The home office is a space for creativity & production.

The home office tend to be a big home feature in Southwest Florida and, perhaps, like in other regions around they country they can be a part-time contemplative space or, even, a hide-away. But in our region they tend to be serious work spaces if for no other reason than so many corporate CEOs call the region home – or second home.

Whatever the guiding principles behind the renovation or construction of a serious home office we know from our experience it can be an important, if not essential, element of many homes in Southwest Florida. We’ve renovated or built quite a few.

Custom Study Designed by The Henning Group

Custom Study Designed by The Henning Group

Our friends at Houzz recently surveyed their extensive collection of posted photographs from home offices around the world and identified patterns which lead to the home office becoming an effective and productive space. (By the way, we have a presence on Houzz, too. Come visit us.)

“The term ‘home office’ is kind of misleading,” suggests Houzz editorial staffer Mitchell Parker. “It suggests that the room is all about being an extension of a day at the office. Though that can be a part of what happens in them, home offices also are a place to do so much more. This is where people manage finances, organize family paperwork, keep track of schedules, plan events and corral digital photos.”

Parker suggests including five design tips in your home office to ensure you get the most out of it: (When you’re ready to plan and build a home office, reach out to us.)

1. Find the Power Position

Positioning a desk in a room to face either the entrance or the area where guests or clients sit has a variety of benefits. It makes whoever’s sitting at the desk feel secure because he or she can become aware of when someone enters the room. And it signifies to guests entering the room that the person sitting at the desk is in a position of authority. It’s a good arrangement for anyone who works on sensitive material at home, needs privacy or wants to convey the aforementioned feeling when meeting with clients.

Home Office Study by The Henning Group

Home Office Study by The Henning Group

2. Embrace Multitasking

Working from home isn’t always just about checking and replying to email. The following rooms take into account various tasks, such as crafting, printing, meeting with clients and more with things like large or multiple desks and item-specific storage.

3. Go for a Quiet Study

Sometimes work is silent and contemplative. From writing a letter or a novel (or reading one) to learning a new subject to preparing for an important meeting or presentation the following day, a quiet, simple spot can be incredibly beneficial to productivity.

4. Consider a Niche

A home office need not take up an entire room. The following homes prove that a little creativity can turn tight nooks and crannies into productive spaces.

5. Get Down to Family Business

Oftentimes people need an office-like space to manage family schedules, budgets, chores, events and more. And it’s vital to have a carved-out space for such family business.