Planning an office in your New Home

Posted on 02/11

LIV Communities wants you to make the most of your new home which is why we’re tackling the ins and outs of one of your home’s most important rooms, the office. One of our stunning communities, The Classics, features beautiful singles that have been designed with libraries on the main floor. These homes are perfect for those who are considering creating their very own indoor workspace. Implementing our list of tips and tricks will help make your home office as efficient as you need it to be!

It’s All About Location - Whether your home comes with a designated home library or office, setting it up right from the get-go will make you more productive that much faster. Consider the amount of time per day you’ll be in your office and choose a space and design that makes you feel content and ready to work. Plan on where to place your desk, making note of electrical outlets so you are not exposing wires on the outside creating a visible mess of wires. Also, consider how you work; do you prefer silence, or would you rather hear background noise or perhaps be in the middle of the hustle and bustle of your home.

Choose a Chair - A comfortable, ergonomically-correct chair is a necessity when you spend long periods of time in a home office. This critical accessory is an investment that will continue to benefit you, so be sure to find a top of the line chair that has everything you need. Minding your posture and the alignment of your spine is critical for sitting and working without pain. It’s equally important to get up and move around every so often and avoid sitting for long periods of time.

Experiment with Colour - Wall colour is often overlooked when designing a home office. Some might feel that going with a bland shade like beige or grey seems professional and “work appropriate” but these shades aren’t very stimulating. Why not experiment with some fun colours that get your work motor humming, after all, this isn’t a boring office environment, it’s your home. Don’t be afraid to use bright colours, if that seems to overpowering, create an accent wall with a bright colour. Botanical green or sea foam blue are great options that brighten up your room but also have a calming effect.

Get Organized - It is extremely important to use every inch of your space in the most effective way possible. Floating shelves are a great option for smaller areas. They can hold a lot of items while taking up no floor space. A cork board or filing system mounted on the wall are great ways to store papers, keeping them in plain sight and easy to find. Make sure there are plenty of drawers for storing papers and keeping things tidy and hidden when not in use.

Get Inspired with Accessories - Choose accessories for your office that are both practical and liven up your space. Fill some of your walls with detailed photos and inspirational quotes, introduce plants for that natural touch and to serve as an air purification system. They will make your office a welcoming and peaceful space that you’ll want to work in, every day.

Let There Be Light - Make sure your office has plenty of light, ideally natural light from a window. If the space you’ve chosen doesn’t have any windows, purchase white LED lightbulbs that mimic natural light, these will increase serotonin production, keeping you focused and alert. A well-lit space reduces eye strain and gives you clarity of mind.

If you have plans to create your very own home office in the near future but are still on the hunt for your perfect home, visit our website to see our amazing selection of open communities in a variety of great locations.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM LIV COMMUNITIES

As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, please be advised that LIV Communities’ priority is ensuring the well-being of our customers, employees, trades, suppliers, as well as our communities.   As we continue to closely monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, we are taking all necessary precautions as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support the well-being of our team members, we have adjusted to remote work schedules, remote and virtual meetings, as well as implemented social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure that our environments remain as safe as possible across our organization and within communities.

We have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, so rest assured, your phone calls and emails will be attended to. We are communicating regularly with homeowners on an individual and departmental basis.

Please see below for department updates made the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  As always, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or 289.245.1300 for any general inquiries.

Head Office:  Although we have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, we are currently operating with rotating, minimal staff in the office. Our Head Office doors are locked and potential visitors are asked to email recepti[email protected] or call 289.245.1300

Sales Centres:  Our Nature’s Grand sales centre is open by appointment only beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020. Please note that there is a 2 purchaser maximum allowed to each appointment time (and no children). We are also still accepting virtual appointments via video or phone call. To book an in-person or virtual appointment, please call us at 226.922.0354 or email [email protected].

Service Department: All service is temporarily suspended.  Emergency situations must be directed to [email protected], or by contacting 905.971.0786.

Site Construction Teams: All necessary safety precautions are being taken as we mitigate with an essential and limited crew.  As information and policies are rapidly changing, our site staff is working and communicating continuously with municipalities and trades as well as our homeowners to provide the most current information. For more specific information, please contact [email protected] or 289.245.1300.

Décor Centre: As of April 27th, our Décor Studio will be available for appointments for our homeowners. The Décor Studio continues to be closed for all browsing and visitors.

The wellbeing of our clients and staff are paramount and we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards surrounding health and safety. We have implemented the following increased preventative measures:

  • Up to 2 adult visitors per home who are on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, per appointment. No children under the age of 18.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at work stations.
  • Ample hand-sanitizer will be provided and increased frequency of disinfecting areas has been implemented.
  • Vigilant hygiene practices will be enforced during appointments.
  • Employees have also been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of illness and to stay home if they are sick.

Our décor staff will also be screening clients when booking appointments, as well as prior to entry into the building. Individuals will be asked a series of health questions, as well as travel history.

If you are a homeowner with questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected], or phone 905.304.0471.

Thank you for your understanding and wishing everyone the best of health,

The LIV Communities Team