As you think about building your dream luxury home, don’t forget to think about a home office space. More and more people are working from home, and that trend is probably here to stay.
It used to be that a home office had to be a separate room, often an extra bedroom, or maybe a stately room situated just off from the foyer near the main entrance. But in 2020, more people are merging their workspaces with other rooms like the kitchen, great room, living room, or den.
Home office options for a custom home design
When you are designing a home, be sure to include spaces for you, your spouse, and your children to be able to work at home. If you think through your needs thoroughly before you begin the building process, you will thank yourself later.
Your custom home builder or architect can help you find plans that accommodate your family’s specific needs now and on into the future.
9 possible home office layout ideas
- A separate home office
- A dedicated desk area in a kitchen or great room
- A guest bedroom/office
- A homework room/study
- A built-in custom desk with shelves, cabinets, and cubbies
- A homework nook
- A workspace for everyone in one room
- Separate rooms, nooks, or corners for each member of the family
- An open study adjacent to the kitchen with a work station for each child
Not only do you need enough space for a proper desk, work area, and storage, you need a place where you can feel inspired and productive. You can certainly involve an interior designer to help you custom design your home office and help with home decor, or you may find ideas you love yourself that you can include in your floor plan.
10 Important factors to consider with home office design
While you are planning, weigh these important concerns so that you can have a workspace that works best for you.
- Lots of natural light—Make sure to have plenty of windows in your workspace, it will help boost your mood, your mental health, and your physical health. Natural light also increases focus and productivity for many people.
- A place for clients—If you will be meeting with people in your home office, be sure to include a professional, welcoming area for them. Perhaps one that doesn’t require them to walk through the rest of your home.
- Enough space—Be sure to account for all the furniture, storage, seating, and technology you’ll need.
- Engaging colors—In 2020, many people are opting for monochromatic home offices where the ceilings, walls, and maybe even the furniture are all saturated in the same bold color. If that seems like too much, you can always go with a pop of color as an accent rather than drenching the entire room in one color.
- A charming window seat—The custom bench can provide storage, and the cushioned seat can accommodate extra guests or may be a handy place to take a coffee break.
- Great lighting—Add recessed lighting and custom lighting to provide the right amount of light for you to work and make any clients feel welcome.
- Counters—Include built-ins with counter-height counters and desks so you can alternate between standing and sitting for your optimum health.
- Built-ins and molding—If you desire a stately home office, having custom built-in cabinets, shelves, crown molding, and decorative wall molding can help you achieve the desired effect.
- A coffered ceiling—For a truly luxurious effect, consider a separate room for your home office with a real wood trim coffered ceiling.
- Different wall textures—Add interest to your office by having a wooden accent wall, brick accent wall, or other variation of materials.
A custom home workspace can help you get the most out of building a custom home so that you have everything you need right where you need it. Imagine not having to drive or commute to work. And think of how productive you could be if you had the right space at your fingertips!
One huge advantage of going with a luxury home builder is that you get to design the home that works best for your family goals and your business goals.
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