With students still engaged in distance learning and many professionals in Philadelphia continuing to work at least partially from home, there’s been a growing need among families to create a space tailored to these purposes.
In the past, working from a kitchen table or the living room couch may have sufficed as a temporary solution. Now, we have an understanding that building a designated home office or classroom is important to helping you and your children maintain a healthy work-life balance. Establishing special areas for work can provide your household members with the privacy and space they need to be productive during the day when doing classwork, attending virtual meetings, or performing other professional or school-related responsibilities.
Even once schools resume in-person instruction and workplaces revert back to normal operations with staff onsite, several virtual trends that started in 2020 are likely to continue. In any case, it’s worth investing in a workspace that both you and your children can use comfortably and conveniently on a daily basis. Here are a few office remodeling ideas to help you develop a vision that suits your family, home, and lifestyle:
Ideally, you want to set up your home office and classroom in its own separate room with a door that shuts out the noise and activity taking place in other parts of the house. If you have a spare bedroom, you could easily converted it into a workspace. You also can consider designing an addition, a sunroom or remodeling your basement if it’s not currently being used for another purpose. If your home doesn’t contain an empty room at the moment, think about other under-used areas that could be reconfigured, such as the space under your stairs, a large closet, the attic, or even a portion of your living room.
For your remote working and learning environment, anticipate that everyone who uses the space will need comfortable seating and a hard surface—often at the same time. Crafting a built-in desk gives you the ability to customize the structure based on who will be using it and what type of work and storage space you need. If you have young elementary-aged children, consider putting a smaller table and chair where you can supervise them while working from your computer or making calls. When you’re on the job for long hours, you may also like to switch up your seating. Add in a comfortable couch, plush chair, or even oversized beanbag, and keep a TV tray nearby to provide you a working surface.
If your room or makeshift workspace doesn’t already have a window, consider adding one during the remodeling process. Having a nice view of the outside world can provide inspiration and help you feel connected, even when working in private. Natural light is important for increasing productivity, focus, and mental wellbeing for both you and your children. When converting a basement into a study area, you can add egress windows and install a sun pipe or solar tube as a natural light source. Another remodeling idea to consider if you meet with clients or colleagues at home is the installation of a separate entrance so they don't have to walk through the rest of your residence to get to your personal office.
The walls that surround your new office have the potential to benefit your mood, as well as the function of the space. Choose a color that is uplifting or invigorating, especially if your home office doubles as a classroom. Soft greens, blues, and purples are cool colors that evoke calm, serenity, and internal focus, while a light yellow or cream helps the space feel bright and cheery to create a more open mood. Try painting blackboard paint on a wall or portion of the wall near your kids’ study space. Older students can use it for making notes or writing down assignments and for younger children, drawing with chalk provides a creative outlet while parents are working. You can also install shelves on the wall near your desk to create extra storage space for books, equipment, and your professional supplies and documents.
As you’re developing the layout for your home office and classroom, consider that both you and your kids will need to have virtual meetings with clients, classmates, and teachers. Set up your space so that people aren’t constantly having to pass behind one another, as it can cause a distraction when video-conferencing. It’s best if you can create a fairly neutral background that includes an uncluttered wall or bookshelf.
These days, most of us use at least two devices that need to be charged. Even young students are utilizing tablets or Chromebooks for classwork. When building your home office in Philadelphia, make sure you have the necessary power points to support charging all those devices, as well as plugging in other equipment and appliances. That may require having an electrician lay down new lines or install new outlets.
The beauty of customized home remodeling is that it enables you to create a new home office or study area that is suited to your particular professional needs and your children’s school-related routines. Whether you’re converting your basement, remodeling a spare room, or adding to your home in Philadelphia, Bellweather Construction can help you design and build a personalized workspace that is both functional and inviting for the whole family.
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