Building a home office

I have decided to finally build out a true home office, where I can work and perform important tasks separate from anyone else in the house. I have a room upstairs that seems perfect for the role. It is separate from the rest of the living area, which means it will be quiet, and it is a decent size room so I have plenty of space to utilize.

For a MVP (Minimum Viable Product), I need to do the following:

  • Remove ugly wallpaper from the walls.
  • Prime and paint walls.
  • Hire electrician to fix two electrical outlets in room, as they both currently have an open ground.
  • Replace ugly ceiling light.
  • Move my sitting desk into the room and use a box or something to make a temporary standing desk.
  • Add a nice rug in my desk area.

For the next iteration after, I mulling over:

  • Add book shelves.
  • Refinishing the floors (might be done in MVP while the room is empty).
  • Adding more electrical outlets (might be done in MVP if more convenient and cost reasonable with electrician).
  • Run CAT 6 cable into room for better network connectivity.
  • Building an actual standing desk.
  • Add a nice couch or seat for reading, playing video games, etc.
  • Add speaker system.

I’m sure I will think of a few more additions and there is a possibility I will move a few items from the next phase into the MVP phase if they are more convenient to do then. That said, I am really trying to keep the MVP phase as small as possible, as I want to use this room by the beginning of November.

No pressure.

Worst case turns into best case

A couple of days ago, I walked out of my house as part of my morning routine to head to work. Throwing my bag into my car, it suddenly dawned on me to check the status of my propane tank used for my kitchen stove. I didn’t want to run out of propane over the winter. Walking behind the house, I notice a couple of shingles laying on the walkway.

I walked into the backyard and moved further back until I could see the spot. Yep, the roof had lost a couple of shingles, exposing the black paper underneath.

Uh oh. Especially when the forecast called for torrential rain and especially since you hear horror stories about how expensive roofs are. I’m already mentally subtracting from my emergency fund. That is what the emergency fund is for, but man, this sucks.

At this point, I didn’t know what to do. I had never dealt with roof repairs before. I quickly determined there was no way I would climb on the roof when it was raining and potentially slippery. I’m not even sure I would go up there when it was bone dry. I decided to put out a call for help on Facebook to see if anyone knew a roofer.

My real estate agent (and friend) quickly responded, providing the name of a roofer that she highly recommended. I called him and two hours later, he was at my house. 15 minutes later, the missing shingles were replaced and the roof was whole again. He also said that the roof probably has another 3-5 years of life left.

Total cost? $89. Wow, that could have been so much worse. He told me he could charge far more for repairs, but he doesn’t because he wants me to come back to him when the roof needs replacement. Here’s a man who things the big picture and not how to make a quick buck.

Needless to say, I instantly made a note of his contact information. Customer for life.