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Guest Blogger: Jackie Waters- Transforming Your Garage Into Your Home Office!

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More people are working from home these days, which makes the idea of having a home office go from a luxury to a necessity. If you don’t have room inside your home for an office, an even better option is to use your garage. Your garage space is full of potential, and it gives you plenty of room to work with, so you can create the office that fits exactly what you want and need.

 

Browse Design Ideas

When you’ve decided that a garage-turned-office is the solution you’ve been looking for, the first step is to figure out exactly what your dream home office will look like. The easiest way to get ideas is to search online for images you find exciting. You can either just look for inspiration or collect them on a website like Pinterest to refer to later.

 

Along with determining the look and feel you’re going for, you also want to brainstorm about what you need from a home office when it comes to practical matters. For example, an architect will need a completely different space than someone who runs a web-based business. You want to think about the right layout, the right furniture, and whether you need space for guests. Will you have clients or customers who visit? HomeAdvisor explains that all of these questions will go into planning your space so that it accomplishes what you need.

 

Make it Functional

After the brainstorming session comes the time to put it into action. Creating a functional space should achieve two things: logistical requirements so that it’s a space where you can work, and comfort so that it’s a space where you actually want to work. This begins by deciding things like whether you will stain the concrete floor, and whether you need to drywall the room.

 

Office Essentials: The obvious office essentials include furniture pieces like a desk, chair, and storage. Besides furniture, a functional office also needs an electrical supply so you can have power for lighting and electronics. One detail to keep in mind is how you’ll access the internet since most garages aren’t wired for the internet, and having wire run can be expensive.

 

In this case, a simple option is to use a hotspot device. These devices that enable internet access, like a jetpack or global modem, are affordable to buy, and as long as you have an unlimited data plan, there’s little to no ongoing cost after your initial investment. Plus, this is something that you may even be able to write off on your taxes as a business expense.

 

Layout and Storage: The best layout for your home office will depend on what your everyday work routine looks like. For example, if you have clients visit you may want a conversational seating area that’s separate from your work space. Planning your storage is another element that ties into the layout because you want to have easy access to everything without the risk of clutter creeping in.

 

The most important step for preventing clutter is to make sure everything has a place. So for paperwork, you could go with a traditional filing cabinet or decorative boxes on open shelves to keep papers and miscellaneous items organized. And while you set up storage for the big things, don’t forget the small stuff too, like charging cables and other electronics.

 

During the planning process, it’s smart to consider whether you have anything in your garage currently that will still require storage. One idea for keeping these things organized, especially ones you don’t need to access often, is to follow the advice of DIY Network and build loft storage at the top of the garage.

 

Some of these details, like finding the right storage solutions, can present a challenge with getting your garage-turned-office setup just right. The great thing is that a garage truly is a space that has limitless potential. All you have to do is form the best plan for your needs and bring your vision to life!

You can reach Jackie Waters at jackie@hyper-tidy.com

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Guest Blogger- Suzie Wilson: Budget-Friendly Ways to Build a Home Office When You’re Short on Space


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Can you really set up a home office without sacrificing savings? Well, you will be happy to know that a functional, modest office can work in any size space. All you need are some budget-friendly pointers on tech, planning, furniture and decor to build the office of your dreams. So keep reading for creative ways to save while setting up your small home office.

 

Save Money on All of Your Home Office Tech Needs

 

A small home office can be effective, but only if you have the right tech to power it. Outfitting a home office with even basic equipment used to be expensive, but nowadays, you can go online and research the best deals on tech and equipment to get your office up and running. For instance, when researching the best laptops for business and personal use, you can compare prices to find the best deal. Laptops are a much better choice for a smaller home office since they take up very little space, and you can find lightweight, affordable options to fit both your workload and your budget.

 

If you don’t have a pressing need for printed materials, you can save yourself some more cash (and keep clutter out of your small space) by forgoing the purchase of a printer. But if you do need a printer at home, there are several multifunction models that will offer the best performance for your money.

 

Cut Costs With a Creative Location for Your Home Office

 

When it comes to carving out office space at home, it can be a challenge to your mind and budget to remodel an unused area. Just the average basement remodel can cost anywhere from $6,500 to around $20,000 depending on what work the space needs. In some cases, however, it’s worth moving ahead with the expenditure, especially if it can benefit the sale of your home later.

 

When renovating a space, keep in mind how the change affects the overall structure of your home. If you’re extending out from your house, you’ll need a reputable electrician and plumber to check the wiring and plumbing respectively; you’ll also want a highly-rated, experienced roofing company to have your roof inspected and surveyed for extension; and you’ll need a qualified technician to make sure any ductwork can be properly routed to your HVAC. It’s a lot to consider.

 

Alternatively, you can save a ton by opting to take your home office outside. A garage office renovation may be a more practical approach, and you are likely to use fewer funds to get the job done. Or, if you really want a separate space and you need it fast, a pre-engineered steel building can be built quickly and efficiently without putting too much pressure on your wallet. Not to mention that by building with steel, you can count on durability and energy efficiency.

 

Moving your office into a dedicated space outside is a great way to keep yourself productive since you won’t be distracted by the responsibilities of everyday home life. Plus, claiming the home office credit come tax season may be easier if your work area is completely separate from the rest of your home. Just be sure that your exterior home office is only used for business and you could see a big gain on your taxes.

 

Support Your Budget By Buying Multi-Use Office Furniture

 

When you are working or living in a smaller space, it’s wise to look for furnishings that can provide multiple functions inside your home. The same is definitely true for home office furniture. Luckily, some of the most diverse home and office furnishings are also ones that should fit perfectly into even the most limited budgets. You can use screens to provide separation between your work and living spaces, or find desks that fold up to offer more space when you need it. You can also get creative with secondhand and vintage finds to maximize your budget and space even more. Check out online selling sites to score leftover filing cabinets from closing businesses, or look for deals at your local thrift stores. Try to visit stores a few times to find the best deals on furniture you can repurpose, but don’t waste your money on items that are beyond your ability to repair.


You don’t have to skimp on style or efficiency to fit your home office into a small budget. Really, all it takes is some creativity and cost-cutting savings to get everything you need to design a home office that is ready to work for you.

 

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Posted by on October 21, 2019 in Organizing

 

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