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Central Texas is literally buzzing with new home builds.
Even as labor and supply shortages are drawing out projects,
more and more homes are being built as Texans are looking for a sanctuary from post-pandemic life.
Additionally, more and more companies are opting to either stay 100% remote or switch to a hybrid model of both in-office and work from home days.
With this work-from-home inevitability, you may want to take a look at your custom home plans and see if you’ve made the suitable allowances for a home office. Here are some things you’ll want to think about.
Whether it’s just you or you and your partner sharing space, there are things you’ll want to make sure your Central Texas custom home office has.
Ventilation & Sunlight
The room will get hot with electrical equipment, so you’ll want to make sure you have air vents to help regulate the temperature through AC/Heating. You may also want to consider a ceiling fan. These may seem like no-brainers, but you’ll want to make sure you have the proper ventilation in your office.
While sunlight isn’t a code necessity, it is a human necessity. Once you’re in a room for 8+ hours a day, you’ll wish you had a window or two. It’s also important to get natural light and give yourself a view.
Wall Outlets & Internet Connection
One of the issues with ready-built homes is that the outlets and connection ports are where they are, and while you can pay electricians to come out and rearrange them, more often than not, we all choose to rearrange our rooms based on where the outlets are located.
You can have some say in outlet and internet connection placement when you custom build. Be sure to think about what your home office will include and how many of those things have plugs!
If you have a lot of books, awards, or knick-knacks, built-in shelves are an attractive way to display and organize items. Remember that you can organize horizontally and vertically, so be sure to work with your architect too!
Think about built-in storage like shelves with a door (to cover up clutter) or the way you want to organize your things. Offices come with office supplies, and, let’s be honest, this room might pull double duty as a home gym or a craft room. With all of this in mind: it’s hard to work in a cluttered space.
As mentioned above, you may be using your home office for more than work; you’ll want to make sure that you have space for everything you need. Think about things like the size of your desk and chair and any other furniture or equipment the room will require.
It’s essential to pick the right place in the house for your office. Ideally, it would be in a quiet area where family and pet sounds aren’t as loud, and you don’t have to compete with noises from the street, or the inconvenient times your neighbor decided to use the leaf blower.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, so make sure you talk to your team about other things you’ll want to consider.
When building your custom home, it’s important to think about form and function. You’ll likely have rooms with multiple functions, and a home office is typically one of those. Be sure to work with your architect and contractor to ensure you get what you need to make your home office work for you.