I have to agree about the outlets ... You can never have too many.  Our home
office is set up with two sets of 4-plex on the one wall where the computer
desk was going to be.  I really would like to have a UPS system, but for now
I'm just using individual surge protectors.  Make sure you have all the
wires you think you'll need run through the walls before the drywall is on.
I would have liked to have CAT installed to a couple of other rooms in the
house - not just the office, but it sounds like too much work now.  

Not just home office design, but general house...
Phone lines should be in every room - even those you don't think you'll use
a phone; and don't forget the garage (we did)!  Speaker wire is another
thing to think about before the drywall goes up; we knew we couldn't afford
to buy speakers for every room right away, but we ran wire to specific spots
in every room, marked it on a "map", and just drywalled over.  Now, we can
slowly buy as we can afford, and cut the holes in the ceiling to install the
speakers where the map indicates; if you leave enough cable slack, you don't
have to have your holes exact to the position of the wire.

Our "office" is really another bedroom - complete with a small closet.
Since we weren't going to be storing clothes, my husband installed shelves,
so we have paper and printer supplies, extra cables, photo albums, and
anything else I can squeeze in there.  It's nice to have all that tucked
away and hidden.
Carmen

-----Original Message-----
From: James Newman, CDP [mailto:newmanas400@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 3:15 PM
To: pctech@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [PCTECH] Home office design

Technically, this doesn't have to do with AS/400, iSeries, i5, or pc's.  My
wife and I are in the process of designing a house, where I'll have a home
office.  The office space will be above a 3 car garage and house my AS/400
and at least 3 pc's.

I would appreciate good suggestions about home offices, good websites that
will help with layout, or anything ideas you wish you'd done in your SOHO.
Thanks.


Jim Newman




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