If you’re building a custom home and you know you’ll be working remotely for the foreseeable future, then you need to design your home accordingly.
A home (and home office) that’s been thoughtfully designed with work-from-home necessities in mind will make your life so much simpler. To that end, we’ve put together some custom home design ideas that we think any remote employee would absolutely love.
You can thank us later.
1. Dedicated room for your workspace.
Working from the kitchen table isn’t going to cut it anymore. Whether you plan on working from home a few days a week or full time, you need to have your own quiet space away from the kids and other noisy distractions. Otherwise, you can kiss any hopes for productivity and focus goodbye.
This private room should have a spacious desk with lots of drawers and other organizational features. You want to keep your space as clutter-free as you can.
And if you really want to optimize your organization, add built-in shelves and a generous closet.
2. Natural lighting everywhere.
Having windows in your home office is a must. But you should opt for windows everywhere if you can swing it.
Think about it: Even though you’re working from your home office, you’ll still be taking breaks and spending chunks of time in other rooms of the house after work hours. Since you’re not getting outside as much now that you don’t commute, your mental health will benefit greatly from copious sunlight indoors.
This won’t be an option for everyone, but if your budget allows for it, soundproof your home office. Between Zoom meetings, conference calls, and the rest of your family members, there’s plenty of noise you’ll want to block out. You won’t regret it.
4. Thoughtful planning of outlets and routers.
Make sure your custom home builder coordinates with the electrician to install a powerful electric panel and as many outlets as possible. Honestly, could you ever have too many outlets?
Even beyond the four walls of your home office, everyone else in your household will have multiple devices that need to be plugged in or charged at any given time. Do your family a favor by planning for this reality.
And on the same note, make sure the WiFi signal is strong enough to keep up with everyone’s internet needs. That might require multiple cable jacks, routers, or WiFi boosters.
5. Improved ventilation for indoor air quality.
Many homeowners are surprised to find out their indoor air is often more polluted than the air outside.
This is because our advances in energy-efficient home design mean very little air escapes your home on its own. When your windows and doors have airtight seals, air gets trapped inside—which means dust, allergens, VOCs, and other pollutants are trapped, too. So, if you’re going to be at home 24/7, you’ll want to consider installing an air ventilation or filtration system that turns over air and keeps it clean.
For your convenience, John Falvella Construction Services is up to date with all of the latest innovations in custom home design, work-from-home features, and today’s most desired amenities. With an in-house architect, we’re the custom home builder you can trust to make your home office dreams a reality.
Call now to start planning!