If you’re tired of clearing a spot at the kitchen table every time there’s desk work to be done, consider converting a spare bedroom into a home office. You can obtain the peace and privacy that you need to perform well. You also receive the benefit of being able to leave your work set up at your desk. Plus, if you use this part of your home for business, you may be able to receive the home office deduction on your taxes.

Creating a high-functioning office in a spare bedroom takes careful planning. You should think about storage, electrical outlets, lighting, and aesthetics. We’re happy to assist you with drawings that will help give you a better idea of how your new office will look once the conversion is finished.

The before photos are of the original home office that our client arranged simply by moving his desk and other equipment into his spare bedroom. He was frustrated, however, because his office layout was inefficient and lacked storage space.

We designed a wall of maple cabinetry by Dynasty in their lustrous Pearl painted finish. This included a stained wood veneer desktop, filing cabinets and space for a printer and other equipment. The original bedroom closet now offers a built-in melamine closet organization system for miscellaneous office supplies. The existing bedroom carpet was replaced with engineered, pre-finished hardwood flooring.

To accommodate our client’s needs, we installed new outlets in the desk area, plus four new recessed lights with a dimmer, and a ceiling fan. The cable TV jack and phone jack were relocated to the desk area as well.

During the time that we were working on this client’s home office, we also were remodeling his bedrooms and two bathrooms. Westside’s standard processes for dust control and careful removal of all construction-related debris made it easy for our client to stay in his home while the work was being completed.

Be sure to call us at Westside if you need some help designing your home office: 805-499-4121.

— Bob Sturgeon

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