4 Questions To Start A Home Office Remodel

With businesses working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been hearing many people considering a home office remodel. And if you don’t have an office space at your home, you may be wishing you did right now! This space in your home is a sanctuary at times and becomes very important. While this room may seem simple, there are 4 questions to start your home office remodel:

1) How are things arranged?

Considering the arrangement of desks, outlets, and more is important in any room, but especially so in your home office. Take an extra second picking out a desk location as you’re going to spend a large amount of time in this spot. Do you want the desk looking out a window? Are there enough windows in the room? Are there enough outlets? Are you going to have cables running everywhere or will it be a quick, organized plugin? Thinking about these questions ahead of time will make your office a more comfortable and convenient place to work.

2) Is there enough storage? 

It’s much easier to be in a home office when it is clean. And it is easier to keep clean if there is plenty of storage space. Many home offices don’t have a large amount of square footage, so you may have to get creative. Think vertically and horizontally when it comes to cabinets. Your design team will be able to present ideas to maximize storage in your space. 

3) What colors do I want in my office? 

Similarly, since you will be in this office frequently, make sure the colors are right for you. Colors can have different effects on your mood. For example, warm colors like red, orange, or yellow create energy and optimism. Blue, however, will make you feel calm or soothed. Make sure to give some extra thought to what you’re looking for in your home office.

4) How do I want to light my home office?

Straining your eyes in poor lighting is not an option for your home office. You need to be able to focus for long periods of time. Natural lighting is always a great option for your home office. But depending on the location of your office in your home, that may not be an option. Your design team will help advise if they think it is enough lighting for space or how to improve it. 

It may seem overwhelming starting the remodel process in your home office, especially with so much else going on. But your design team is here to help and we’ll make sure all your office is exactly what you need.

5 Tips for Social Distancing with Your Children

With the recent closures many schools, Colorado parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to remain productive with kids in the house. Social distancing with your children and staying productive may seem impossible. But there is a way to make this time useful for you and your children.

1) Make a (flexible) schedule.

You don’t want these weeks to turn into a never-ending snow day. Creating some structure and schedule will help keep your sanity. It will also help remind your kids to take some time for constructive activities. That being said, you’ll need to be somewhat forgiving on that schedule. This is a big change for you and your kids. You don’t want to set a schedule so tight that if it gets off a bit it disrupts the whole day. Do your best to add structure, but know it may get off and that’s okay!

2) Stock up – not just on toilet paper.

Amazon will still deliver to your house, so make sure you have the essentials. But also make sure you have enough supplies for homeschooling and fun activities. Here are some recommendations from the many options online:

3) Get some Vitamin D.

We are lucky to be in Colorado where it is still sunny. Get some energy out on a bike ride around the block, throwing a frisbee in the backyard, or even some inside games. Some parents are going as far as creating hopscotch boards & mazes on their floors with painters tape in their living room. Get creative and you’ve got great options inside too!

4) Stay social.

Social distancing is hard because of just that – the distance. Depending on the age of your children, they may be very worried about their social life. However, you may also be worrying about how much internet time to allow and what sites are really okay. Some Skype or Facetiming with friends and family will keep your children feeling social and in a more upbeat mood. (It’s also a good idea for you, too!)

5) Teach life lessons.

Many parents are worried their children’s education will stop when schools are closed. While doing your best of continuing lessons through some books and online courses, you can also capitalize on this opportunity by focusing on life lessons. Teach them to cook, do laundry, and so on. You may even get a helper in the kitchen before you know it!

More important than these tips, remember to stay calm and find the positive in extra family time!

4 Tips For Remodeling A Kid’s Room

Starting a remodeling process is always difficult. There are a lot of questions and decisions that need to be made. But when you’re remodeling your child’s room, you may have even more questions. How do you pick a theme, the furniture, and everything else when there is a small voice with an important opinion too? We’ve been through this process before and have some tips!

1. Pick a theme

This can be a fun part of remodeling a kid’s room. When else do you get to pick a superhero theme during the design process? Make sure to incorporate your child’s thoughts while picking a theme. You want them to be excited about it, also! Considering things like their favorite hobbies, animals, sports, and more will help you pick a theme quickly. Creativity is encouraged in their room! However, you will also want to make sure that the theme allows for their growth. Picking things that can be easily replaced that match the theme like accessories and paint will make remodeling in a few years much easier!

2. Consider the functionality

When you’re starting the design process, it helps to consider what that space will be used for in the future. Does your child need a desk for homework or do they need a play space? Do they need a full bed or a twin bed? Some of these questions will be answered by when you expect to redo the room and how old they will be then. A nursery and playroom have different styles and needs than a room for a teenager.

3. Storage, storage, storage!

In every room, it’s really important to consider storage. In your child’s room, it is extra important. Keeping the room clean will be easier if everything has a spot. Thinking about this early in the design process will help you in the long run. You can never have too much storage!

4. Choosing a flooring option

Different flooring options will give the room different feels. It depends on what you’re hoping for in the room. Hardwood is easier to clean and is more resilient to a child’s habits. Carpet provides some cushioning for children learning to walk and some padding between floors for noise if the room is upstairs. These are hard decisions. But don’t worry. Your design team will be able to help your child – and you – get the room of their dreams!

Contact us to get started designing.