Designing Your Studio & Work Space

We been thinking about making over the office space of our studio for awhile now. The current office has a "reception" bar made with IKEA kitchen cabinets. While it has served us well for the last 5 years, we've beginning to outgrown it. So...

What makes a great office?

There are a lot of different factors, but ultimately an office is a space to produce and be productive. Here are a few things that are important for us:

1. Storage: Organization is pretty key in running any business. There are lots of goodies we need storage for: paperwork, contact forms, financial documents, press clippings, vendor catalogs, paint samples, lots and lots of stuff.

photo courtesy of French by Design

photo courtesy of French by Design

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photo courtesy of 79ideas

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photo courtesy of interior blog daily

2. Inspirations: Working in the creative space. It is important to stay on trends and constantly be inspired by our surroundings. After all, we live to create spaces!

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photo courtesy of the nest

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photo courtesy of apartment 34

Hermès Artists' Studio! // source unknown

Hermès Artists' Studio! // source unknown

3. Personality! A work space wouldn't encourage productivity if people don't feel at ease in the environment. Having personal moments, artworks, lots of bright colors, etc., whatever it helps us to feel better, help us to be productive in the office. In general, productivity increases if people can make connections with our environment. You also produce better quality work when you are relaxed.

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photo courtesy of viciously // cyd

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photo courtesy of Lonny

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photo courtesy of decor8

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photo courtesy of blood & champagne

4. Tricks of the trade: Last but not least, tricks of the trade! All the essential tools one needs to create: pen, markers, pencils, paperclips, pliers, hammer, you name it.

photo courtesy of Thanks, I made it

photo courtesy of Thanks, I made it

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photo courtesy of sfgirlbybay

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photo courtesy of wisuella

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photo courtesy of interiorsporn

What do you think? What kind of office / studio / work space do you have? Let us know by commenting below!

Don't Miss Out On Growth for Your Home Staging Business

Advanced Stagers' Retreat Registration Ends SATURDAY! 

YES, this Saturday. 

If you haven't heard about the retreat, we will be spending some quality time with each other and work on each other's businesses. We will be debuting our Moving the Needle workbook, as well as establishing the basis of our private mastermind group for the year.

It's very exciting!

Still on the fence? Check out the agenda here. And here is a $50 off code for your checkout: F4VGLN4. The registration ends Saturday, 10/25 11:59PM PST.

5 Important Reasons That Steel is the Sensible Choice in Modern Home Construction

Thinking about steel framed structure, people will usually imagine a barn or factory unit, but steel now has a major role in the construction of private homes too. No longer do people balk at the idea of metal being the main structure of their homes, and architects and designers alike are happy to work with it. The benefits for your home are numerous and outweigh the use of wood in many ways. Here are a few of the ways that your home could benefit from a steel framed structure.

Design

 Using steel in your home allows you to be much more flexible with your design, and a major benefit that attracts architects to using it is its strength across a span. Huge room space can be incorporated into a home because the horizontal I-beams are incredibly strong and need no support along their length.  Because of the lack of load bearing walls required inside a home, it also means that redesigning your home in the future is much easier without having to fit supports in your house.

Durability

Steel is a great material to use in construction; it is strong enough to take incredible loads and it lasts much longer than other building materials (25% longer than wood). Unlike the wood that is used so often when building a house, steel will not twist or warp unless it is subjected to massive stresses, the damage to buildings associated with wood shrinkage will be nullified, and it will require much less maintenance. Once you have your steel in place, it will not move or change shape until you want it to.

Speed

Building with steel has huge benefits in relation to the speed of a building's construction. You can have the steel made to your specific designs by a reputable company, like Steel fabrication london By Cannonsteelsltd.co.uk*,while you are waiting to start your project, and they will deliver it as soon as you want to start building the frame. The ease with which the sections are bolted together will also reduce the time spent erecting your frame, meaning that the overall time spent on the build will be enormously reduced

Cost

The scrap generated when building using wood is estimated at being 20% compared to 2% for steel, and that translates into a direct saving on your budget. When you factor in the savings in man hours for the actual construction, and the reduced maintenance because of rot, mildew, and insect attacks, the actual savings can escalate dramatically. This genuine saving is a great way to build a house that you could never afford using wood throughout the construction.

 The Environment

The environment is a huge issue that is facing the world, and using steel in your home means you are being proactive in helping to conserve our resources. There is no cutting down of forests to burden your conscience, and as steel is 100% recyclable, there is no effect from its disposal that harms our atmosphere water supply or soil. One more benefit to the environment is the fact that your steel will have been manufactured in a workshop, and all of the waste will be recycled by them too.

Steel certainly has benefits over wood in the construction of a home, and though the traditional home builder may not agree, steel is probably the building material of the future. All you need to do now is consider your walling material; have you considered steel…?

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*This post is sponsored by an UK company, therefore it contains a link to an UK company. However, there are also many comparable companies in the US, simply one click away with a Google search. 

What did you think about steel frame structure? Share your thoughts in the Comment section below.