Designing a Home Office: Increasing Productivity, Inspiring Creativity

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Jul, 2017
With more and more people working from home or taking at least the occasional “work from home” day, the home office has become an essential part of a home plan. Even if you don’t work from home ever, the home office is still a great area to work on creative projects, store important files, or […] The post Designing a Home Office: Increasing Productivity, Inspiring Creativity appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
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This office is private and quiet, with blinds you can draw closed or leave open to allow in more sunlight. See more photos of this house plan and others in our Custom Home Gallery .

With more and more people working from home or taking at least the occasional “work from home” day, the home office has become an essential part of a home plan. Even if you don’t work from home ever, the home office is still a great area to work on creative projects, store important files, or use as space for kids to have a quiet spot to work on homework after school. The home office is unlike any other room in the home in that it needs to support the unique activities occurring there. Whether remodeling, rethinking a space (often an unused closet can work as an office space) or building a home from scratch, there are a few important elements to consider in designing a home office if you want to increase your productivity and creativity.

Designing a Home Office: The Key Elements

Location

Choose a spot easily accessible and quiet. Depending on the function of the office you want to make sure it has enough room for furniture, equipment and any activities you will conduct there (e.g. meeting with clients).

Layout

Another important aspect to consider in relation to the furniture, equipment and function of your space. It’s also beneficial to create a more open space as a crowded space can invoke stress. Consider the type of furniture you’ll want to use in the space. You want to have enough space to move comfortably around it, yet you want the space to fit all of the furniture and office equipment you plan to utilize – extra chairs for clients, a large printing station, or a book case if you like to read a lot, for examples.

Lighting

As much natural light as possible is most effective for increasing productivity and overall quality of life. For more on that read this article from Psychology Today . It also saves money and energy to incorporate natural light. Besides natural light you’ll want varying types of lighting, including lamps and lights on dimmers. The goal is to have enough light to reduce eye strain and to brighten up areas for certain tasks, but you don’t want the lighting to ever feel overwhelmingly bright.

Ambiance

While sometimes we choose to use very neutral colors throughout our homes, colors inevitably affect our productivity and creativity. Blues and greens are proven to have a calming effect and increase productivity. These colors can be incorporated through paint color choices, adding plants (they also act as natural air filters) and artwork. When addressing ambiance issues also consider noise concerns and the temperature of the room. Soundproof the room if you live in a noisy neighborhood. A colder room will leave you more tired; the optimum temperature for productivity is around 70 degrees F.

Organization

An organized office=lots of various storage options. Think built-ins, custom cabinetry. Depending on the use of the space you may need more or less of this type of space, but anyone housing files, paperwork and equipment can benefit from lots of places to store it all. Additionally include various workstations into the plan. You may want a printing workstation with an open desk area  to work on preparing documents. And you’ll want to move from sitting to standing throughout the day so you might want to have a few desk options, or at least an adjustable desk so you can switch back and forth from sitting and standing.

Ergonomics

Along with the idea of workstations and the stand up desk options, address ergonomics in your plan. Workday activities can leave you with a lot of aches and pains at the end of the day. Invest some time and money in ensuring your ergonomics are up to par.

Electrical

Install outlets everywhere in the room you think you could possibly need them. It’s always better to have more than you think you might need. And your electrical needs will likely change as technology changes.

Technology

To add to the idea of including as many electrical outlets as possible, plan for any technologies you think you could possibly need. Will you ever have the need for a projector or a TV on the wall or any other technology? Plan for it where you’ll put it and what you’ll need in the space to store it and operate it.
Planning your home office thoroughly during the design phase will ensure it’s an efficient, enjoyable space where you can be your most productive and creative self.

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Some of these considerations may not be in the forefront of your mind, but there is a long list of aspects you need to consider when building a new home. These should help to get you started thinking about some of the most important pieces of the home building process.
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This home is being built with our client’s specific wants and needs in mind. The homeowner
requested a single family home with a modern contemporary house design. Previously, he lived
in a townhome and desired a more private, spacious residence. A main floor living with a large
space to entertain and big volume ceilings were a must on the client’s list.

The client decided building as opposed to finding a pre-existing home was a better solution for
him because he wants something specific to his needs. He already had the perfect location in
mind and it was time for him to own his dream home.

The area is ideal for this client because it allows him to live in close proximity to his hobbies and
interests and it also allows him the ability to walk to nearby restaurants or bike to the
surrounding shops. This homeowner will be close to everything. He truly loves the location!
The design concept picked is pictured below. In sticking with a contemporary influence, the
design has clean, simple lines that will result in an extraordinary modern home. We combined
elements of residential and commercial materials and design to bring our client’s unique requests to life.
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You decide that you are ready to build a custom home for you and your family. Now it is time to figure out how to finance your dreams!

Let’s start with the basics. As with any loan process, do your research. Talk to several mortgage companies that specialize or have a strong understanding/history of working with construction loans. Ask questions and voice your concerns. Companies of course want your business, but they also want to make sure they are a good fit for you and what you are wanting to accomplish. Reviews and referrals are strongly regarded these days. They want to make sure you have the best experience possible.

There are several main differences between a construction loan and a regular existing home loan. An individual construction loan may require a longer credit history  or a higher credit score as well as more money down and along the way. It is more of a process, but it is most certainly worth it. With the right builder, the more involved process becomes a piece of cake; but, that is an article for another time.

Home loans can have a 30 year term whereas a construction loan typically has a max of 1 year. “The rates on this type of loan are higher than rates on permanent mortgage loans. To gain approval, the lender will need to see a construction timetable, detailed plans and a realistic budget, sometimes called the “story” behind the loan,” as reported by  bankrate . While your home is being built, it is typical to make interest-only payments. 

If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to pay off a newly built home in 1 year!” Don’t panic.

A popular option is the construction-to- permanent financing sometimes called “one-time close,” a “single close,” or an "all-in-one" loan. Upon completion of construction, the remaining loan balance is converted into a permanent mortgage with terms up to 30 years. Like most loans, “the rate and other terms of the permanent mortgage are set up-front when the entire loan package is closed” according to the  National Association of Home Builders .  Construction/permanent loans are offered by many different lenders, including banks and mortgage companies and are a great option for those of us wanting to finance their home purchase over an extended period of time.

Another option is a stand-alone construction loan. This type of loan can be beneficial if you currently own your home and want a smaller down payment option.   Read more about stand alone construction loans.

There are many different loan options. What makes sense for one person doesn’t make sense for everyone. Make sure you find the right product for you and your particular project. If you want to talk over some options, contact us! We would love to hear your ideas and figure out how we can build your dream home.

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