What You Should Know About Home Office Additions
With the kids headed back to school, August is a perfect time to start planning a home office addition, for a home-based business, telecommuting or even a study space for older students. Given today’s technology, placing a desk and a chair in a room simply doesn’t cut it anymore.
Whether you choose to turn a current room into a home office, or build an addition to house it, here are a few things to take into consideration, from Homewyse, a vendor-neutral comprehensive online reference for the home:
- To maximize return on a home office addition project, limit cost to no more than 1% of home’s total, post project value.
- For the best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home — and select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality.
- Mount low-profile fixtures underneath wall cabinets for inconspicuous, countertop task lighting.
- Understand how your project will change your property taxes (assessed value) and home insurance — before the project begins.
- Recess speakers into walls or the ceiling to share media system access and create room ambiance.
- Install electrical receptacles inside cabinets where electrical devices are stored.
Like any home improvement, you can choose to go low or go high with respect to the budget for a home office addition. Obviously, building a new room will cost more than using an existing room, but that extra investment may be worth it to you, especially if you want to be able to bring clients to your new space. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I really want clients walking through my house to get to the office?
- Are there too many distractions, like kids and pets, to make having an office adjacent to bedrooms, the living room or the kitchen feasible?
- Does an existing room have enough natural light for a home office?
- Will I be bothering my family if I’m working in the home office in the evening (or will they be bothering me)?
Your answers will go a long way toward helping you decide whether an add-on or a rework is best for you. And, Authentic Designs & Remodeling can help you in either case. Contact us to help with creating your new home office. We’re here to help.