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The Computer Hub

We always hear that the kitchen is the center of the home, but in today’s technology savvy world, the computer hub is getting an equal amount of visitation.   Too often the location of the main family computer is left as an afterthought, another piece of furniture to fit in somewhere.  A laptop will take up permanent residence on a kitchen counter or a desk top will be put on a desk crammed into the corner of the living room.  Today the average adult spends 7 hours each day on a combination of TV watching, using the phone, and being online.  We usually dedicate the largest room in the house to TV watching, so what about the computer?

This home was in need of a total remodel. In addition to bad circulation through the kitchen and large wasted spaces, the computer was pushed up against a wall in a major walk way.

This home was in need of a total remodel. In addition to bad circulation through the kitchen and large wasted spaces, the computer was pushed up against a wall in a major walk way.

 

Even in a very small house, a computer hub is essential.  If your home currently lacks a designated space for your computer, it might be time for a small renovation.  At Studio Boise, we believe every family is different, and there is no one solution that works for everyone.  So before you start moving walls and buiding desks, think about how you use the computer each day.  Do you rely on a laptop or a desk top?  In the case of a laptop, most people transport it with them from room to room.  Maybe you just need a central location to store it while charging.

Studio Boise created a few floor plan options improving the flow of spaces and incorporating a computer desk, charging station, and mail sorting nook into the new kitchen design.

Studio Boise created a few floor plan options improving the flow of spaces and incorporating a computer desk, charging station, and mail sorting nook into the new kitchen design.

 

In the case of a desk top, a decent amount of space in the right location is crucial.  Deciding where to locate it depends on the use.  Is your desk top the family computer, being used by kids for homework and social media after school?  In our experience as residential designers, most parents like the family computer to be in a central and open location so that parents can easily monitor what the kids are seeing, reading, and playing online, but placing the computer on a built in desk recessed in a niche can be a nice way to keep the clutter of printers, pens, paper, and post-it notes out of the great room.

Studio Boise's digital model of the new kitchen design.

Studio Boise’s digital model of the new kitchen design.

 

Do you or your spouse work from home at this computer?  Even for individuals whom work primarily from home, the spacial needs differ.  If you are a parent, particularly of young children, and you work from home, you have the opportunity to work and take care of your toddlers.  Maybe your computer hub would be most conveniently located near the children’s play area or even adjoining a nursery.  If you work from home and do not need to monitor young children, a separate room serving as an office and separated from the noisy areas of the home may be the most productive.  Some people like to snack and work; a computer hub located adjacent to or even in your new kitchen design might be advantageous.  Others like to work, believe it or not, with sports on the television, or familiar movies.  For such people, an office worked into the living room could be most functional.  When finding the right space for your computer, list out your specific needs; this will direct you to the best location.

Studio Boise's second option created a medium sized computer/reading nook for the kids to do homework but keep the mess off the dining room table.

Studio Boise’s second option created a medium sized computer/reading nook for the kids to do homework but keep the mess off the dining room table.

 

If you are having a new custom home designed by a residential designer, do not forget that you need a computer hub.  Whether it is in a quiet niche at the top of your stairs, a stretch of additional counter in your kitchen, or full fledged office, plan this space from the beginning because the computer hub is a space that no one can do without.  Call Studio Boise today for a free consultation; we can help you find where and how much space to dedicate to your home’s computer hub.

Studio Boise creates digital models allowing you to see what your new remodel space looks like before comitting.

Studio Boise creates digital models allowing you to see what your new remodel space looks like before committing.

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