Once you get to this step, you might want to consider calling an architect or interior designer for help — especially one with some experience planning residential workplaces. He can quickly develop a sketch for you that will pull it all together, and he might come up with some new ideas. This service can be retained on an hourly basis with a limited scope, and so it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Once you have a drawing, you can then choose to proceed on your own again.

Create a comfortable and healthy en-vironment. Working from home, you’re in charge of creating your own work environment. It should be at least as comfortable and healthy as the traditional workplace, and can be even more so. It’s up to you to protect yourself from fatigue, eyestrain, and repetitive stress injuries. A workplace design professional can help you here, but you can also bone up on ergonomics yourself. There’s lots of information now available in print and on the Internet which will help you make good decisions about chairs, keyboards, desk heights, and lighting.

Design a place for who you are. The “Dilbert” cubicle doesn’t have to exist in your own home. At home, you’re in control of your destiny, which presents both responsibility and opportunity. A home office doesn’t have to be a barren cell. Think out of the box — or out of the cubicle — and plan an office that fits your own design tastes. Plan for places to display art, mementos, collectibles, personal photos, or anything else that reflects your life and passions. Let your workplace reflect the things in life that, for you, are worth working for.