Now that we do most of our work and business at home, having a clean workspace has become more essential than ever. As we continue with telecommuting and conducting business at home, we find ourselves carving out a workspace from the existing space we have at home, repurposing an underutilized room, remodeling our existing home office space, or completely adding a new room for this purpose.
But before starting work on any of these projects, the following things must be considered: waste disposal, building codes and requirements, and design completion. That said, here are three things that you should put on your list before you start with your project:
Plan for Clean Up Management
The construction phase of a new room entails construction waste. On top of that, purging an existing office space or clearing the space you intend to use as your workspace means you’ll have boxes of junk and unused furniture to dispose of, on top of the construction waste.
In this case, it would be wise to rent a roll-off dumpster to take care of the disposal for you. This way you can prep your space starting with a thorough cleaning and dispose of construction waste responsibly, throughout the duration of the project.
Should you decide to clear up your outdoor space and get rid of clutter in your storage at the same time, you can take advantage of the capacity of a roll-off dumpster to contain all of your disposables.
This takes one huge task off your list and allows you to accomplish it with less worry and in a less laborious manner as well.
Proper disposal of junk and construction waste is usually overlooked and under prioritized. But not having a clean-up management plan in place before construction work begins means you might end up piling all the dirt and debris in your yard, which can ruin your lawn. Some neighbors might also feel unsettled seeing a huge amount of debris sitting on your lawn, which might lead to unnecessary confrontation. To avoid any of these problems, make sure you have a waste disposal plan in place and one that is available from beginning to end: a roll-off dumpster is the best solution.
Consult the Professionals
While it’s tempting to DIY a room addition or when repurposing a room, it’s best to consult building professionals who can help you completely achieve the outcome that you have in mind.
When adding a room, it’s ideal to consult with an architect who can help you create a plan that puts the design and the functionality requirements that you want. A structural engineer will determine the best type of materials to use for the construction and an electrical engineer can help with the electrical requirements for the new space. A construction team will be the ones to put things together and take care of the rough-in phase as well.
Aside from making sure that the structure is safe and sturdy, you can also be sure that it meets building codes and construction requirements. It’s also worth noting that any addition or remodeling done to the property will only be counted in the square footage if it has been completed or finished. Allowing people with knowledge and experience in planning, designing, and building spaces is the best way to ensure full project completion in a timely manner.
Interior Design and Decoration
Once the project is complete and the home office is ready for the finishing touch, it’s time to fill the space with furniture and decorative elements to bring the space to life. While it’s true that you can decorate the space by yourself, working with the guidance of an interior designer or a professional decorator, depending on what you need, will be a nice finish to the project. They can help you pick the right furniture for your space and make sure that every piece fits the overall design that you are going for.
However, if you’re renovating your space to accommodate a home office, the space planning should be done by an interior designer. An interior designer can plan and decorate the space, while an interior decorator concentrates on decorating and furnishing the space.
Though many would say it’s easy to fill and pick pieces for a home office, creating a harmonious, put-together look is another thing. There’s no harm in getting tips and learning from the pros. Designing your home office with the guidance of people who understand the technical aspects of the matter allows you to gather useful information and use this learning in designing other spaces in your home in the future.
That said, working with an interior designer or a professional decorator is well worth every dollar paid for their services.
The success of these projects depends on an efficient work plan that includes waste management, following building codes and requirements, as well as creating a space that is functional and thoughtfully decorated. The points mentioned above make excellent additions to your work plan, so make sure to include them in your list.