Multifamily Interior Design: Home Office Workspace

by John Wilhoit Jr. on

Multifamily interior design is in constant  motion. Changing with the  times, new designs reflect  the necessity of energy conservation and “at home” work space.  Home office workspace, while still on the kitchen table all too often, has moved to permanent space as part of apartment homes. Modern multifamily designs include home office workspace.  Sometimes this is a nook, other-times a room with full connectivity set up for what seems like space flight from the second bedroom.

How soon until the place we call work and  the place we call home are the exact same place? Do we really want to work from “home” as a society? Sustainable cities are devoting larger portions of their shrinking budgets to creating transportation districts, centralized living and working environments that reduce the need for motorized transportation.  Is this evolution dissolving the already vague line between work and  home?

We are only 100 years removed from Dirt Roads.  Now we travel on electronic highways going faster and further in a single  day than our grandparents could circumvent in a lifetime.  The Federal Government and private sector have expanded “work from home” policies exponentially in recent years. These policies reduce the need for office space and time spent commuting. They are referred to as family friendly and remote site, among other  names.    

The Romans were dedicated to creating sustainable roads throughout their kingdom, a kingdom that spanned a continent and beyond.  But it was an Englishman that established sustainable road building, roads that could withstand harsh use and all weather. 

Now we travel throughout the country and around the world through a wire that carries electronic pulses and “packages” of information. More often, we travel with no wire at all using  bandwidth and spectrum.  How will this change the place we call “home” and the place we call “work”?

It was President Truman that initiated the Federal Highway program beginning construction in St. Louis Missouri on a highway across the country from sea to shining sea.  The highway was named after his predecessor, President Eisenhower.

How many offices do you personally interact with?  Corporate office, regional office, State office, metro office, car office, hot spot, laptop, cloud, smart phone.  And, home office; gotta have that too.  Are we all insane?  Is there an app for that?

I remember getting my first laptop from my employer back when this was high-tech (weight ten pounds).  I was so excited.  My boss looked at me grimly stating; ‘so now you know this means we expect you to work 24/7″.

We have turned our televisions into e-machines and cell phones into MS Office mini-suites to edit documents and e-sign changes.  Like the six-million dollar man, how long until we can no longer tell the difference  between human and artificial intelligence?

While we are  deciding this point consider that between 10-20%  of people work from home on a full time basis.  And the other 80% work from home some of the time during their work week.  Home office environments continue to evolve into fully functional work space offices.  The multifamily industry must adapt to this sea-change. 

Providing secure wireless is, anymore, just a starting point of “business services” to residence.  It’s a brave new technological world.  Electronic inter-connectivity will increase, asphalt roads to and  from work, while expanding some, will continue to be over-crowded.

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