It’s hard to be productive from the kitchen table. It’s the heart of the home – it’s not designed for work. In a few short months, we’ve gone from eating a Pret sandwich at our office desk to eating full family dinners at it.
By creating a separate space, you can be more productive at work, and you can be more present with your family. The move towards home working doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, and an extension or a conversion can make work from home feel a little less like home from work.
Could you turn your loft into an office?
Most lofts can be converted. If you have a loft that is at least 2.4 metres high (we’ll wait while you go and fetch your measuring tape…) a loft conversion could be the answer to your office woes. We’ll help you answer all the questions you may have; how do I make it accessible? If there’s a water tank, can it be moved? It’s unlikely a loft conversion would need planning permission, but we can tell you whether your loft conversion would be approved by building regulations. Then we’ll help you make the most of your space and light to create the perfect environment for all that deep work you’ve not been able to do from your kitchen.
Or your garage?
Does your garage currently look like the middle aisle in Aldi? Would you not prefer a desk, a chair and some peace and quiet? Garage conversions typically don’t need planning permission and can be a very quick and cost effective way to design the home office of your dreams. As well as crucial considerations like light, we also help to make sure your garage flows into the home, so your commute is far more soothing than it used to be! We can also cover the garage door with a wall and our in-house interior designers make sure it doesn’t feel like a garage, even though it used to be one.
Or maybe it’s better to look at an extension?
An extension can be a more expensive route to add space to your home, but it can be far cheaper than moving to a bigger home when stamp duty, moving fees, legal fees and everything else a move entails are considered. With our quick quote, you can get a clear idea of exactly how much an extension will cost. With an extension, you truly have a blank canvas. We can work with you on unlimited design revisions to make sure you have a space to make the perfect home office – or give you a bigger living space so another room can be converted to become your new home office.
How to make the most of your light
Natural light is key to the look and feel of any design, that’s where we come in. If you want to know how to work with what you’ve got, or where you could add the likes of an oriel window or even a skylight, we’ve got you covered. The quality of light in any room is important, but for a home office, you want to really make the most of it. Goodbye overhead fluorescent strip lights, hello office golden hour.
Navigating planning and building warrants
When it comes to making alterations to your home, it can be tough to know the best way to approach things. We will be able to guide you through each step of the process, from getting planning permission or any building warrants required right through to the design and finishing touches. And just like that, you’ll have the perfect home office – or as we like to call it, ‘Zoom set’.
Once you’ve decided which four walls will become your new dreamy home office, it’s time to turn your hand to other important matters such as the look and feel of your space. Do you want to keep it minimal? Go all-out? And where will you hide all of those annoying cables?
The best bit about having a home office is you get to ditch the notice boards and fake plants for a more personal, calming workspace. The good news for you is that we can even help with the little details like where your new standing desk should go and what uplighters to choose.
Whatever your ideal home office looks like, HOKO can help to make it happen. Interested? Why not get in touch today and start the process?