Home Office Design Trend
Today’s New Normal
Is this scene familiar? You wake up early in the morning to make breakfast and get the kids ready for school but instead of rushing them off to school, you rush to set up computers in rooms throughout the house so they can join their class activities online. Then, before, you have a chance to sip your morning coffee, that all too familiar ringtone on your computer goes off, signaling an unplanned discussion with your coworkers that you need to join. The silver-lining? You don’t have to fight traffic getting to work because in today’s world, many are now working from home.
If you are like many people, what used to be known as the “den” is in today’s world, a place where you could put your laptop. But as the new normal forced people to do their work from home, we found a need to convert spaces in the home into an office so you could have a quiet place to work. But finding a quiet place we discovered, wasn’t the final solution. After a couple of weeks, we began noticing that the conveniences we had at work weren’t the same in our homes. Though we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, many experts anticipate this situation to continue for quite some time. Hence the growing trend in the A & D community of designing home offices.
For many, space is the first challenge especially for those who live in an urban setting. For others,
we have seen a much more creative approach, one that not only provides a transitional experience but provides serenity, beauty and even a sense of nature. Yes, you guessed it, the outdoors. And why not, we have already witnessed the growth in building outdoor kitchens and over the last couple months, the RV industry reported record sales, with many manufactures configuring them to be “office” friendly. Therefore, the outdoor office seems to be the next progression.
In recent months, we have seen an uptick in sales of stainless-steel hardware products. Many were used in outdoor kitchen projects, but we have started to hear from the design community a discussion of applying these products to create an outdoor office. Their clients have started coming to them with a vision of creating unique places to work, an expression or an extension of themselves. From converting areas in the garage where the office can double as a workshop, to add-ons to patios and in backyards where they feel more creative inspiration can take place, whatever their desire, the possibilities are endless.
What is critical however, is the need for high quality hardware that is can withstand the outdoor elements while providing the unique functionality and connection to the space they are trying to create. One example is the EB-303/EP stainless steel bracket. Made from a non-corrosive 304 stainless steel, this folding bracket allows users to conveniently store a desk while holding up to 660 lbs. at the midpoint when in use.
New for 2020, the EB-303/EP has an easy release accessory that can be added to help fold down a desk that is longer than a person’s reach.
And for security to your outdoor office, Sugatsune America is running it’s largest special ever on stainless steel 40×40 butt hinges that feature a non-removable pin.
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