Garage Home Office
The work environment has forever changed in the last few months. Millions of people are now working from home. Thousands of businesses will never return to the traditional office environment. As home becomes the new office, that home office space is becoming a challenge. Many people simply do not have room inside their home for a dedicated home office. Additions and home add-ons are expensive. A garage home office might be the perfect solution.
What is a Garage Home Office?
A Garage Home Office is turning all or part of your garage into livable space. This space can include all or part of the garage. Using the space in your garage is much cheaper than an addition. There are no outside walls or roofs to build. There are no floors to pour or assemble.
Garage Home Offices are a cost-effective way to add more space. You can add up to 10% to the value of your home and gain valuable extra living space. Garage Home Offices also mean you will not lose any garden space like you would with an extension.
What do I need to know about a Garage Home Office?
The first thing is how much of your garage do you need? DAD’s Construction is an expert at Garage Home Offices. As a design/build contractor, we can help you with this decision. Using our expert drafting service, you will see exactly what your new garage space will look like before any work begins. Our proprietary 3-deminsional full color drawing approach leaves nothing to chance.
Part of deciding the amount of space needed, is how you will be using the space. When you worked in a traditional office setting, a lot went on behind the scenes to create that work environment. Having an efficient and productive home office requires the same level of performance.
Here are 10 of the most important things you need to know when thinking about a garage home office:
- Wi-Fi – the strength and reach of the Wi-Fi.
- Air conditioning and heating.
- Lighting – this includes the type and placement of lighting (this is more important than you may realize).
- Office equipment and furniture – How will it be positioned?
- Natural light.
- Telephones – land line and or cell phone?
- Sound transmission – both coming into and out of your new office space.
You will need a building permit to perform your Garage Home Office. DAD’s takes care of this for you. If you add a window, change the location of or add a door, you will likely need Homeowners Association (HOA) approval. DAD’s provides you with the drawings for your HOA application along with any required material information.