As society has learned to cope with the effects of the pandemic, there have been many changes to the way that people live and work. The government has asked individuals to work from home if at all possible, and it seems that many thousands have decided to adopt this approach on a permanent basis. Yet they will need to be as productive as possible when working in a home environment and may need to allocate a dedicated space in an already cramped home. If you're in this position, you may be thinking about adding an extension, but how can you make the most out of this project?
Doing the Job Properly
Some people who choose to work from home may allocate a corner of the living room and hope for the best. This is not likely to be successful, however, especially if they are unable to block themselves out from surrounding noise or the attentions of younger family members. Productivity experts will also advise a certain amount of isolation, as this allows the individual to switch off and focus on important work matters on an ongoing basis. There is always a danger that work and home life could simply blend together, and this would not be a good scenario from a long-term, mental health point of view.
Bright, Open and Inspirational
With this in mind, make sure that you design your office extension properly and make the space into a place that you want to be. Incorporate bright colours and plenty of natural light, and put your workstation front and centre as well. If you can, incorporate a large window that will allow you to look out over a nice view. This will help you to get some inspiration if you're stuck on a project, but make sure that you design the space in such a way that you do not have to deal with too much glare when trying to focus on a screen.
Plan for some adjacent wall space close to your workstation so that you can add a message board or post some inspirational prints or photos as needed. Add plenty of power sockets along the wall so that you don't have to do deal with extension cords and messy wires, all of which can ruin your concentration.
Work with your builders and architects to come up with a masterpiece. And remember, this needs to be an inspirational and productive space, where you generate the income to look after the rest of your family.
For more information about home extensions, contact a local renovation contractor.