My wife and I recently built a new home. Since I work from home I needed a home office. It was not a want it was a need. To make it happen we had to give up a little a little bit of space in the kids rooms but since they are little it was okay. We are planning on building another house when they get a little older so I was not worried about it at the time. Below are a few things to consider when adding a home office to your house.
I have lots of electronics in my office including a copying machine. Because they copy machine is such a huge electricity suck we opted to have the office on its on circuit. In our previous house it was not uncommon for the copy machine to cause the breakers to go off. So consider how much electrical equipment you will have in your office and talk with the electrician about this.
I wish at the time I would have had custom shelving installed. Built in shelving and cabinets would have given my office a more refined look and made it a little bit more functional as well as creating more usable space for books and storage.
The home builder in Medford Oregon we used saved us a great deal of pain with my office and the laundry room by making one simple suggestion. Flipping where they were located. The way we had it originally the office was next to the garage and the laundry room was next followed by one of the kids bedrooms.
By switching this around we got rid of the door that would have led into the dining room, free up space, and that door goes directly into the laundry room. Now my wife can run laundry at night and not worry about our youngest being woke up when the laundry hits the spin cycle. It’s amazing when you have professional help with a trained eye. I don’t think we would have noticed this one little thing until it was too late. So kudos to our home builder.