spot with natural daylight is a beautiful way to help you feel more active and motivated. Having a window in your office can offer a nice view of the outdoors and give your eyes a break from your computer screens.

Sound

If you want to concentrate while working at home, you’ll need to set up your home office in a quiet spot. Unless you live alone, there are probably some places in your house where you’re less likely to get disrupted. If you’re living with others, it’s crucial to choose a spot that offers you privacy and separateness from the hustle and bustle of your home.

Form and Function

Your desk, shelves, and storage spaces should cater to your needs, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and whatever items you need at your fingertips to create a functional workspace.  When investing in furniture, look for aesthetic and ergonomic pieces that suit your work lifestyle.

Color

According to remodeling contractors, you’ll also want to use colors in your space that contribute to the idea of productivity, such as blues, greens, off-whites, and other earthy tones.

Green evokes organic, fresh, and restful emotions and has been found to foster concentration.

Yellow grabs your attention as it strikes the eye like no other color. A bright yellow might be distracting or even overpowering in an office area with the ability to cause a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety.

Red is energetic. It often generates strong feelings and can create excitement. If used in a home office, it should only be used as an accent to others.

White, ivory, gray, or tan can carry subtle variants of color. They can be neutral with overtones of the colors you feel most comfortable with, such as a warm or cool gray.

The design choice and colors should be complementary, not clashing. If your office is visible from other rooms in the house, consider how the new hue will blend in with the adjacent areas of your existing home.

Talk to Remodeling Contractors

Regardless of the color and furniture you chose, you deserve more than a simple metal desk and an extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. Design your home office with your needs in mind, not on the back burner! Talk to a Gordon Reese Design Build team member to turn your perfect home office dreams into reality. Call us at (925) 885-3770 or email [email protected] to learn more about how we can help you create your dream space!