It was always an idea, a plan to build a home office in the garage. But I certainly didn’t foresee the reason I would start working from home quite so often. For years this sort of working life was more of a distant dream. I certainly imagined a future workplace with virtual reality meetings and huge video walls for conferencing. But after the rapidly evolving situation that started early last year a large percentage of the workforce had to settle with a new reality, less virtual, more laptop-on-the-kitchen-table.
What started out as a temporary stop-gap measure turned into a few months. Now, a year after the start of the global pandemic the future of the workplace is still more than a little blurry. While nothing is certain in this ever-changing landscape, we think a dedicated station for home working is going to be a desirable element in any residential property. Mid term certainly, but likely long term too. Imagining a path back to “how it was before” is a stretch by any count.
The number one, and most obvious benefit, is a quiet(er) place away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Be it a barking dog, an earnestly practising musician or even just the TV; to get the most from home working the thinking brain’s environment needs to be distraction free.
Replacing face-to-face communication with today’s technology is fine. But you only get the full benefit if discussions can be had without the effort to move to another room, go outside or close a door. We should not lose our ability to efficiently collaborate as part of the bargain to WFH ( Work From Home ).
A great added benefit of the project to build a home office in your garage is to simply give you another warm and comfortable room. If you’ve been toying with the idea of an extension this could be the cheaper way to gain that extra habitable room. With the addition of a futon or sofa bed you’ve gained a guest room if needed. Room for a couple of sofas and you’ve got a second living or communal area if your house is crowded. Simply put, it’s a cost effective way to increase the living area of your property. If this is something that is of interest try to keep it in mind when planning.