There is more to a productive home office than just a desk, your laptop, and a chair you bought off of Amazon. Whether you’re new to working from home or an experienced remote worker, there’s no denying that you’ll get more work done and enjoy working more in the right environment. But how do you get that productive work space? Well, for some, it may require a complete remodel, and for others, just a few simple upgrades. Here are four tips for updating your home office space to promote creativity and productivity.
Bring in the Natural Light
Is your office dark and gloomy feeling? We say utilize the Arizona sunshine to the fullest and bring in the natural light. Research done by Professor Alan Hedge at Cornell University in 2017 revealed that workers exposed to more natural light reported a 56% decrease in drowsiness, a 51% drop in eyestrain, and a 63% drop in headaches.
With those stats, natural light should be at the top of your list to incorporate into your space. Take out the old windows or patio doors that stay covered due to the inefficiency, and install new windows in your office space to bring in light and increase your productivity. While installing windows and patio doors requires remodeling, it’s worth the investment for your health and well-being.
A Desk Does Matter
When you work from home with a laptop, you can typically work from anywhere, right? But how productive are you really on the couch? Couches are programmed into our society as a place to relax and rest, so we can be working against ourselves when we choose to work on the couch. For optimal productivity, a dedicated office space with a desk is what you need. But if that’s not an option, try the dining room table or kitchen island where you have the space to stay organized and focused. Get more done in less time by creating the productive space you need to spin your work out proficiently.
Create Focus with Organization
Declutter your workspace by getting organized. Add built-in shelves, bins, and drawers to your home office to create a clean and simple work environment. If your office space is a multi-purpose room, section the room off into work zones, this will naturally give you more consistent focus and make it easier to stay organized.
Happiness can be found in small things. We spend a lot of time in our office space, so it makes sense to decorate it to your liking. Bring in small green plants or small meaningful items that bring your joy. Happiness brings more productivity, so why not add those little essential touches to your space.
So whether you are planning a full home office remodel or just some simple upgrades, incorporating a few of these simple tips will make a difference in your productivity levels. When you are ready to tackle that home office remodel but don't want to DIY it – our professional team is here to help.
As temperatures start to cool down and the busyness of summertime slows, it's the perfect time to give your outdoor space an upgrade. Whether you are looking to expand your entertaining area by adding in the right patio door, building that outdoor kitchen you've always wanted, or installing new furniture – here are four outdoor living spaces ideas to bring your patio to the next level.
The Right Patio Doors Makes All the Difference.
The ultimate outdoor living space experience utilizes both indoor and outdoor areas to their full advantage. But how do you do that in a tasteful way that complements both? With multi-slide patio doors. Not only will they bring in more natural light during the winter months and fresh air year-round, but they can seamlessly bring your living spaces together.
Multi-sliding doors can be made to fit your home and your lifestyle. With up to 10 panels that slide open and tuck into pockets in the wall, you can utilize your indoor-outdoor living space to the max. Treat yourselves and your guests to the ultimate open concept party: no more cramped spaces, no more stress.
Choose Outdoor Furniture that Matches Your Interior
A simple yet creative way to design a cozy and stylish outdoor living space to relax and wash the day's stress away or to entertain guests is with comfy outdoor furniture. Be unique – incorporate sofas, tables, benches, hammocks, and garden chairs. And don't forget the lighting! It can be the one small piece that ties it all together. Whether it's solar lighting, hanging pendant lights, or string lights – the addition can make all the difference.
Premium Outdoor Kitchen Equals Next Level Grilling
Love entertaining outdoors? Then an outdoor kitchen is a must. Whether you are smoking meats, grilling burgers, having a potluck, or cooking a gourmet pizza in your pizza oven, the outdoor kitchen can give you more space to serve and seat your guests.
Enjoy Your Customized Fireplace or Fire Pit Year-Round
Want to take the standard fire pit to the next level? Create a warm and inviting outdoor living area with an outdoor fireplace. It's the perfect piece that brings any social gathering together. Or up the game on the standard ring fire pit and design a custom fire pit to enjoy year-round.
