Plan a Home Office No Matter Your Life Stage
The Covid pandemic changed the world and how we work in it. To this point, the need for a home office has never been more relevant. Gone are the days when a home office/library was a luxury for the uber-wealthy. Today, over 35% of the United States workforce who are able to work from home, do.
Yankee Barn Homes is no different as we have staff members who work from home. Our marketing team is outsourced. The two amazing women who own the marketing firm both work from their respective homes. Not only are they in states other than where YBH is based, they are both young moms with four children between them. Their need for home offices is not an extravagance, it’s a necessity.
In a recent marketing meeting, we were discussing potential topics for upcoming blog articles. One of the women asked me if we are experiencing an increase in requests for home office space. Low and behold, we definitely are. Whether the room is called a flex room, an office or a multi-purpose room, we are seeing homeowners of all ages include the space in their new builds. Particularly if it’s a primary residence. Even our older clients are interested in the concept. Whether they use the space for an office or not, they realize a home office is an excellent resale feature. As jobs change and more people work from home, the need for a dedicated space is no longer a frill, it’s a must-have.
Reuters Pew Research Poll 35% of workers who can work from home, do
Washington Post Poll – Here’s What Workers Really Want
Yankee Barn Offers Options for the Home Office
As a company known for designing houses, carriage houses and homes with attached garages, Yankee Barn offers options for the location of a home office. We recently built the Winslow Farmhouse with an attached carriage house and a separate studio building. The farmhouse provides living space for the family and the carriage house offers garage/storage space on the first level with the husband’s office/artist studio on the second floor. The separate studio is where the wife has her home-based business. She is a polarity therapist and the studio provides private space for her clients.
This is no longer an unusual occurrence to have one or both partners work from home. The commute is great, the ability to run home for a quick lunch is always an option and the opportunity to throw in a load of laundry or prep something for dinner is only steps away from work. Yet there is a dedicated space for work. It’s not the kid’s play room or the family TV room. Sometimes it’s a loft space if the house is occupied by only one or two adults. The home office can be within the house, attached via a breezeway to the upper level of a garage, or a separate carriage house or studio. Yankee Barn will design and build the space so it works for you.
Given the signs our global economy is exhibiting, working from home will continue to grow over time. We’re now far enough into the new normal of worldwide pandemics that understanding the need for adaptability in the workforce can not be overlooked. The ability to continue to work and sustain ourselves in different ways has been brought into sharp focus.
Our home remains the primary location where we live the most important part of our lives. Creating a dedicated space that includes the ability to work from our home is no longer a luxury. To sustain ourselves and our world, it has become a necessity.