Before lockdown, less than 30% of the workforce worked from home. However, the Office for National Statistics shows that almost half of us (49.2%) are now working from home.
Businesses and their staff have proved themselves to be flexible and have adapted quickly to remote working. As companies start to recognise how much they can save in commercial rent and individuals recognise how much time and stress they save by not having to commute, most people believe that home working could become the norm. However, if it looks like it’s going to be your new normal, you need to make sure you have the right environment – working on the kitchen table just won’t do it.
Planning Your Home Office Loft Conversion
If you don’t think you have space for a home office, think again. You probably have the ideal space right above your head in that unloved and unused attic space – the loft is the ideal place for your new home office. Most properties are suitable for a loft conversion and as the majority don’t need planning permission, it should be relatively straight forward to develop your new office.
Alternatively, you may prefer to turn a bedroom into an office and have a new master bedroom in the loft. Either way, adding an additional room to your home provides the perfect home office now, and is also likely to add significant monetary value to your home. It really is win-win.
When planning an office as part of a loft conversion, make sure you build in practical things such as internet and electrical sockets – you can never have enough electrical sockets!
Getting the correct lighting is also important. Psychologists rave about the importance of natural light and a loft conversion is the perfect space to let light flood in. Build in lots of Velux windows and a Juliet balcony if you can, so in the spring and summer your office is full of sunlight and fresh air.
Another key consideration is temperature control. You don’t want to be too hot or too old and having the right windows will help with ventilation. Furthermore, at Econoloft we use insulation that ensures the climate in your loft conversion is just right – and a loft conversion will actually help insulate the whole house more effectively.
A Home Office Loft Conversion Separates Work from Home
If you are trying to work in a room that is used for another purpose, such as a lounge, dining room or even a corner of your bedroom, you lose the distinction between home and work. That’s not good for your mental health and a specific home office loft conversion will ensure a mental separation from home life during your working day. Just walking up that new flight of stairs to your work space is going to alter your frame of mind.
Furthermore, trying to work in a room that you associate with home time will easily distract you. You may end up watching TV, eating too much or stopping work to put a wash on. Similarly, in the evening when you should be relaxing, having the laptop in the corner of the dining room means it’s more likely you will log on for a minute to catch up on an email that has just pinged your inbox. That won’t happen when you have a clearly defined work space.
A Dedicated Home Office is Better for Family Life
One major benefit of having a loft conversion home office is you no longer need to commute, giving you extra time at the beginning and end of each day. Now you have time to do the school run, start making more home cooked meals or pursue a hobby.
You also won’t have to worry about the kids spilling drinks on your important work folders or finding places to put all the ‘gubbins’ that come with working from home – laptop and ancillaries, files, folders, stationery and so on.
In addition, many Econoloft clients have more than one person working from home, with each fighting for the most convenient space to work. However, with your new home office you can now share a dedicated workspace, or even have one each!
If you want to explore having a home office with Econoloft, talk to us informally on 0800 269 765 or try our online loft conversion estimator. We provide specialist services in all UK areas, including locations such as Greater London, Bromley, Barnet, Croydon, Dartford, Kingston, Manchester, Orpington, Sevenoaks, St Albans, Sutton and Wandsworth.