Monthly Archive March 2016

Home Office Design

This section of our website is devoted to home office design. More and more of us are working from home these days. We shop from the comfort of our homes via our computers. We also can now pay our bills from our computers. So for a lot of us, there is a need for a home office to keep us organized.

The first consideration is “where” to put your home office. Do you have an unused space that could become your office? A closet perhaps? Maybe a larger room you could divide or use part of a basement. Look around to find a space. The next step in a home office design is to plan how you want your office laid out to best suit your needs. Im going to use the example of our current home office and the steps we went through to design it. We had the “perfect” space. In fact, when we bought our house one of the items on the wish list was office space.

The space is on the second floor and the room has its own bathroom. It also has some additional space so we can use that space for a meeting room to kick around ideas. It did, however, take us a few years to find the time to build everything exactly as we wanted it.

The first step we did was to carefully measure everything and lay out the proposed floor plan on paper. We then placed masking tape on the actual floor to outline where everything would go. This was to make sure it would all fit together. At the masking tape point, it is easy to make adjustments. Once you get the furniture built, changes and errors become costly.

The floor plan we used is above and although it appears complex, it can be built using a minimal amount of power tools. The tools that were used were a circular saw, a saber saw, a table saw, a miter saw, a pneumatic nailer, a drill, several power sanders and a laminate router. The rest of the tools used were hand tools.

Careful planning was the key.