4 Ways to Renovate Your Home for Remote Work
If you've moved into a remote role recently, you're not alone. Not only did the number of remote employees skyrocket during COVID 19, "as of 2023, 12.7% of full-time employees work from home, while 28.2% work a hybrid model," according to Forbes.
Whether you're considering an off-site/hybrid role or you're already in one, you might want to make a few changes at home to improve your quality of life. From the bathroom to the windows, there are a few ways to make remote work more enjoyable. To prioritize, here are four ways to renovate your home for remote work.
1. Convert a Room into an Office
One of the first things you'll want to do is have a dedicated office space, if it works with your residence and budget. Working at the end of the bed or at a tiny desk in your bedroom will only work for so long. You can convert a room like a dining room or entryway into an office fairly easily and with minimal expense. Just make sure it has doors for privacy, electrical outlets and room for a desk with storage. The best part? You can usually write off these expenses on your taxes, since they're job-related expenses.
2. Upgrade the Bathroom
Being able to shower at work is a luxury not every employee has. But if you're a remote worker, you have access to a bathroom for just you and your family. As such, you want to make sure you're able to bathe the way you prefer. If you're a quick shower person, consider a tub-to-shower conversion, or replace your tub with a shower. On the other hand, if you prefer a long soak to start or end your day, you might want to install a freestanding bath or walk-in tub. You'll be using your bathroom more if you're a remote worker, so make the upgrades you need to turn it into a relaxing oasis.
3. Replace the Windows
Does the space where you plan to work remotely have enough light? What about energy efficiency? A comfortable environment includes being able to see properly and have a comfortable temperature. If neither of these currently apply to you and your home, replacing the windows can go a long way toward maintaining optimal temperature and giving you the much-needed exposure to sunlight that remote workers need.
4. Add Space-Saving Storage
Finally, a smaller renovation that is ideal for remote workers is adding storage, preferably one that fits well in the typically small spaces that home offices occupy. Your desk is one option, as are cabinets, as well as shelves and freestanding bookshelves. You'll need storage in a remote or hybrid role, so find solutions that work for you and your home.
In addition to these four ways to renovate your home for remote work there are other ideas, of course—like renovating the kitchen to include a coffee or tea station—but these four ways will get you started on your journey toward a comfortable remote lifestyle. To get a no-obligation quote for bathroom remodeling, window replacement or other home renovation services, contact Expo Home Improvement today.