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Monday, June 29th, 2020 by Chelsea Bowen
Many Americans have been navigating remote work since COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March. Daily commutes have been replaced by video meetings and kitchen tables have been abruptly converted into workspaces. Predictions for the Coronavirus pandemic have led many large companies like Google, Twitter, Slack, Barclays, Nationwide, and Amazon to keep their employees at home through the end of 2020, and beyond. Business Insider cites a poll where nearly two-thirds of companies shared that their remote working policy is here to stay even after the economy fully opens.
So, that leaves a question for you: what does your home office space look like and how could it work better for you? The truth is, it can be difficult to create a separate area to work within your home. Oftentimes, the limited space we do have is devoted to other functions and family members, so we end up working in high-traffic areas. Creating a physical boundary for work from the rest of your home not only minimizes distractions, it also helps you maintain a work-life balance, even when at home.
DBS has helped countless customers gain extra space with our Total Basement Finishing™ service. By nature, basements are already separated from the rest of the home and have great potential for a secluded office. But transforming below grade areas is not the same as the rest of your home, primarily because basements are prone to water. That is why DBS uses moisture and mold resistant materials that are designed specifically for basements. EverLast™ Basement Wall Panels are insulated with an R-value that is up to 28% higher than traditional foam insulation. ThermalDry® Basement Floor Matting is engineered to outlast ceramic tiles and will not crack or shatter.
Once your new office space is complete, your employer may even have the budget to help you outfit it with the infrastructure you need to work comfortably. An Aon survey of around 1,400 U.S.-based companies found that “more than 1 in 5 say they are helping to pay for their employees’ home-office equipment.” According to Forbes, Google “will reimburse employees $1,000 for equipment and office furniture” used when they’re working at home.
So, feeling ready to ditch working on your couch and get a proper home office space? DBS is here to help you get started on your basement’s transformation! We serve the entire state and the metro area of Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and surrounding areas of Lakeville, White Bear Lake, Stillwater, Hastings, Maple Grove, MN.
Call us at 1-218-525-0720 today to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate with one of our Basement Finishing Design Specialists.