According to CNNMoney, nearly 3.9 million U.S. workers now telecommute, a tally that includes full-time employees who work from home at least half the time. This boils down to about 3% of the total American workforce. In addition, freelance workers – those who work independently either full- or part-time – currently make up about 34% of the U.S. workforce, a percentage that is expected to rise to 43% by the year 2020.
With nearly 40% of American workers currently working from home at least part of the time, the home office has become a necessity rather than a luxury. Here are four essentials to make working at home work for you.
Equipment. Efficiency and speed are crucial when you work at home. Determine which equipment is necessary for you to complete your work quickly and efficiently, but don’t invest in items you won’t use on a daily basis. Also, talk to your homeowner’s insurance agent to be sure your home office equipment is adequately insured. Most standard policies provide low limits on coverage for property used primarily for business purposes.
If you need a private office environment that allows you to achieve better work/life balance, consider a home office shed built with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products. LP shed products are used to construct some of the most beautiful, durable, well-crafted outdoor structures available. Visualize shed designs, choose your desired size and get more tips from LP Outdoor Building Solutions today.
Redoing your home’s exterior can be a big undertaking. If you’re looking for a simple way to update your home’s exterior, window trim is a great place to start. Updating your trim color or texture can transform the look and feel of your home without executing an entire re-side. For those looking to do a full re-side, considering outside window trim ideas to suit your housing style will finish off the look of your build.Continue Reading
Knowing the purpose and benefits of various trim options can be overwhelming when re-siding your home. Though you may not think to place soffit and fascia high on your priority list when it comes to home updates, they are crucial elements to a secure build and contribute to cohesive curb appeal.
Choosing colors for your home can be a difficult decision. You may be deciding between the basics or an out-of-the-box combination. You may want to stand out with trending exterior house colors but without leaning on a brief style craze. And considering your home’s style and your region’s characteristics can add even more factors to the mix.
Creating curb appeal for your home offers an exciting opportunity to bring your personal style to life. Beyond choosing a great engineered wood lap siding like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, there are many accessories and products that can help you add flair to your home’s exterior. We asked Erik Perkins of the Perkins Builder Brothers for his insights and ideas for making your home’s exterior stand out.