Now that work habits have changed and employees are continuing working from home for at least some of the week, houses need to serve a dual purpose. Sophie Pickett-Heaps, Co-Head of Design at Stockland, shares three tips on how you can create the perfect workspace at home that not only meets your needs during working hours, but also ensures you can get space from work when it’s time to relax at home.
This is essential. There’s no point having a desk setup that looks amazing but leaves you struggling to move at the end of the day. To ensure your home office setup is as comfortable as it is functional, Sophie recommends:
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If you aren’t able to dedicate a room as a home office, you’ll need to look at other areas where you could create a study nook or put your work from home desk. Sophie says transition areas like landings and hallways can be perfect for this purpose, as they often have sections where you can comfortably tuck yourself away without disrupting the overall flow of the home.
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By considering multiple uses for a single space, Sophie suggests most homes can meet both living and working needs. It all comes down to making spaces work harder and could involve:
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Stockland builder partners offer a wide range of floorplans and designs to ensure your dream home provides the perfect dual-purpose balance of work and lifestyle. To help start the process, consider whether you would like (or need) a single or double-storey home, and the minimum number of bedrooms you need. Then you can decide how to best factor in a home office – and any lifestyle-focused areas like home theatres.
Your builder will be invaluable to you. Here are some ideas to discuss with them:
- Work out whether you need to add or remove rooms to suit the size of your family – maybe single rooms instead of the kids sharing one?
- Ensure an outdoor living area is not only suitable for a weekend or evening barbecue, but also lets you break up your working day by taking a meeting outside. That means thinking about plenty of shade to eliminate any laptop-screen glare.
- Discuss storage options so your home doesn’t become cluttered with items that should be locked up – try beds with storage compartments, installing shelves and extra bathroom storage. Think carefully about the size and layout of any home office.