Although many contemporary homes are built with a home office or study, those living in older homes have two choices: convert an existing unused space to a functional workspace, or extend their home and create a new area. There are a lot of factors to consider when creating your ideal home office, including:
With changing environments and the prevalence of flexible working hours, it’s more important than ever to have a functional and productive home office. Refresh has extensive experience when it comes to creating personal workspaces: from repurposing existing rooms to building completely new areas.
- What are some things to consider when creating a Home Office? ↓
- Available Space ↓
- Necessities ↓
- Lighting ↓
- Storage ↓
- Interior Design ↓
- Furniture ↓
- Internet ↓
- What are the design considerations when creating a Home Office? ↓
- Location ↓
- Colour ↓
- Personalisation ↓
- How much does it cost to create a Home Office? ↓
- Get inspired by our recently completed Home Offices from around the world! ↓
What are some things to consider when creating a Home Office? Back to top
Available Space Back to top
If you don’t have the option of dedicating an entire existing room for your home office, you can still create a productive atmosphere in the corner of a room with some design and planning. Start by thinking creatively: perhaps a drop-down table is the best starting point?
An alternative to a full-size office is a mini-office, which can be easily accommodated in a hall cupboard, spare wardrobe, or even in the corner of a lounge. Take a look at this guide to creating a mini home office.
Necessities Back to top
Prioritise the most vital parts of your home office. Do you need a table with chairs for meetings? Or is generous desk space the only concern? If you do frequent video calls, make sure the lighting is flattering and that you are against a plain background.
Lighting Back to top
Ideally, you want to avoid glare on your device screens. One way to do this is to have as much natural light as possible, complemented with a soft lighting scheme. This way, you can continue to be productive without having to strain your eyes.
You can also take a look at this lighting guide: What to consider when renovating?
Storage Back to top
Although most of your files may be stored electronically these days, it’s important to figure out how much storage space you are going to require before moving on to other aspects of your office. Long gone are the days of ugly metal file cabinets, you can find several modern and sleek solutions these days—from stylish floating shelves to custom made cupboards.
Interior Design Back to top
When it comes to increasing productivity, it’s all about accessorising. Whether it’s a cork board or whiteboard for your ideas or a vision board with your goals, strive to strike the balance between functionality and aesthetic.
Furniture Back to top
Office chairs often come down to personal preference, but the priority should be comfort, especially if you’re going to be sitting on them from 9 am to 5 pm. Your desk should have room for all your devices: your computer, printer, and anything else you might need.
Internet Back to top
Have you considered a fixed wired internet connection? Wi-Fi is not always completely reliable, and depending on the nature of your job, it may be essential to get the fastest speeds possible.
What are the design considerations when creating a Home Office? Back to top
When thinking of design, it’s about maximising both the functionality as well as the aesthetic and design of your home office. Here are the main things to consider:
Location Back to top
Your home office can be located anywhere, even in your garden! You just have to make sure it doesn’t get too hot in the summer and too cold during winter. Consider an insulation upgrade in your conservatory to keep the elements in check.
Colour Back to top
Finding the most optimal colour palette for your home office is key to get you in a productive mindset. Research shows orange stimulates concentration and boosts creativity while a combination of bright white and purple improves motivation. Feel free to inject your own personality into your home office via your colour choices!
Personalisation Back to top
When it comes to interior design, it’s important to make the space your own. You can do this via pictures of your family, motivational posters, or a bookshelf filled with your favourite titles.
How much does it cost to create a Home Office? Back to top
Although the cost of your home office can depend on many factors, they can be broken down into two categories:
If you are transforming an existing room into your workspace, you can expect to spend between $700 to $5,500.
On the other hand, building an entirely new space can cost between $15,000 to $50,000.
For an exact quote of how much your personal home office is going to cost, get in touch with a Refresh renovation specialist!
Get inspired by our recently completed Home Offices from around the world! Back to top
Check out this light and bright home office in Remuera, Auckland. These kiwi homeowners wanted to convert their garage into an office and renovate their media room at the same time. The Refresh Auckland team transformed the space by painting the walls, installing new lighting, building custom made storage solutions and office cabinetry, as well as a gorgeous laser-cut door! The end result is a welcoming and functional office space.
Refresh converted a garage to a home office in Cranbourne, Melbourne to help these Australian homeowners prepare for their growing family. The garage door was replaced with a stylistic window so that it could only be accessed from within the home. The project features custom wall art and strikes a perfect balance between utility and aesthetics.
This Melbourne home had an unused guest bedroom and Refresh transformed it into a stylish and practical home office! In regards to functionality, the room now contains a meeting table that can seat up to 4 people, has plenty of storage options for files and paperwork, and generous desk space. It also features task lighting that provides optimum light for both daytime and evening work. Aesthetically, the room uses a solid timber floating shelf installed above the desk area, which compliments the look and feel of the newly polished wooden floor. Additional recessed LED strip lighting under the shelf also contributes greatly to the ambience of the room. Check out all the pictures and details!
Meanwhile, this home office in Hughesdale, Melbourne was added through a small home extension. The space to the side of the house was too narrow to be used as an effective garden area, so Refresh was brought in to maximise the available space by building up to the boundary!
If you want to keep your productivity up while you’re at home, get in touch with a local Refresh renovation specialist to find out exactly how much your home office is going to cost!