Working from home, either full-time or just a few hours each evening, can often be a challenge. A home is filled with a myriad of distractions, from television, to one’s spouse and children, or even the dishes in the sink that can draw attention away from work. With the proper planning, a distraction-free home office can be found in a conservatory.A conservatory is often a family space, used to enjoy time together or host a party, but can also create a peaceful home office. The glass walls and roof of the conservatory allow natural light to enter the space, which studies have proven(1), aids in concentration and enhances work performance, making the conservatory an ideal place for your office.
To ensure a distraction-free home office, one specific area of the conservatory should be designated for use as office space. This can be accomplished by utilizing interior dividing walls, either fixed or operable, such as a folding glass wall or a sliding glass door. By separating the office space from the remainder of the conservatory you create a four-walled area that you can distinguish as your office and thus focus on your work while inside. You can further distinguish the area and create more privacy by utilizing tinted LoE or patterned glass that incorporates mullions in the dividing walls.
When selecting a glazing unit for an interior dividing wall, one does not need to be as careful regarding thermal transference restrictions. For example, the glass can be either tempered or laminated, but does not need to be insulated. In addition, the framing unit does not typically require a thermal break.During the planning phase of the conservatory development process, one should take into consideration the number of electrical outlets your home office will require. Will the office have a computer, printer, fax, telephone, and/or lamps?
If so, how will power be supplied to all of the devices, and will it require a phone or a fax line? Making these decisions early will save time and money at a later date. By utilizing hidden wiring systems such as the patent pending vertical and sloped glazing framing members structured for electrical wiring, one can ensure that the correct systems will be wired into the desired location without intrusive cords lying about the conservatory floor.