While having a comfortable home is always a priority, it’s more important than ever as we’re spending more and more time at home. For some of us, this includes working from home as well, either part-time or full-time. We have suggestions for a few upgrades you can make to significantly improve your work from home experience and, as a result, increase your productivity.
1. Create a Dedicated Home Office or Working Space
Since you’re working from home, having an area where you can concentrate is essential. Some people can get by working at the kitchen table, but if you have children or live with others, you may find it hard to focus.
How to Improve: If you spend a lot of time on the phone, your office should be in a quiet area that allows you some privacy. You might find that a spare room with a door can reduce noise from the rest of the house. If that’s not an option, perhaps there is a quiet corner in your bedroom or another non-busy room. Or, you may be able to add on a room to your house with a renovation loan. Wherever you designate as your office space, organize a work setup like the one you have in your normal office, helping you to be more productive. You’ll do your best work if some of the light you’re using includes natural light. If that’s not possible, consider some lighting upgrades to be ideal for a full workday.
2. Create a Comfy Kitchen for Well-Deserved Breaks
Like the shared kitchen in any office building, your home kitchen should provide an opportunity to unplug for a moment and catch up with your family members or just relax while you enjoy lunch. The kitchen is often ranked as one of the most important rooms in a house and is a major selling point for any home. This is even more true as you find yourself eating at home more than usual.
How to Improve: Since there is a good chance you’re cooking more and making use of this space in more ways than one, it may be time to consider some upgrades. To make your kitchen a space in which you can recharge, think about expanding it, replacing old appliances with new energy-efficient ones, or even applying a new bright coat of paint or a backsplash that evokes comfort and joy. You may want to build new shelves to increase functionality and offer more space to store items. We offer simple renovation financing that can help you turn your kitchen into a beautiful area that will be the center of your family’s day to day living.
3. Create a Relaxing Living Room or Recreation Area
We all need time to relax and recharge after work. What better place to do it than your living room or family room? If you were spending a lot more time outside your home before, it’s possible your living room wasn’t getting much attention. That’s most likely changed in the past couple of months, so think about ways you can improve it for you and your family to enjoy.
How to Improve: The living room is possibly the most versatile room to upgrade because it’s dependent on your specific hobbies and tastes. You can expand it to build out a larger area for playing games or make it smaller to add on a sunroom that leads to the backyard. You may want to install custom built-ins to have a nice place to hang your TV and hold things that are important to you such as antiques, and family heirlooms. You can make smaller changes such as moving furniture around to create the ideal place to reset and read books after a long day. Hardwood floors and soft area rugs can tie in furniture to help create a focal point and unity. The idea is to create a space that looks and feels softer, calmer and more relaxing.
If any of these upgrades are appealing to you, you might be interested in a renovation loan. As the nation’s highest-rated 203(k) renovation lender, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners transform their homes, inside and out.
If you want to find out more, head over to our Renovation Lending page.