How to Remodel Your Basement Into a Home Office
When it comes to working from home, you want to have a functional and efficient space. Creating an office area separate from the rest of your home is crucial to leaving work at work, and if you have a basement, this might be an ideal location.
Home remodeling on a lower level, like the basement, typically offers a quieter area and needed separation, so here are some tips to help you get started!
Assess the Area
The first thing you will need to do with this type of home addition is to assess your ability to hook up any electronics that will be required for your job. This can include equipment like:
HVAC systems for comfort
The assessment is crucial because it lets you know if the area will fit your needs to support your roles with your job or business.
Consider Foot Traffic
If you live in a household with many people, this could be a concern. If a lot of foot traffic comes and goes between the basement and other areas of the home, you will need to ensure you can organize the space during work hours.
Perform an Inspection
Inspecting the space is also essential because you are looking for waterproofing measures and ensuring you can escape if there is an emergency. Checking the floor and ceiling for leaks or cracks is another recommendation to include in the inspection.
What Space Is Available?
Before you pursue any construction, we recommend meeting with a professional to create a layout of what will meet your needs in the area. Another consideration is looking at the placement of existing outlets and lighting.
Do You Need a Separate Entrance?
If you plan on hosting clients, having a separate entrance can make a difference in the overall experience. If you are considering adding a door, you will want to contact a professional contractor to ensure this adjustment meets building codes.
Note Areas of Concern
The last thing you want to deal with is having to do any repairs once you've completed your office space. Noting if areas have moisture issues or need new walls installed can save you time and money. During the initial phase, note areas of concern so your remodeling contractor can find the right solution.
Choose Upgraded Lighting
Anyone who's worked in an office environment knows how critical it is to have the right lighting, and if you already have lots of natural light in the space, it may not be as much of a concern.
However, because most basements are underground, getting the right amount of natural light can be challenging, so don't hold back when planning. Choosing various lighting options can maximize your needs, so investing in ambient and overhead lighting and task lamps with dimmable bulbs is recommended.
Select the Right Storage
Storage in your basement space is key to efficient productivity, so plan for your current and future needs simultaneously. An optimized storage area can help create an inspiring and functional space, whether you are working with a small area or the entire room.
Pick a High-Quality Flooring Material
The flooring you choose for your office should be an anti-slip material with high acoustic absorption and resistance to wear and tear in an office. Carpet and hardwood are common options for basements. However, the two top choices for offices tend to include:
Laminate has soundproofing abilities and is easy to install. It also comes in various finishes, looks, and colors with imitation oak and pine options that do not require high maintenance.
Vinyl is popular in both industrial and domestic environments due to its high levels of durability. Cushioning can be added to help make it more comfortable to work on; it's also incredibly hygienic and easy to clean, making it ideal for busy work spaces.
TLC Remodeling: Free Estimates & Streamlined Services
Working from home can be highly beneficial, and you want a functional space that you can leave behind at the end of the day, so TLC Remodeling is here to help. We are family-owned and work hard to provide all our clients with a system that offers a personalized and streamlined approach to our creative design.
We not only specialize in basement remodels but various other services, including bathroom remodeling in the Minnesota area.
Let's get started on your office space today! Contact us online or at 763-241-8871 to speak with one of our interior specialists.