I read with great interest this blog post from about 7 years ago when RetiringSyd.com wrote about the impact of early retirement on her relationship with her husband. Not only did her thoughts mirror recent conversations my dear wife and I have been having, but the comment section had the experiences of many others living with their spouse 24×7 for the first time.
Certainly the old adage “Retirement: Half the money; Twice the husband” seems to play true for many people sharing a house and not finding enough room for a space of their own. This is something that we have been discussing … and making some plans around.
Last summer I posted about the need to have “A Place Not To Work” and today I thought I would update that post with the new home office that we’ve created. It’s an “extra” bedroom in our lower level that had been left unfinished since we built our house 6+ years ago. We hired a builder to finish off this room and do a couple other projects in our house over the past 1+ months.
Here is what the new space looks like empty …
The plan is that I will use the room as my new home base to work on projects related to board work that I do and if occasional consulting projects come my way. It is out of the way of the typical traffic in our house, so it will be a good place to escape to.
The room is empty now, but the French Doors (that I got on Craig’s List) lead out to a nice shady patio that will be great in the summer. I’ve just started to outfit the room – in a fashion my wife & son call my “Executive Man Cave” style – here are some of the plans:
- Super plush carpeting with radiant floor heat
- Two IKEA bentwood/leather lounge chairs – for reading
- New 50″ UHD TV – amazing picture! – to catch the news
- Pacemaster treadmill, with a laptop rack – walk while watch
My goal is to also get a very large, mombo-sized desk set up with some bookshelves above it. I’ll use the desk to plug in my laptop to a monitor and wifi printer. If I keep the room for work related activity related to my LLC, I can write off the square footage as a business expense. I have a lot of books & files in my current MegaCorp office that will need a home.
The room has turned out so plush, my dear wife is afraid I’m going to move into this room permanently, but I think she’ll be happy I will not be “underfoot” all of the time. She has long claimed the kitchen as her “office” – it also has a dedicated desk she likes to work at – so we each have our own space.
Any interior design tips out there?
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