So you are getting ready to replace your patio door but have a few questions before you start making decisions. We’ve compiled the top four most frequently asked questions about patio door replacement and the answers, so you don’t have to hunt to the far corners of the world wide web or try to get around the robots to talk to a real-life person just to answer a few simple questions. Let’s jump straight into it.
Are patio doors secure?
Yes, your patio doors can be secure. Pella® patio doors come with a few different door handles and locking mechanisms options. If you want more security than the locking mechanism that comes with the door, here are a few other ways to increase your patio door and home security.
Is it possible to replace a hinged door with a sliding patio door?
Yes, we can replace a hinged door with a sliding patio door and vise versa. Our window experts will walk you through the important points that you will need to consider in this situation. Simply swapping out the style of your patio door can be a simple way to refresh your homes appearance and provide a change of pace.
Are patio doors energy efficient?
This depends on a few things: the patio door style, the glass option you choose, and your local climate. As a Pella Certified Contractor and your local neighbor who understands our climate here in northern Arizona, we can help you find the best energy efficient patio door for your needs.
You can learn more about Pella’s glass options here and learn more about Pella’s patio door style options here.
Can I modify my patio door to match my windows?
Yes, you can. We highly recommend sitting down with our window expert so you can see the array of options you have. We can match your patio door to your windows, your home, and your lifestyle.
Are you thinking of getting new patio doors? We compiled all the information you need to know about the patio door replacement process, warranty, industry jargon, and installation process here. Let’s find the perfect patio door replacement for your home today so you can look forward to enjoying those cool fall days that are right around the corner. We do in-home consultations, or you can stop by our showroom to browse Pella’s available options.
It’s that time again - time to take a few weekends and tackle your home's summer maintenance checklist. We’ve made a checklist of the primary home maintenance inspections you’ll want to check off your list this summer to ensure your home is in tip-top shape. Doing a yearly review keeps you in tune with what’s going on with your home and helps you get a head start on planning and saving for any big home improvement projects that may be coming down the line.
Clean Gutters and Drains
We all know what monsoons are like in northern Arizona. They can bring deluges without warning and only last a short time. Unfortunately, these are the types of storms that cause damage because the water doesn’t have time to soak into the ground. So don’t forget to clean your gutters, drains, and any other draining systems you have before the rains come. This can help prevent thousands of dollars in damage to your roof or to the foundation of your home.
Clean your Chimney
If you have a chimney, summer is the perfect time to clean it. Get it done and out of the way so you can enjoy your fall and be ready for winter. Plus, it’s a bit of a dirty job, so it’s better done when the roof is dry for safe and easy access.
Inspect the Roof
Roof repair and maintenance go hand in hand. Regular maintenance such as reapplying sealant or replacing damaged shingles can prevent major repairs down the road. If you need a new roof, we recommend calling three to four different companies to make sure you are getting a fair and accurate quote.
Exterior Painting and Siding
Check your home's siding for extreme weathering, warping, chips, and cracks. Sometimes all you need is to power wash it to bring the exterior of your home back to life, but if there is damaged sections or you need a fresh coat of paint, the project may take a bit more time. You may want to call a professional to tackle these more extensive projects. Either way, doing a yearly inspection can help you catch problems early and save you money in the long run.
Repair or Replace Decking
If you have a deck, now is the time to clean, repair or replace it. Another option to consider is adding a deck shade so you can enjoy summer year-round.
Windows and Doors
Here in Arizona, summer brings extreme heat and thunderstorms. This is the best time to do an energy inspection and start the planning process to upgrade your windows to be more energy-efficient.
A few things to check in your energy audit:
Clean Your Windows
While you are taking the time to inspect all your windows and doors, it's a good time to clean your windows to remove pollutants such as dust and pollen that stick to the glass and prevent the natural light from coming in. Bring the cleaning supplies with you while inspecting and make those windows and patio doors shine with a thorough cleaning.
Tips for Cleaning Your Windows Inside and Out
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