One of the best things about working at home is that you can decide exactly how you want your office to look. With the help of Niall Barrett's first-of-a-kind book, you can make the most of working in the comfort of home by creating a home work space that works for you. Building the Custom Home Office offers professional-level, practical advice on designing and building a truly custom work space. You get plenty of information for space planning and ergonomics, materials and hardware, lighting and computers and more.
The 10 office projects in this book are accessible to anyone with basic woodworking skills. You'll find details for building each project, including cutlists, complete drawings and clear photography that shows the process. There are also convenient sidebars that offer style options so that you can customize any component to fit any room style or office configuration.
Building the Custom Home Office includes projects for:
- a built-in desk and filing cabinet
- a desktop with cubbyholes
- closed storage cabinets
- customized shelving
- a variety of style options for any room
- Additional Information
SKU FWW61077960 Table Of Contents Introduction
1 Designing Your Home Office
2 Lighting and Computers
3 Materials, Hardware, and Accessories
4 Drawer Cabinets
5 Closed Storage Cabinets
Afterword: Style and Layout Options
Metric Conversion Chart
Sources of Supply
Artists, scholars, scientists, and writers all traditionally worked at home, so the home office has existed in our society for a long time. It could be called the first professional work environment. The studio, library, study, and den, now thought of as living spaces, all evolved from work spaces.
Almost all of us have some kind of work space in our homes. Often it's nothing more than a corner of the kitchen where bills pile up and phone calls are answered, but just as often a small room or portion of a room is devoted to the normal paperwork generated from running a household. For the self-employed, this space does double duty as a location for home and business paperwork.
There is also a growing trend toward telecommuting, or working in traditional office jobs from home. What used to be a utopian ideal realized only by a talented few has now become commonplace. New technology, systematization of working practices, and demands for a better quality of life have pushed many people into home offices. Today some 20 million people in the United States work from home, and it is estimated that worldwide the figure is around 40 million and growing.
Working in the home is practical primarily because of the technology that makes communication so easy and inexpensive. Telephone and data transmission between the home and almost any place in the world is common and easy to arrange.
Many companies now consider the traditional nine-to-five approach to working in commercial offices to be outdated. Increasingly sophisticated computer and communication systems have made it possible for them to allow staff to work either full time or part time at home.
Working at home is as much a lifestyle choice as a business decision. Your own home office is the ultimate expression of personal choice, embodying personal autonomy and the power to create an environment especially designed to meet your individual requirements, peculiarities, and tastes. It can radically alter how you view your work and leisure time. Working at home gives you the flexibility and freedom to work from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or to work in your bathrobe if that is how and when you are most creative and productive.
Manufacturers are flooding the market with home-office equipment such as computers, printers, copiers, modems, fax machines, and telephones that can do things I never knew needed doing. Even furniture manufacturers see an opportunity to market desks and cabinets that are uniquely designed to fit efficiently into the home.
Part of the fun of working at home is deciding how you want your office to look, especially because there is no need to re-create the look of a commercial office. Magazines and books provide plenty of information on how to organize and start up a business and there are books on various aspects of the home office, but there is precious little material on the nuts and bolts of building your own home office.
In this book, I deal with the practical issues you need to consider when you're setting up a home office. I've included guidelines for design, layout, and ergonomics as well as information on wiring, lighting, computer equipment, and more. The guidelines are followed by step-by-step instructions on how to build a modular suite of office furniture. The project chapters show you how to create a pleasing, integrated, coordinated office that can be adapted to almost any space and style. Enjoy building your office, but be careful that you don't end up with such a wonderful space you won't want to leave it.
Video No Author Niall Barrett ISBN 978-1-60085-633-4 Publication Year 2002 Pages No Photo No Drawings No Video Download No Other Formats 70587 Cover PDF eBook Format eBook (PDF)
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