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O is for… Office

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If you’re in need of a bit of extra space in your home, you may well be considering the prospect of converting your unused loft. There has been a rise recently in the number of people who now work from home. Whether it’s to improve your work/life balance or simply to allow you to juggle your working life around looking after small children, you’ll need to set up a working space. It can be hard to motivate yourself to work when you’re in the comfort of your own home, and it’s this reason that makes converting your loft into a home office such a good idea. As such, today’s post will focus on converting a loft into an office.

 

Planning permission

Before any work can be started on the house, you’ll need to enquire about planning permission. The majority of loft conversions do not require any prior permission to be granted. However, if your house is a listed building or you live in a conservation area, you will definitely have to secure planning permission to be able to convert your loft.

 

Plan your space

There’s another kind of planning that’s imperative too. You’ll have to plan out your available space to make sure that every nook and cranny is used to its best potential. It doesn’t matter how big or small the completed project is. After all, for a home office, the main components you will require are a desk, computer and chair. It’s once you’ve considered the basics that you can start to be a little more imaginative with the space.

 

Get creative

Okay so you know what furniture you require, but how about going one step further? You could think about soundproofing the walls to help give you some extra privacy and thinking space, which can be a godsend when you’re working on something important that requires a lot of concentration. You may also wish to create your own little haven. After all, who said that your work space had to be dull? It’s your home to do with what you like. Show off your personality with your own wall art and decorative trimmings. If you want to make the whole room pink, then go ahead. Studies have shown that if we’re happy in the space we work that we will be more productive.

 

Remember that business does not mix with pleasure

One thing to bear in mind, however, is not to kit your home office out with too many distractions. You are there to work. That’s the great thing about creating your office in the loft – it makes it a little more separated from the rest of the house, so you’ll be more in the frame of mind to work rather than become distracted by everything else in your home.

 

Call the professionals

Converting your loft into a home office sounds like a good idea doesn’t it? Well if this is for you, why not call Econoloft – we’ve got 40 years’ experience under our belts. Check out our gallery for design inspiration and our client testimonials will boost our credentials further.

 

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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29.07.2013 No Comments

Essential Home Office Features

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Have you always wanted a home office? Somewhere calm that offers you just the right amount of privacy to be able to get your work done, but also reflects your personality?

Here at Econoloft, we love to offer you tips and advice to make your home special. Today we’re focusing on home offices and the essential features every home office requires.


1. Storage space

It’s likely that you’ll be dealing with a lot of paperwork in your home office. That means that you’ll need somewhere to store those all important documents, a filing system for the files you’re currently working on, and space for any paperwork that is yet to be dealt with.

Channel4.com recommends that you are imaginative with your storage space. If your office loft has a sloping roof, work with the space you have. Installing handy shelves above your desk gives you easy and instant access to all of your documents.

 

2. Noticeboard

Some people may prefer to write all appointments and memos on a calendar or store the information on a mobile device, but a noticeboard offers you the space to dedicate everything work-related to the board, so you can easily separate business from pleasure.

Take inspiration form this Pinterest.com user and hang a chalkboard on the wall. The great thing about chalkboards is that you can easily erase a memo once it has been dealt with, saving you from filling notebooks and calendars.

 

3. Desk and chair

It may sound obvious to say that your home office needs to have a desk and a chair, but there are many different styles out there to choose from. You can choose between having a small and compact desk, big enough for your laptop, or a spacious room-filling desk so that you can spread out with your work.

If you are trying to save space, this compact desk from housetohome.co.uk offers you an easy solution. Small enough to fit in to the corner of the room, it also provides storage space – ideal for those who love organisation.


4. Individuality

If you plan to spend a lot of time in your home office, it makes sense to turn it into a place where you enjoy being. Make your home office as individual and as personable as you like to help you feel truly at home.

There’s no rule to say that you can’t hang photos of your favourite people on the walls of your home office. Arrange them in a cluster like in this shot from freshome.com and invest in the monochrome look to show off your personality but still keep your home office professional-looking. Why not add a touch of luxury in the form of this chandelier light?

We love to help you transform your existing loft space into the room of your dreams. Take a look at examples of our previous designs and see what our clients say about us.

For more information about converting your loft into a home office, or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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17.05.2013 No Comments

Get studious with a home office

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Do you find yourself often having to stay late at work? Would you rather leave on time and catch up on work in the comfort of your own home? We thought so.

The main issue people generally have with working from home is finding somewhere where they won’t get distracted.

By converting your unused loft into a home office, you can create a space of harmony and peace, perfect for getting work done, not to mention you’ll be away from distractions.

Take a look at these four home office designs that are perfect for any loft:

 


1. Storage, storage, storage

Get rid of any clutter – an organised space makes for a clear mind.

Take inspiration from housetohome.co.uk and keep your office simple with pops of bright colours here and there. These handy units provide plenty of storage so you can keep your desk free of paper.

 

 


2. Make the most of the space you’ve got

Your home office doesn’t have to be big to fulfil its purpose.

Digsdigs.com features this beautiful home office design. The white furniture and neutral walls really help to give a clean, crisp feel to the room, whilst the burgundy carpet adds a splash of colour. By lining the walls with storage cupboards, there’s plenty of floor space, and you’ll have a great view through the window whilst you work.

 


. Indulge your inner bookworm

If you’re a fan of reading, install bookcases around your home office and display your books proudly.

We found this studios home office design on Pinterest.com. Turn your books into a feature by displaying them around the room. It’ll also help to bring colour to neutral walls. Earth-toned furniture blends in well will whitewashed walls.

 

 


4. Make it personal

Make your home office a space you enjoy spending time by introducing a touch of your personality.

Showcase your musical talent with sheet music wallpaper. If you’re in need of a creative space, you’ll need to decorate it with themes that inspire you and portray your personality.

 

 

Let Econoloft help turn your loft into the ideal home office space. We’ve been in the business for 40 years, which makes us something of an authority. Check out our testimonials page for proof from our clients.

For your FREE estimate, contact us today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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01.03.2013 No Comments