If you want to remodel your basement but you’re not sure what to do with your space, consider making it a home office.
A home office helps organize and differentiate your space, making it useful whether you work from home part time or full time. Having a place set aside specifically for getting work done will make it much easier to get started with your workday than if you just sit in bed with your laptop. Not only that, but part of home office expenses are often tax deductible.
The Basics of Remodeling Your Basement
Like any basement finishing project, you’ll want to start with getting an inspection. Once you know that the space is structurally sound, you’ll need to take measures to keep moisture out of the basement. Whether that involves waterproofing the space or buying a dehumidifier, keeping your basement dry is crucial to avoiding mold, pest infestations and worse.
When it comes to finishing walls and floors, insulation is important. It helps regulate the climate and also provides a more peaceful, distraction-free place to get work done because it cuts down on noise transfer. This is especially important if you’ll have clients visiting your office.
Further, consider building a separate entrance for clients as well so they won’t have to come through your home in order to meet with you. It gives a more professional appearance.
You can make your space look more impressive clients in other ways too. For example, wall off appliances such as washers, dryers and water heaters or hide them behind a curtain.
You’ll want to evaluate your basement’s connectivity. You need enough outlets to support office electronics like a computer, printer, fax machine, phone and anything else you might need for work. Also, your WiFi needs to be able to reach your basement.
If you don’t have a bathroom in the basement already, getting one put in is a must. Consider adding a kitchenette as well, for convenience. Down the road, this will give you the option of renting out the space if you decide to take an on-site job.
Appropriate storage is necessary in an office as well. Getting cabinets and shelving installed is a great way to stay organized, as well as make the space look tidier. You don’t want clients seeing all of your piles of paper and other clutter. Under-the-stairs storage is another option for making the most of your basement.
Because a basement has little to no natural lighting, getting the right lighting installed is important. When it comes to overhead lighting, avoid bare bulbs and stick with warm, natural-colored light because it will make the room look bigger and brighter. Under-cabinet and plug-in task lighting are helpful for a basement home office.
Falk Construction Can Help
Remodeling your basement is a great first step to having your perfect home office. The better a space looks and feels, the more productive it will allow you to be. Count on Falk Construction to transform your basement into the home office you’ve always wanted. With more than 30 years of experience remodeling basements, bathrooms, kitchens and acting as a general contractor, we’re the Ogden-area go-to team when you’re remodeling your basement.