creating a home office

With more people working from home, according to a survey conducted by the Dieringer Research Group, the number of employed Americans who performed any kind of work from home, with a frequency range from as little as 1 day a year to full-time, grew from 41.3 million in 2003 to 44.4 million in 2004, a 7.5 percent growth rate. 

With this becoming increasingly an important trend to note, putting thought behind designing a home office is important to increase productivity, efficiency, motivation, and organization. 

A new client wants to organize office a home office.  After listening to him,  we sat down and developed a plan to make his home a place to entertain and relax and an office a place to work and host meetings.

Here are the steps I used to conceptualize our plan of action: 

  1. Sit in the room(s) up for change.  Let the space reveal itself to you by taking notice of its features.  (windows, natural and artificial light, passage ways, etc)
  2. Decide what is the best use the room resources; walls, closets, windows, shelves, etc.
  3. Clean out unwanted, unnecessary and unused items in closets and organize remaining itesm.  Localize office and work materials.
  4. Make a plan to put in place with priorities, possibilities, and a strategy to actualize the plan. 
  5. Find the materials for the room and make a timeline.

Here is where I’ve found inspiration: