Creating and designing a home office is a good idea. However, it is important to state that it is not an easy task. Having a home office comes with a lot of advantages such as allowing you to return home from work even with heaps of uncompleted projects. The home office will provide you with all the privacy and seclusion you need, coupled with a quiet environment that seems like your actual office so as to complete work projects with ease. It is believed that the difficulties that you may face in designing your ideal home office are commensurate with the comfort and privacy it offers once it is completed. This guide will highlight few important factors you should consider before going ahead to convert an attic to your home office.
Converting an attic to a home office is an amazing idea as it will provide you with the privacy, seclusion from the activities of the home. It will also provide you with quiet away from other parts of the home. Aside from the privacy and quiet work area, it can be locked when not in use just like your actual office. However, there is a lot of work to do in order to make it perfect because, due to the way the attic is built, it may not bring all the comfort you desire without a price.
You may only need to introduce a few accessories such as a table, a chair, a rug and few power sockets into a normal room to convert it into a home office but for an attic, you’ll need more than that because it can get hot and uncomfortable during the day. You have to go an extra mile to ensure that the attic is conducive to you and your electronic appliances. Here are some few things to consider when converting the attic into a conducive home office.
Is The Conversion Possible?
The most important thing to consider before going ahead to convert an attic to your home office is whether the attic is convertible. With a careful inspection, you will be able to tell if the attic is convertible or not. You should consider inviting an expert to have a look if you are not able to get an outright answer to this question.
How About Ventilation?
The attic by its nature gets hot easily because it is directly under the sun and all the heat from the home moves upward towards it. For this reason, the need to consider creating a ventilation system becomes imperative. You may want to consider installing a window or any other means to achieve this end. The window will also serve as an emergency exit in case of any hazards.
Is Exit Safe And Easy?
This is another important question that needs to be answered in the affirmative before proceeding to make the conversion. If the exit is not safe and easy, you may want to consider building a new one or forget about the attic conversion altogether. For instance, it is best if the attic can be easily accessed from inside your home. However, the same cannot be said if you need to pass a ladder from the outside of your home to access the attic. The main purpose of creating a home office is to have a comfortable, secluded and quiet environment to complete work projects. The entire idea will be frustrated if the attic is inaccessible unless through a difficult process.
What Are The Accessories I Need?
The accessories you need are those that will provide you with additional comfort and protection from the heat in the attic such as protective clothing, cooling vest, and a fan or a mini air conditioner. The protective clothing such as long sleeves clothing and pants will go a long way to protect your skin in the attic by keeping covered thereby decreasing the amount of heat that will get into your body through the skin. The cooling vest also helps to give you a cool feeling while working in the attic.
Furthermore, it is important to carefully inspect the attic and know what it will take to convert it into a home office before proceeding to commence the conversion. After conversion, you should consider working late in the evening and early in the morning as the sun will be less harsh during this time of the day compared to in the afternoon. Always drink a lot of water before going into the attic and consider going along with cool electrolytes sports drinks. Taking frequent breaks while working in the attic to places with normal temperature may also give your body the chance to normalize.