There is an old statement that says “good fences make for good neighbors.” The premise behind that statement is that a little separation and privacy help keep the peace, and that has never been more true than in the post-Covid age where more people are working from home. Typically some of the first rooms to go when people are looking to downsize are the formal living or dining rooms, but those are some prime spaces that could be used for a home office. Another way to add workspace separation without interrupting the open concept or drastically increasing a home’s size is to repurpose primary closets to provide a dual function as a closet and homework location. Clients have raved about how well this dual-purpose space works for their home-life balance.
The key to successfully creating a home office within an open-concept floor plan is storage. The flexibility to work on a laptop from a kitchen counter or a comfy lounge chair is great! But our clients – even those with the most minimal storage needs – want to be able to hide their computers and tuck their cords away when their work is done. We are often able to discretely incorporate home office storage solutions into kitchen cabinetry or entertainment centers. For clients with greater storage needs, we suggest designating a work closet with charging docks, space for office sundries, and plenty of file storage. It is worth noting that sometimes a loosely established home office just doesn’t make sense, and there is a need for more storage or organization, greater privacy, or fewer distractions. Whatever the reason, establish a space that meets your needs.
It is important to have a separate workspace that is efficient and allows privacy but doesn’t take away from living spaces. A pocket office is a great idea and is a smaller space that gives proper room for work but does not have unnecessary wasted space. Natural light in the form of windows always lifts the spirits while working. A glass entry door to dress up the space is a nice touch, but it also motivates you to keep the space decluttered since it is visible from the outside. A clean, decluttered workspace is an efficient workspace. Most importantly, make sure there is clean separation between the space you work in and the spaces you live in. When it’s time to shut work down and take care of yourself and your loved ones, you can put work out of sight and out of mind!