Every time my family moves to a bigger house because we outgrew the previous one, we eventually fill up the bigger space. It seems like the more space we have the more things we collect until our house is bursting at the seams.
We are happy in the home we have now and don’t plan on moving anytime soon, so instead of getting a bigger space, we are going to make the most of the space we already have.
(1) Get Creative: To allow your garage to become a Garage Office, look into changing your garage floors to something more appealing than your normal rusty and soiled garage floors. For instance, Global Garage Flooring and Design has a Solid system that is designed to provide a seamless solid color finish to any concrete surface and a Concrete Dye system that incorporates High quality Concrete dyes. Also, look into giving your garage a fresh, clean look by painting it in light colors or applying a quick coat paint on your garage’s door to create a professional look, and to welcome employees, colleagues, and clients.
(2) Create Open Space: Anyone can spot those Halloween and Christmas decorations that you use once a year, or items that you cannot fit inside of your closets, basement, or attic. Make room for your essential office tools by clearing up the unnecessary clutter. Creating and managing the extra space yourself gives a personalized feeling while working in your new garage office that you won’t even feel like your office used to be a garage. Look into getting rubber totes that are perfect for storing anything.
(3) Temperature: If you’re going to use your garage as your home office for a long time, you may want to put efforts in to wiring your home to enable the temperature of your garage, and even your driveway, to perfectly match that of the rest of your home. You do not want an office that is TOO COLD in the WINTER and/or TOO HOT in the SUMMER. You could also purchase a mobile heater or a/c unit that is portable and doesn’t require rewiring anything.
(4) Lighting: This is almost always overlooked, but a dark or dim garage can cause you to be counterproductive. With the right lighting, you will be able to handle your business accordingly, and you will remain alert and professional. Bright lighting helps when taking photos and makes you feel more awake throughout the day.
(5) Viewing is Everything – Try to Incorporate great landscaping around your garage to provide a desirable connection from the street to your office. It’s a great focal point for writers who need to get a little inspiration.
(6) Keep Costs Down – Things such as Wireless Internet, HVAC, insulation, walls, built-in cabinetry, lighting fixtures, and furniture can get costly rather quickly – please make sure to keep an eye on your pockets. Planning is everything so be sure to get estimates before getting any outside work done, this way you will know what you are in for even though as with any project there is likely to be unexpected expenses. Add ten percent on to your estimates for good measure and this should help ease the pain when you get hit with a higher bill.