Over the past few years, more and more homeowners have become accustomed to working from their homes as opposed to an office or studio space. If you’re designing your own custom home and you work for an office or you need a space to create art, produce music, take photography, craft, or any other creative endeavour, a custom studio would most likely benefit you day-to-day. When building your own custom home, here’s how to make the most of your space when designing your very own custom studio.
In-Wall Shelving and Desk Space
Regardless of why you need a studio space whether it be for art or media production, you need an organized space that can be considered a home base. A desk and shelves are always a good idea regardless of where your passion lies. Make your shelving and desks more artful and intentional by building a custom shelving and desk unit lining the walls in your home studio. This will give you space to work at a computer, keep your books and notes, and feel organized with everything in its place.
Whether you work with clay, paint, or computers, natural light is very good for your health and productivity. In dark or cave-like rooms, you’ll begin to feel less productive and less inspired, especially during harsh Ottawa winters. For the best custom home studio possible, make sure to build the room with large, beautiful windows that allow for natural light. If you worry about the glare on your screens, you can install curtains as well, but it’s always a good idea for productive spaces to have the option for sunlight.
Just like natural lighting, quality indoor light for working during the evening or during a stormy day is an absolute must for your custom home studio. Think about the time you’ll be spending and how focused you want to be in your creative space, you want the lighting to be conducive to productivity and comfort. An abrasive, cheap, or buzzing light fixture will distract you from your work and make your time in your studio–which should be like a haven for you–unpleasant and uncomfortable.
If you need a custom home studio for art, crafting, or production, you know how easy it is for a creative space to become untidy or messy. When you’re painting or building something, the last thing you need is to be worried about tarnishing the wooden floors or carpets. This is why we recommend that your studio has easy-to-clean flooring like vinyl or tile. These types of flooring do not collect dust and dirt and are easy to wipe down or mop when necessary.
Surround Sound Speakers
If your studio is being used for sound production, media, or music, it’s always a good idea to have high-quality speakers installed to give a surround-sound feel to your audio. Even if you don’t create music or audio, having high-quality surround-sound speakers allows you to enjoy music and podcasts while you’re being productive. Certain types of music like classical have been proven to help increase productivity, creativity, and inspiration.
Wall Space for Art and Accomplishments
Your custom home studio should not just be a place where you work tirelessly, it should be a celebration of yourself, your art, and your accomplishments. When designing your studio, consider leaving some wall space for your framed accomplishments, whether that means your degrees and diplomas, your artwork, awards you’ve won, or even just inspirational quotes and photographs. This will make your studio feel more personal and help you to remember your goals when you’re in the thick of a huge project.
Think of how many hours you’ll spend in your custom home studio. While you’re working for hours on end, you want to have a sense of comfort and relaxation as much as possible. Make sure to have seating that not only matches the decor of the room but also supports your back as you work. High-quality office chairs are a must for those who work at a computer, and other places to sit and lounge–especially for those who do collaborative work–are very important as well.
A Sink and Cleanup Station
If your custom home studio is dedicated to something messy like art, pottery, or crafting, a small sink and paper towel area can go a long way. Being able to wash your hands in the same room you’re painting in prevents you from having to go through the rest of the house, opening doors with messy hands and risking getting paint, dirt, clay, and other substances on your furniture and hardware. Make things far easier and more convenient by including a small sink at your station.
A Mini-Kitchen Space
If you have the space in your custom home studio, you can easily turn it into a room that can accommodate all your needs while you work. Having a sink, mini fridge, counter, and coffee maker is a really great way to meet your needs while not taking time from achieving your goals. It also encourages you to find a space comfortable enough to hang out in on your own or with friends, adding a dual purpose to the room.
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