How to build a modular home office
My wife and I will now be working from home permanently. With no spare bedrooms, I am turning to our basement for office space. It is currently unfinished, but dry, well insulated, and heated. The space is 30’ x 40’ free-spanning. Because I am not sure we will be staying in this home long term I do not want to invest the time into finishing it myself or the expense to pay someone else to finish it. So my idea…
I’m considering building two 8’ long x 8’ wide x 7’ 6” high “office pods.” I would frame a 2×4 16” on center floor with 3/4” subfloor. 2×4 24” on center walls and ceiling. I would finish the interior walls with some pre-finished paneling.The goal would be to reduce sound transmission to the point where we can both have uninterrupted conference calls with our pods a few feet away from each other.
My question is what is the best/most economical way to do this. Some thoughts were to hang drywall on the inside and outside of the studs for mass, but avoid mudding and taping by using pre-finished panels. Should I try and make it air tight, but then ventilate through something like a tamarack grill? Insulate the stud walls with rock wool for additional sound proofing? Use exterior doors? Is it worth building a floor, or should I just let it sit on the slab? I have some old Pella windows I could install for natural light?
I’m open to all suggestions or telling me just to finish the basement…Thanks!
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