What “must have” room are buyers looking for in your house?
It isn’t the Man-Cave!
For the answer, we look first to new home builders who are generally on the cutting edge of home design and consumer demand for home layout and amenities. According to designers and new home builders, the home office is becoming one of a home’s must-have features.
“That office or desk space is becoming as essential as the family room,” said Mollie Carmichael, who leads the consumer research team at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, based in Irvine, Calif. “And that’s true no matter how large of a home it is, from a small apartment to a large single-family home,” she added.
Indeed, dedicated office space does not always have to be a full room. In fact, it can be a nook with desk space on the landing of a staircase or a corner of a bedroom or family room. But as people do more work away from the office and kids do more work outside of the library, the home office (or dedicated office space) is growing in importance.
In fact, 77% of people surveyed by John Burns said that any additional rooms not dedicated as bedrooms would be used as an office in their next home — the most popular response. (Fifty-six percent said they’d use the extra space as a guest room, 25% said multipurpose room.)
New home builders aren’t the only ones whose data points to value of a the home office. Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost versus Value report shows that you can recover an average 48.9% of the cost of a home office remodel at resale, up from 43.6% in 2013 and 42.9% in 2012. A midrange office remodel, as defined by the report, is a $28,000 investment that involves installing custom cabinets that include 20 feet of laminate desktop, a computer workstation and wall cabinet storage, along with rewiring of the room for computer, fax machine, cable and telephone lines.
But you can create a home office space for much less – check out these ideas from Real Simple: 17 Surprising Home Office Ideas.
Look for even more ideas for all types of home offices at: 88,027 Home Office Photos by Houzz.com.