Earlier this year, our homes unexpectedly became offices and learning centers overnight, revealing the importance of a dedicated workspace designed for productivity and focus. Offices were an afterthought for many homeowners who misunderstood them to be reserved for those with enough money and square footage to spare. Recognizing the importance of an office as an essential feature in any home, Castle Homes incorporated highly functional family work centers into all of their custom builds long before the pandemic. “The office needs to be a dedicated area, and it needs to be completely accessible because it is the heartbeat of the home,” explains Castle Homes Vice-President & Designer Heather Looney.
As a working mother, Heather is no stranger to navigating the delicate work/life balance. Her days are spent handling a long list of tasks, from moving from the office to job sites to helping her kids navigate new ways of learning. Having a home office keeps her organized. “Everyone’s needs are completely different, so it is important to dig into how people like to work before designing their office,” she says. “Are you using the office full-time? Does the office need to work for the whole family? Where do you file your papers? Even with our laptops, phones and tablets, no one is completely paperless, and everyone needs a workspace because working at the kitchen island is a disaster for everyone. You need a way to contain the clutter (yes, everyone has clutter), and you don’t want your bank statements on display when people are over.”
While it seems easy enough to make do with the dining room table, Heather urges clients to see the value in having a well-designed space that functions for you and your family. Every home office designed by Castle Homes delivers the necessary components to make it successful. Whether your priorities are organization, comfort, or natural light, Castle Homes can create the perfect design. Use these home offices as proof:
As these home offices demonstrate, customization is key. Without a rule book to follow, you can choose the seating, storage and layout that works. “We create offices for people in every type of occupation — from housewives to heart surgeons,” explains Heather. “The conversation begins with nailing down what is important to you.”