As some of you may know, Dan and I used to run our own business and I often dreamt about the office we may have one day with the army of employees running around us. Having the flexibility of being our own bosses and the independence it bought was so much fun but the stress soon got in the way and turns out I wasn’t great at selling! However, I still cast my mind back to the dream office so I thought I’d share some of my dreams with you. It may sound odd, but I always thought we would end up having a quirky old warehouse or barn somewhere and then build the office into it. We were never going to start out with a huge office room so for us to get a small space and make clever use of the space was always the way forward. You can get a small barn somewhere and then use a company such as Warehouse Storage Solutions to make clever use of the space with a mezzanine floor.
Ok, I know you are reading this and thinking what are you on about Sian…. but bear with me. Think cute barn in the country, amazing views, team office space below with an office for Dan and I overhead on a mezzanine floor. It would combine the old and new perfectly and you can make the space really industrial, clean and modern to encourage employees to work. I can still picture it now…
I would have some snugs or chill out areas because I know as an employee you really do just need to get away from your desk but you also need somewhere creative to think and explore ideas. I’d also have a good kitchen / dining room area where the team could have a decent lunch (there is nothing worse than having just a kettle at work!) and have a bit of space during their lunch breaks. That and a coffee machine… instant is never fun on a Monday morning! Furthermore, I would make sure that the space was practical. Fill it with clever storage ideas, make it modern and funky and somewhere people want to go.
On a practical level, I would want to try and make it economical. Try solar panels, encourage recycling and plant a nice garden out the front for the summer days. Have bright windows to let natural light in and make it feel less like an office and more like a creative place to come and work in.
However, as much as I would love this to be a reality, it is very much a dream. But, you never know
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