One of the best parts of the new house is the home office. This is my productivity cave. I can go there and shut myself in and because I am ‘at work’ I don’t get as many interruptions. One of my work colleagues visited recently and playfully commented it was like a grown up cubby house and she is right – it does feel a bit like a large playhouse and I hope we all continue to have fun as well as be productive in it.
Having a separate home office was one of the primary reasons we decided to build a new home. The Old Queenslander was lovely as a family home, however the office was part of the house and it was so easy to get distracted with home stuff like laundry or cooking when I really should have been concentrating on paid work.
Once we decided to build, our brief to the architect was for a separate home office, preferably to the front of the home as this is more effective for staff or visitors to access and separates them from our personal space – or it would if staff weren’t family and friends. We always liked the idea of a Fonzie flat, a self-contained apartment over the garage that takes its name from the popular ‘Fonzie’ character played by Henry Winkler in the Happy Days comedy series. Therefore, placing the office over the carport made sense. The design also included lots of windows as I wanted a light and airy space. We can now sit/stand at the desks and enjoy the view over the tops of most of the nearby houses.
Whilst I currently run a business, it seemed like a sensible idea to create the home office with some thought to a future where we may have retired. With both current needs and future planning in mind, we incorporated a kitchenette into the layout. At the moment, this is great for making cups of tea or coffee and snacks without having to go into the house. The office also has a toilet with the potential to install a shower down the track with only a minor renovation. This design will allow us to potentially rent out the space to a business person needing a small office or perhaps to a student studying at the nearby University.
It appears that I am not alone in my desire for a home office. More and more workers are getting tired of 60 to 90 minute commutes and congested roads. With the NBN being rolled out across the country and the increase in WiFi capacity, telecommuting is becoming more popular – so popular that my computer didn’t blink an eyelid (or underline in red) the word telecommuting when I typed it in – obviously it has become part of our vocabulary. An agent who came to value our home noted the office space and emphasised the value this added, as he had experienced an increase in the number of enquiries for a separate, dedicated room that could be used as a home office by professionals.
So, my own dedicated, separate place is perfect for allowing me to be more productive and leave my work behind me when I close the door.
Of course, that is my ‘work life’. I am writing this particular post whilst relaxing in the family room! The words just seems to flow better that way…