When you decide to go into business for yourself at home, you have made a big decision for yourself and your family. However, what you may not have considered is the available space and privacy to maintain an office in your home. So, rather than scrap the idea completely, you may want to convert your detached garage into a home office. However, before you begin your office construction, there are a few factors that you should consider. Once you have all of the necessary aspects of turning your garage into a home office taken care of, you will be well on your way to having the perfect office for you.
How Much Time Will You Be Spending In Your Office?
One of the biggest factors to consider is how much time you will actually be spending in your office working. If you are a freelance writer, computer programmer, or marketing research specialist, then you will likely spend the bulk of your time in your office at the computer. However, if you plan to do freelance interior design, party planning, or other work that requires you to be on-site elsewhere, then you will probably only spend limited time in your office.
This is important in regards to heating and cooling your garage turned office. If you will be spending a great deal of time in your home office, you will likely want your office construction contractor to install a full central heating and cooling system into your garage office. However, if your time in your office will be limited, a window air conditioner and space heaters or what are known as supplemental heaters may be sufficient.
Will Your Be Seeing Clients In Your Office?
Another factor to consider in the garage conversion process is whether or not you will be seeing clients in your office. If you will see clients in the office, you will want to be sure to build full walls (rather than leave any exposed insulation or wall support beams showing) and will likely want to finish the ceiling as well. Open space to the peak of the roof and unfinished walls may make your business seem unprofessional to potential clients.
Additionally, if you will be the only person seeing your home office, you do not need to worry about painting the walls, decorating, or finishing touches like baseboards. However, clients will be very attune to such elements. So, if you do plan to see clients in your home office, plan to spend a little more time and money to have your contractor make your space look complete and as professional as possible.
Now that you know a few of the important aspects to consider regarding converting your detached garage into a home office, you can move forward with your plans and get your home business up and running as soon as possible.