Adding a dedicated office space to your home is one of the easiest ways to improve both your work and home life, all at the same time! Having a dedicated office space makes it easier to stay organized, maintain a good work-life balance, and improve your productivity during working hours. There’s a lot that goes into building your dream office, so let’s get started!
How Much Does it Cost?
The exact cost of your home office can vary anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The exact cost depends on your vision for the home office and what the future office space currently looks like. A room that’s already finished and just needs to be spruced up is a lot cheaper than an unfinished basement or garage that has to be completely redone.
A dedicated home office that’s only used for work can be used as a tax deduction! That includes the costs associated with turning the space into an office in the first place. Once the office has been established, a percentage of certain household bills and mortgage payments can be tax-deductible too. The percentage is based on how much of the total square footage of your home is being used as a home office.
Choosing the Space
Choosing the space is the first step in getting your dream home office. Look around at spaces in your home that could be repurposed. If you’re struggling to find space, consult with a contractor and interior designer. Someone with a trained eye will have a much easier time assessing your home and locating the perfect spot for your new home office! Your budget will play a big part in what locations can potentially be used.
Decorating and Lighting
Once the space has been chosen and finished, it’s time to decorate! Choose furniture that’s both functional and stylish. Equip your office with plenty of storage so it will be easy to stay organized as you work in the new space. Once the furniture has been chosen, it’s time to brighten up the space! Utilize the natural light you have by placing your desk near a window if you can. If not, use artificial light to imitate natural light. Recessed lighting and lamps with daylight bulbs are a cost-effective way to make a big difference in how your home office feels! Have fun with the decorating process. You’ll be more productive if you’re working in a space that brings you joy!
Contact Gehman Design Remodeling today to schedule a consultation with a contractor to discuss your new home office! From small remodels to a totally new home addition, our team can work within your budget to achieve the home office of your dreams.