How Home Offices Work

Well, the pandemic certainly has a lot to answer for but one of the main things that resonates throughout the country during these crazy times, is that working from home has become the new norm…

I was sitting next to a friend at a wedding recently who said that the pandemic was the best thing to happen to him personally. He realised he didn’t need to go into the city every day to work but could work most of the time at home with a small amount of time in the office. This change made such a positive impact on his and his family’s life.

It seems that my friend is not alone – we have had a huge increase in interest from clients that are looking to redesigning existing home offices to suit their homeworking needs. These spaces pre-pandemic, were often a half-hearted attempt of an office – usually a room overrun with teenagers studying for exams and the seldom used gym equipment gathering dust in the corner and doing a great job of doubling up as a clothes horse.

Now the brief is very, very different! With the husband or wife or both working from home, the need for a designated space for printers, scanner and filing cabinets rather than cluttering up the kitchen or dining room has become a necessity. The addition of sofas and coffee tables for a small entertaining area to sit with clients and extra touches like display spaces to display hobbies which could be anything from golf trophies to collecting comic hero figures. All these elements are reflective of the client’s personality and passions and help to give the space character.

We have been asked to supply different desk areas …. from partners desks – one person either side to elevating desks that can adjust to sitting or standing position. These work very well for architects and graphic designers, who are drawing plans and prefer to stand to do this. Chairs are also, hugely varied … from chairs built with special comfort for bad backs to large occasional chair style for lounging, the choice is endless!

Not everyone has the room inside the house for a home office, so we are increasingly being asked to create an office garden room. Which you tend to need planning for. We offer our clients a complete end to end solution, from help with the relevant planning regulations to the end design and tailoring the right space that works in their garden… Some garden offices are simply an open plan office, and the kitchen and WC facilities are still used within the house, but for those who have the room, an office that include a guest WC and kitchenette within offer the full package. Some builds even morph into a man cave complete with a bar or gym for those after work activities! The possibilities are endless.

Office garden rooms are more difficult in the winter when bad weather makes the trek down the garden not so exciting but glorious in the summer when the sun is streaming through the windows and especially if there is some decking outside for a sneaky sun lounger session!

So working from home has many advantages – apart from advance tasting of tonight’s dinner and being there to take in all the Amazon deliveries that your wife or husband normally hides! Just the fact you’re not having to commute into town on a daily basis is a huge relief but perhaps the biggest advantage of all is being around and having more time for your family… the downsides are the dog wants you to walk them whilst your about to land a huge deal and you could be asked to take out the rubbish mid pitch…  but on balance it’s a far better way of life for all and the added bonus -think of all added hours you are working instead of commuting! The pandemic really does have a silver lining.

 

I absolutely loved working with Mandy, Nigel and Samantha at M&Y. We got a 2 bedroom flat in December 2021 and needed to move in ASAP. M&Y were amazing in how hard and quickly they worked to furnish the place given. They quickly got to know our tastes. The did an exquisite job of the decor - from wall paper, to beds, wardrobe, sofas, lighting, kids rooms, dressers, curtains and accessories. I literally just handed them the keys and walked into a beautiful apartment that gets complimented on every time some walks in. I would totally recommend M&Y Interiors. They are professionals and absolutely fabulous!Mrs H
"M&Y interiors were so helpful in the planning and redecorating of my new apartment All the workmen were fantastic - they’re workmanship was faultless and they were always punctual and polite. Nothing was too much trouble and I wouldn’t hesitate in using them again. I highly recommend this company."
Stanmore
"I'd like to thank you, Nigel and Sam for your work in making our house a home. We love it. Given all the challenges with Covid we are really pleased with how everything has turned out. I often sit in my living room and sigh with deep satisfaction. Everyone who has visited always comments on the colours and how homey but sophisticated it feels. Once more, thank you!
Mrs K
"From a sad, derelict, unloved house - M&Y created a incredible luxurious, family home in keeping with the style of a Grade 2 Listed building fully embracing the traditional look we wanted, even down to the finest details."Mrs S
“I would highly recommend Mandy, Nigel and Team. Their patience and getting to know what we wanted was excellent. Mandy has a great eye for colour and sense of style, Nigel for design and space and overall, the team has complementary skill sets. We are delighted with the end product.”Totteridge
In the good times and the bad.... "Thank you again for the way you handled this issue and the resolution. I don’t believe many companies would have acted this way and I’m extremely grateful for your commitment to delivering a happy customer outcome."Mr C
“M&Y have handed over our fully refurbished office in Hertford today and I’m still buzzing with excitement because the transformation has been totally amazing . The brief was pretty basic ,I wanted to create the look and feel of the Ralph Lauren store in Bond Street ,but make it work for an office environment , on a sensible budget. Mandy and her team hit the target perfectly and we now have a really fantastic work space, and a very smart meeting room that will impress any visitor, plus the coolest looking office kitchen in the county! I can’t wait to get back to the office!”James, Wedge Homes Ltd
"LIFE IS NOT PICTURE PERFECT BUT THE M&Y FIT IS MORE THAN PERFECT" We highly endorse M&Y Interiors. They offer a fantastic customer service and Mandy and Nigel with their loyal team always go the extra mile for their clients. The reward for a job well done is the opportunity to do it again. Very much looking forward to working together on the next big project in due course. Nigel’s approach to resolving matters is a breath of fresh air and all I can add is that the world would be much a better place with more people around like Nigel and Mandy.’’ Thank you again, we are forever grateful.MR F
"What a stunning home you have created for us. We can’t thank you enough. From our first meeting I knew that if anyone was going to be responsible for refurbishing our home it had to be you. I had faith that you could make us a dream home. Mandy, I felt straight away a connection with you and I was comfortable that you understood what I would like. Your ideas on interior design including furnishings, fabrics and colours are amazing. I may not have always been the easiest client, but I am now a truly happy one. Nigel, the home would not be complete without your input in managing the project."
Mrs R
This was the first experience working with an interior designer and I was very mindful that we still maintained our own style and preferences. Mandy did not impose her views or choices on us, but listened carefully to what we liked and got to know our style and was extremely respectful of our budget, which is quite unusual in this field.Mrs N

 

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