David Neiman ArchitectsIf you want to put a new office into your home, you may not need to look any farther than the basement. A lower level can be the ideal spot for a home office, since it can offer the necessary quiet and separation from the rest of the home.
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Could your basement be a great home office? Consider some tips from design professionals.
1. Assess the basement. "Make sure the area is suitable for furniture; business equipment, such as computers and fax machines; communication lines, such as phone and Internet; storage needs; and basics such as lighting and heating," says interior designer Charmean Neithart.
2. Don't forget an inspection. Neithart also advises having the space inspected for leaks. "Make necessary repairs or take waterproofing measures before any finishes are installed," she says.
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3. Consider the noise. "Plan your basement space so that the office is at one end of the basement and noisy areas, such as playrooms or media