Home offices have become more and more popular, especially with the increase in people working from home over the last decade. If the main floor of your home does not have room for an office, the basement is a great alternative. A basement is a more private location, far from the hustle and bustle of family life, providing you with the privacy you need while working. The basement is often the most underutilized and overlooked room in the home and taking advantage of that unused space could give you a variety of options in creating that perfect workspace.
According to CNN, the number of people that work from home increased 41% from 1999 to 2010 and continues to be on the rise.
Creating a home office in a basement takes a bit of consideration in order to make sure it’s an environment conducive to productivity. Basements tend to be cooler in the summer, making them a more pleasant area to work in when the sun’s heat beats against the windows upstairs. During the colder winter months, if your basement home office is too cold, you’ll find more excuses to stay upstairs. Before having any remodeling done, the area should be thoroughly checked for leaks and other issues that cause the space not to run as energy efficient as possible.
When it comes to remodeling, one option is to create an extra room in your basement by framing out walls, leaving some space to be utilized in another way. If that seems a bit more than you want to take on, you can easily create the illusion of an enclosed space by using large furniture items to block off an area that you would like to use as your office. A desk can be arranged to define the border of your office, and tall bookcases and multiple tables can also be used to partition off a space. By utilizing these options, you can avoid additional building expenses.
Most basements are larger rooms and can be used in multiple ways. With that being said, you should still carefully plan the design of the space to create the perfect working environment. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, consider creating a play area or art center for your little ones within view of your “office space” so you can still keep a watchful eye. It’s also a good idea to sketch out a floor plan on paper, which allows you to arrange furniture and other items in advance. You’ll want to ensure that you have electrical outlets and network access to accommodate your computer, printer, and phone. Finally, adding a bright overhead light, or multiple lamps and possibly even a desk lamp to make sure you can work in the area, without causing your eyes to strain.
Though you’ll surely want to take care of the decorating, you should leave the remodeling to the professionals. For a list of questions you should ask your contractor before work begins, visit Houzz.com.