How much does a home office cost??
Updated: Feb 9
If you're like many people, you work from home at least part of the time. And if you're like most people, that means your home office is a little...well, let's just say it could use some improvement. Whether it's an outdated closed off room or your kids’ playroom with a makeshift desk, there are plenty of ways to make your home office more functional and comfortable. But where do you start? This blog post will walk you through everything you need to know when planning a home office project - from design ideas to estimated costs. So whether you're just getting started or ready to take the plunge, read on for helpful tips and advice!
As a glass company, you know we will be talking glass as the main design element. But here us out…for a remodel project or making the most out of existing space, it just makes sense! For example, if you are remodeling, why not take down an existing wall and enclose the space with a glass wall and door? The space will look and feel bigger, and the light will exponentially increase. We urge potential clients to chat with us about their vision first as we can recommend where to place extra blocking for support. It will make securing the wall and door much stronger for longevity. This is especially important for a door that swings or slides. While Eridion doesn’t offer demolition or construction services, we do work closely with your other contractors to make the project easy and seamless to our client’s. Communication is key in order to work together in maximizing your budget.
The design possibilities are endless! For tight spaces, we like a frameless or semi frameless style to open up the space. We’ve done this for a single wall enclosure or a two/three wall enclosure making the most out of a large space. Most popular these days is a black grid pattern. It is such a versatile style and is as beautiful in a traditional craftsman home as in a modern home. The grid pattern is also evolving to use different color framing. While the majority is still matte black, we are starting to see more use of brushed gold and brushed bronze for the framing and grid. Sometimes even white! Doors are also a key design element. Sometimes the space only allows for one door but this can be a traditional pivot swing door or consider a sliding “barn door”. Double doors are quite the statement and provide a functional entry point if you require moving in large furniture. Keep in mind that adding design elements like framing, grid patters or multiple doors adds to the final cost.
Glass is one of the cheapest and most versatile materials in the world! It’s durability and strength allow us to use it for interior and exterior designs. It’s non-porous meaning tiny bacteria can’t penetrate and grow within it also making it easy to clean. But finally, the innovation in different types of glass makes it design friendly which is important when planning your home office. Depending on the dimensions of the glass, we can normally use a 3/8” clear glass. For larger panels, we would use ½” glass which is heavier and provides more secure enclosure. ½” glass is also thicker which will buffer sound more than the 3/8” glass. If privacy and sound are a priority, ½” glass is the best option. We can do a ½” laminated glass, 2 pieces of glass with a clear PVC layer sandwiched between, that buffers the sound even more. While there are more options for sound buffering, we would need to discuss ventilation in the space as it’s not only sound that would be kept out. For visual privacy, there are numerous textured options to consider. Anything from a simple “frosted” or satin glass to fun natural patterns like rain or leaves. Glass even comes in different colors. The most popular are a gray or bronze color.
SO, HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Clearly, the options available vary and the size of your space varies. Adding framing, gridding, thicker glass, colors or textures will increase the cost. Bottom line, the cost for your home office runs about $25-$75 per square foot. For example, a 12’ x 12’ double door grid pattern enclosure with ½” laminated glass (pictured above) will run about $5k or around $35 per square foot.
It’s important to have a designated workspace in your home that is comfortable and conducive to productivity. By following the tips we’ve outlined in this post, you can create an ideal office environment tailored specifically to your needs. Have questions about what type of office would be best for you? Give us a call—we would be happy to help! Yo can also fill out our online quote form with any details you have (number of walls, dimensions of each, number of doors, design ideas) and one of our experts will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading!
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