Home-based businesses and working from home have grown significantly in the past few years, perhaps due to advances in technology, which now enable workers to become productive even while at home. A Forbes article two years ago cited that one in five Americans worked from home, either as self-employed entrepreneurs or employees of multinational companies who are telecommuting to maximize time. The number was anticipated to increase by more than 60% within five years.
Home-based professionals need a place on the property that they can use as a work space. This may entail converting a recently vacated bedroom or building another wing as a study. One brilliant idea for a home office, though, is the basement. If your basement isn’t being used as something else at the moment, how about converting it into your work haven?
Initial Inspection
You and your basement remodeling company have many things to settle before the remodeling work can begin. Start with a full inspection of the basement. Your remodeling team will take note of issues, such as possible flooding and power connections. If the basement is a wide open space, you can map out the partitions for your actual work space, a small receiving room, a pantry, and power links. Plan ahead for a separate entrance and an alternative a fire escape.
Naturally, any activity above would be heard below, and the sound of feet may reverberate on the basement ceiling. You have to arrange with your contractor to reinforce the basement’s pillars to handle the weight, and to install soundproof panels to muffle the noise above.
Any office (including a home office) should carry a professional flair from top to bottom, with the flooring a high priority. Consider raising the floor to account for waterproofing, and ask your remodeling contractor what material would be best for the top layer; commercial laminate or moisture-resistant hardwood floors are ideal options.
The challenge in turning basements into home offices is recreating the ambiance of a real office. To this end, your design consultants should consider installing functional lighting systems and painting the place in bright colors (or colors that inspire you) to give it a professional yet comfortable environment. The furnishings should be utilitarian and are easily movable to maximize space.
Having a home office creates a better work-life balance and supports your commitment towards both your professional career and the people who matter to you. At the same time, ensuring that the place is built to be safe and business-like will limit your distractions. A basement remodeling company in Chicago, such as DAL Builders, will be able to transform your basement the way you like it.
How To Transform Your Basement Into A Chic And Functional Home Office, Decoist
Before and After: The Basement Home Office, Lifehacker

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