How to Create a Homework Station Worth Studying At

Posted by Andrew Baker, CAPS
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.


 If you’d love to see your kids get started on their homework without any reminders, a home remodel might be in your future.

HomeworkStation Brubaker

Homework. It’s a word that can inspire anxiety in any student—or parent. After a long day at school, plus the distractions of an increasingly mobile digital environment, it can be difficult to convince kids and teens to sit down and focus. One way to encourage positive study habits is the creation of a designated ‘homework station’ within your home, uniquely designed with all of the best studying comforts. We recently had the opportunity to transform such a space for one of our clients, and we’re happy to say that it’s working!

“My children love it so much that they actually go do their homework now without even being nagged to do it!”

— Client Testimonial

HomeworkStation-Before/After

Brubaker Inc.’s team of remodeling experts closed off the opening and installed a pocket door, ensuring that the homework station/play space could be partitioned off from the rest of the house—quiet regardless of what was happening nearby.

 Pocket Door

For toy storage (and boy, were there a lot of toys in that basement!), we built a 36-inch deep closet along the entire back wall. Two solid core Shaker-style doors were added to the closet to keep the mess from spilling out. The outer panels were covered in chalkboard paint—perfect for doodling, keeping score, and planning out assignments.

Toy Storage Chalkboard Doors

 The next thing we added was a permanent entertainment center to store all of the kids’ video game stuff—game systems, cartridges, DVDs, cords, and all those dangly things. Having one designated area for these types of toys makes things much easier during cleanup time.

Game/TV Center

We made sure to build the television space large enough to fit a bigger screen when the time comes. By incorporating small tweaks like this, we can save our clients from having to remodel again in the very near future (although, we are always happy and excited to help you transform your house into your dream home!).
TV Center

 

Then came the homework stations. We knew that it was important for each child to have the same amount of space, in order to avoid arguments. Durable Meganite countertops provide equal desk space for both kids, with one drawer and one large overhead cabinet each. Open shelving in between the desks is perfect for displaying school projects.

Homework Station

 A cork backsplash runs the entire length of the desk for pinning up assignments, drawings, and calendars, illuminated by under cabinet lighting. Lest we forget the needs of digital natives, a USB charging station was included in order to provide outlets for iPods, iPads, phones and other devices.

USB Homework Station

 By creating various zones within the new space (entertainment, toys, homework), we were able to help our clients make the back to school transition easier for their children.

Homework Station

As a family-owned business in operation since 1945, we understand the challenges of shaping your house around changing needs. We’re here to help, as your one-stop-shop for transforming your house into the home you envision for today and for future generations. We believe in single-source responsibility, which means that everything you need for your home remodel is under one roof—full accountability and quality control. With a dedicated manager for each project, our clients have a single point of contact and a full two-year warranty on our workmanship—twice the industry standard.

 

Project Year: 2016                                                                           
Remodeling Specialist: Andrew Baker
Project Cost: $10,001 – $25,000

 

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