Many people in corporate America are shucking their high stress levels and dehumanizing commutes. These pioneers of the work world exchange their traditional jobs for home businesses so they can enjoy more freedom and time with their families. With the skills they gain on the job or through hobbies, they open many types of successful businesses and operate them from their houses. One possible drawback to running a business from home can be limited space. When room is an issue, some eye the possibility of a finished basement to add an area for home business activities.
Remodeling an existing basement to serve as a home office suite can be a great solution in many instances. A basement usually has enough room for the building contractor to divide the area up into several offices. With this arrangement, each family member could potentially have individual office space to conduct various business activities. Whether the workers in the business need a quiet place to talk on the phone with customers or to concentrate on detailed computer work, the natural isolation of a finished basement can fit the bill perfectly. If the business is oriented more toward building a product, a workshop located in the basement minimizes noise coming into the house as well.
Those thinking of converting a basement into a home office or workspace should think through some basic considerations concerning comfort and efficiency before beginning the project. Providing proper lighting in a basement area can be challenging, but the architect can take some steps to minimize problems and expense. Adding windows going to the outside on the west and south walls can help bring more light in to the space. Investing in an abundance of lamps and spot lighting can be another way to solve the problem of inadequate lighting sometimes found in a finished basement. Properly insulating the area can help keep the officers workers comfortable and more productive. Taking a home business “underground” can be a great way to get it off the ground.