Remember making your holiday wish list as a kid? Maybe you’d ask Santa (or mom and dad) for a new Lego set so you could build a fortress of solitude – or a Barbie dream house where you could kick back and relax with the girls.

It’s funny how our dreams have simply been upsized as the years have gone by.

This year, for instance, home offices emerged as one of the top wants of 2022. It’s easy to understand why: the pandemic made work-from-home scenarios temporarily mandatory, but professionals with wiggle room in their job description made them a mainstay.

And, sure, working from the house comes with a lot of perks: flexible hours, a relaxed dress code (like, Care Bears pajamas relaxed), and a commute that couldn’t possibly be any better.

But to make the most of working out of your home, you first need to create and furnish a space that’s conducive to productivity. That’s where the pros come in.

Here are five ways a professional contractor can help when building the home office of your dreams:

  1. Location: A home office should be a space where you can truly thrive and do your best thinking, your best brainstorming, and your best work. When building a home office, it is important to think outside the box – and outside of your basement. A home renovation specialist can offer suggestions and help you to see new possibilities. Cossentino & Sons specializes in retrofitting bonus rooms, sunrooms, and garages for this purpose, specifically, and recently transformed a client’s sunroom into a full-fledged luxury workspace.
  2. Ergonomics: The best home offices will be comfortable AND functional. Your home remodeling contractor can help you make the most efficient use of this unique space, ensuring that there is a place for everything, and everything in its place, minimizing strain and effort on your behalf. Also: be sure to invest in quality furniture, as you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting at your desk.
  3. Lighting: The pros know that natural light is best and can help you position your home office and its windows for maximum illumination. They will also be able to recommend the best artificial lighting to help you avoid eye strain throughout the workday.
  4. Storage: A tidy space is a productive space. Talk to your home remodeling contractor about built-in shelving and closet space to help you keep your desk and the surrounding area clear of clutter.
  5. Privacy: Do you regularly meet with clients and prospects? A professional remodeler will make certain that your workspace is large enough to accommodate face-to-face time while delivering optimal quiet and seclusion whenever necessary during work hours.

A professional will help you build a home office that’s functional and stylish and will work closely with you and your family to determine the best use of your home’s space while creating a floor plan that maximizes efficiency.

Your remodeler also knows the best materials and finishes for the job – quality items and textiles that will keep your home office working for you for the long haul.

With a reputable and trustworthy contractor like Cossentino & Sons on your side, you won’t have to lift a finger to arrange for permits, inspections, or any of the fine-print gobbledygook that hinders your enjoyment of your new workspace. After all, that’s not your job. But after you’re finished building a home office – doing your job will be so much easier.