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Working from home. What items do you need to complete your work? For example, do you need books, papers, calculators? And in what environment would you want to complete your work? Would you prefer to be close to the TV, next to the kitchen, near a window? If you work from home on a daily basis, it may be most efficient to set up a dedicated, ergonomically appropriate area, ensuring you have enough space to spread out your work and keep frequently used items on hand. If you do not have space for a home office and your dining table is the only option, you may want to allocate space in your dining room buffet, or in a portable storage container, for office supplies. That way, you can clear your dining table once work is complete.
“Why not simply evaluate your needs and your current space and make smaller adjustments to create the home you want today?” — SPACE Architects + Planners LLCThis basically reiterates the last point. But it bears repeating. Stop living like your house is going to be on the market tomorrow (unless it is), or that Houzz is on the way over with a camera crew. Instead, make your house suit the way you live, instead of trying to tailor the way you live to your house. Full story: Get What You Need From the House You Have
Found homework nook. You need a spot for your kids to do homework and use the computer outside their rooms so that you can monitor Internet activity. Why not purge those moving boxes and convert that closet into a computer station the whole family can use?
Make a closet office more than an afterthought. If your only available office space is in a spare closet, that doesn't mean it has to feel like second best. Specifics to keep in mind when converting a closet into an office:• Lighting is key. Add recessed lighting in the ceiling if possible, plus one or two desk lamps.• If you can't find a desk that fits perfectly, have one built (or try a DIY project) to make the best use of the space.• Measure potential desk chairs before buying to be sure they will tuck under the desk enough to close the door(s).• Speaking of doors, try swapping out the standard-issue closet doors for French doors, pocket doors or even crisp curtains.
"Dallas residents are trending towards smaller, more functional spaces; the days of the McMansion are coming to an end, and many clients are asking for space-cautious design," says Wiley Gilliam, president of Modern Craft Construction."In this example, my client desperately needed an office in her home," says Gilliam. "The solution was to add a small space in her master bedroom that could be closed off to look like a closet."