Building work for our study will commence at the end of the month (fingers crossed), and it couldn’t come at a better time.
We’ve been eating, relaxing, working and living all in the same room for a few months now. It has been fine and totally manageable but this year I made a conscious decision to work from home more to reclaim my work/life balance. I miss having a ‘work’ room, which I can separate from ‘me’ time.
The room we’re going to use is what I currently call the ‘dungeon’ – a warren behind the stairs with a dim corridor leading to a galley kitchen and a shoddy ‘lean-to’ with uneven flooring. We’re hoping to knock down the lean-to (as it’s already leaking and causing problems), and reclaim the outside space whilst allowing more light into the room with a large window at the back (the only light is currently a small window into the alleyway).
At the moment it’s still all just a thought process but there are a few things we have contemplated as our criteria:
Desk space that allows for 2 people
Enough plugs for computers/lamps etc without using extension cords
Extensive storage space for our work equipment
Plugs with USB sockets
Natural light for photos
Keep existing features where possible – picture rail, skirting boards etc
Coffee table and chairs for an ‘ideas’ area
The ideas area is something I’ve wanted for a while, to make it a more creative space rather than just a desk. The digital world is one that moves that so fast, if you don’t take time to stop and reflect occasionally, it can get on top of you. Plus I like the idea that I can get up and move around, not chained to a desk.
The colour palette will be the usual – neutral with a hint of dark, and I love the idea of wood panelling too, with cupboards across one wall. The boiler has been installed in this room (it needed to be on an external wall) so this will be incorporated into the cupboards somehow.
And I think we’re going to go with parquet flooring – obviously none of our rooms are as big as these, so we’ll have to manage expectations somewhat, as well!
Also bearing in mind that this will be potentially our ‘forever’ home, so we don’t want to scrimp too much – but still save where we can!
I’ll keep you up to date on Instagram Stories, of course, but meanwhile here is what we’re looking at for the room: