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Old 07-19-2012, 07:26 AM
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Hi everyone, we're going to be moving next month into a house that has an extra room that will be used as a home office. I want to stick with a fishing theme without going over the top since the space is on the first floor and will be seen by anyone in the house. Does anyone here have any ideas or pictures they'd like to share? I'd like to keep it clean and modern looking and not "folksy" or cluttered. The room is about 200 square feet so there's a fair amount of space to deal with. We'll be using it for personal business and we'll be launching a home based business from it so a good deal of time will be spent there and it needs to be comfortable.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:53 AM
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Hi everyone, we're going to be moving next month into a house that has an extra room that will be used as a home office. I want to stick with a fishing theme without going over the top since the space is on the first floor and will be seen by anyone in the house. Does anyone here have any ideas or pictures they'd like to share? I'd like to keep it clean and modern looking and not "folksy" or cluttered. The room is about 200 square feet so there's a fair amount of space to deal with. We'll be using it for personal business and we'll be launching a home based business from it so a good deal of time will be spent there and it needs to be comfortable.
Using it for "personal business" could cause you to fail the exclusive use test if you want to claim a home office deduction. Just food for thought.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:56 AM
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Even if you have a generator get a battery backup that will support your modems, processors and monitors. Otherwise you might crash every time the power flickers. Annoying when surfing - really agravating when working. Mine says it's rated for 120 minutes but when it actually starts to work it calculates against the actual draw and tells me I have 40 minutes to wrap it up or go to the genny. You can get these at Staples and other places. These devices also clean up power from the cheaper generators. There are also surge protectors that clean up the juice but you have to ask for them since most do not.

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I would put 2 big recliners in it a small fridge, table and 50+ inch TV on the wall and a Playstation 3.... stuff a desk in the closet for "work" and I would only leave to fornicate and pee.
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I would put 2 big recliners in it a small fridge, table and 50+ inch TV on the wall and a Playstation 3.... stuff a desk in the closet for "work" and I would only leave to fornicate and pee.

LOL!!!!! There's no closet in the room and I already have the TV but it's only 42"
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LOL!!!!! There's no closet in the room and I already have the TV but it's only 42"
If I only had a 4th room in my house
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1 or 2 people working in there?

2 desks? if so, I would create separate areas.

Will you have clients or other business related people visiting.= seating and possible zoning problems with your town.

Will you need a project or conference table?

Even with computers, the need for hard copy storage was a biggie for me.

Keep the distractions to a minimum. One downfall to home base offices is trying to separate work from personal. I had my office in my home for years and found it was more productive to have a place I had to be at a specific time, so I ended up renting and office 10 minutes from my home. Eventually, I was able to afford to build a 28'x32' 2 story shop/garage/office/mancave on my property.

As far as decor is concerned, that's a personal preference. It's an office and should be pleasing to the eye, comfortable and most of all, highly functional. I had about 20 plants (lots of indirect light), several paintings, some antiques, a recliner, TV, wood file cabinets, a built-in L shaped desk, several book shelves that serve as both practical storage and display of things I collected.

I had a shadow box of old fishing lures, a framed chart, a framed fish ID pic and several nautical themed objects. I had a customer that had a fishing rod ceiling fan......
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clean and uncluttered:
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
clean and uncluttered:


I. Would need fish imprints or decals to remind not to walk into those doors.
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
clean and uncluttered:

can't argue with THAT description!

I have a few ideas in the works but this is all helping me establish a plan. As mentioned above, I want this to be an efficient workspace for myself but one that is pleasing to spend time in too.
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I used to have a fishing/boating theme in my home office but changed to my favorite football team. I had 3 wall mounted shelves w/ old fishing reels and lures, in one corner I had a 4' wood decoration canoe. I had some posters of fish of the great lakes and a couple of other posters of boats along w/ a boat themed calendar.

Here are a couple of pics of what my office looks like now.

Some things to keep in mind:
Try to keep all of your computers and printers where you can run the cables along the wall.

Buy low pile commercial carpet and buy the plastic pads to roll your office chairs on.

You can usually find used work stations for pretty cheap, it's nice to be able to keep the stuff you use at arms length.

It's nice to have 2 printers in case one of them goes down for no ink, paper jam, etc. One of them that I have is a combo unit scanner, fax, printer, copy machine which is the one I keep closest to my desk.
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I like it. Is that a shower door?
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You need to be careful what you store in the office. I have one wall with shelves for groceries. Unfortunatly that's where the cookies go. It's not that I eat a lot of cookies but when my daughter brings over her kids they keep not-so-quietly sneaking in. lol
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I like it. Is that a shower door?
A little thicker than the typical 3/8" shower door-I think it's 1/2" tempered glass
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Clean, neat and plenty of electric capability.
My "home office", which is really only used part time for actual work (nights, weekends and vacation - other times for home paperwork and such) is about 190 sq. ft. (12' x 16') It only has 2 fully usable walls as one wall is nothing but 15' of 6' high windows (it overlooks the bay and golf course) and the other has the entry door, entry to the adjacent bathroom and space for the entertainment system with wall mount 46" tv.
It has two dedicated 20 amp electric circuits to service all of the technology equipment: desktop computer with twin 27" monitors; storage server, color laser printer, B&W laser printer, All in one B&W copier/fax/color scanner, inkjet photo printer, high-res flatbed scanner, laptop, tv, stereo and plenty of lighting.
I don't need much paper storage - none for work (we work in a paperless (so they say - everyone prints things to read) office), and only a small amount for family papers. The ability to scan print and save data is important.
I have it set up with a custom built 30" deep 2 station (desktop computer at station 1 and station 2 for laptop use) wall unit (bookshelf uppers) along the wall adjacent to the window wall; that unit also has built into it a 4 drawer file cabinet and a two row open area for the 3 printers and scanner on the base unit. On the long wall opposite the windows is the large all-in-one printer/scanner unit, plus a comfy leather couch, coffee and end tables. The rest of the room is open. I have ceiling lights over the work station area, a couple of ceiling fans with lights to circulate air and reading lamps on the end tables
I tend to do most of my reading from the couch, and prefer to do most of my "work" on the desktop, but sometimes you start a project on the laptop during the train ride home, and it just makes more sense to finish it on the laptop - plus anyone else can work out the laptop station.
It doesn't have a fishing motif, just one large (4' x 6') piece of artwork over the couch.
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I set mine up so I have both monitors and the tv right in my line of sight
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