More of us are choosing to work from home and sometimes it can be hard to separate work from home life if your office space is in the main part of the house. Where you have a basement this can make a great dedicated office that you can close away at the end of the day.
Why convert your basement?
There are lots of ways that you can convert your basement to make more use of the space, rather than keeping it as a damp storage area and choosing one of the basement companies in London will help you plan a design that works best for you. Converting this area into a home office makes it easier for you to work from home and keeps the property free from work clutter. Before you start any work, take a look at our top tips on creating the perfect home office.
A damp free space
The problem with basements is that they can often be cold and damp, so you need to ensure that they are properly waterproofed before carrying out any other work. One of the basement companies in London can do this initial work to prevent the room becoming damaged by damp or your health being adversely affected by working in an unsuitable space. Taking the time and effort to do this first step properly will pay off in the end.
Heating and electrical
Another important element of your home office basement conversion is getting the heating and electrical elements right. This includes making sure you have sufficient lighting and access to the internet. It is best to carry out this work before you do the decorating or add any furniture so that it can be installed safely and professionally and cables and wires hidden where possible.
Getting the lighting right in a basement can be hard, as they tend to be fairly dark rooms, but lighting that is too bright and harsh can be counterproductive. Wherever possible try and bring in as much natural light as you can.
Working from home can be hard, with all the distractions meaning you might not be as productive as you want. It’s important to think about how the space is insulated, so that it is quiet and warm enough for you to concentrate.
There are also other ways that you can make the office free from disturbances, such as installing your own bathroom, or even a small kitchen area, and building a separate entrance, so that visitors can come and go without having to enter the main house.
Choosing the right furniture is the final stage of the conversion. An important element is fitting in sufficient storage so that everything you need can be kept downstairs. Before you buy anything, plan out the space and consider what type of storage units and how many shelves you’ll need. You might also want to add in some comfy chairs or sofas to make it a nicer space to work in.