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Old 01-27-2014, 12:51 PM
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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Originally Posted by riaelise View Post
Interesting that people would want a home office even if they don't work from home. I guess it's the newest "random room that you may or may not use but it's there." Like Steve said, if you have a laptop, you can go anywhere. Park yourself in a bedroom and work.
My wife and I share a home office (4th bedroom) and we have a formal dining area. The formal dining has my end of year paperwork spread out all over it right now, which I need to get done by Jan 31. I often sit there instead of my desk, because my wife talks too loud on the phone, and I can watch sports on our living room TV while working.

We've downsized to Macbook Airs. I can also just tote it to the coffee shop, which I do regularly.

Some people need a home office to be a "nest" of sorts. Command Central. Others, like me, just need a "home base" for sorting mail, scanning docs, etc. but can function from just about anywhere for everything else. My desktop phone rings twice then forwards out to my cell.

I think Austin's high tech demographic and workforce factor into the "home office" requirement to some degree. But even non-techies want some space to get stuff done, pay bills, file medical records, etc.

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Old 01-27-2014, 12:55 PM
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After 15 or so years of learning what we needed in a long-term home, we found that both were really nice to have.

We do a ton of entertaining and dinner parties, probably use the "formal" dining room 4-5 times per month. We both occasionally work from home as well, so an enclosed room that could handle conference calls (plus pseudo docking station as mentioned above) and the like is a necessity.

Building from scratch gave us the ability to really tailor what we needed, since there was almost nothing on the resale market that had what we needed:

5BR, minimum 3 bath, prefer 4
2 full bath and bed downstairs (MIL and stairs don't mix)
Dining space
Enclosed office/study

I guess the point of my story is that some will find the lack of a formal dining odd, and some won't care a lick. Some will look at our layout and would rather have the office converted to something else, and some might find it perfect. There's no one "right" way when it comes to resale. What works for you could very well be exactly what the next person that comes along is looking for. I know that, had we found the layout we wanted in this area in the resale market, we would have paid a premium to get it.
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