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Advantages of Renting Boutique Work Spaces

Boutique work spaces have been popping up all over the place in the past few years and may have prompted you to wonder what the big attraction to this type of work space would be. Here are a few advantages that you might find helpful when considering renting a boutique work space.

What is a Boutique Work Space?

Also known as shift or virtual work space, a boutique work space or office is a furnished office building that you can rent by the hour or by the day. They are meant to provide the functionality of having your own office when you need one, without having to sign an extensive lease agreement. This type of office space is very cost effective for smaller businesses or those who work from home who may only need to actually be in the office office-spaceone or two days a week.

First Impressions Matter

For small or single proprietor businesses a boutique work space can provide a much more impressive first impression for a much lower overhead cost. Although not all boutique work spaces offer the same inclusions, most boutique work spaces offer an assortment of amenities that you would otherwise have to purchase yourself, such as larger conference rooms, fax services, reception staffing, and much more.

In addition it is an inexpensive way to have a “store front”. That doesn’t mean you have to have a store. It is simply a term that means a business property. If you work from home, this is a way to meet with clients in a professional atmosphere, without having to have people traipsing in and out of your home.

They Typically Offer an Assortment of Services and Amenities

Boutique work spaces are meant to be a functional office space that you do not have to set-up or furnish yourself. To meet this requirement they typically offer included in your daily rent or for an additional fee items such as:

  • Furnished Office Space
  • Waiting Area
  • Phone and Fax Lines
  • Conference Rooms (Usually with advanced booking)
  • Reception Staffing
  • A Street Address

Virtual or boutique offices are a great way to provide a big company feel to your smaller business without the added overhead. They are available when you need them and you only pay for the time you actually use, versus having an office that you would have to pay for the whole month whether you use it or not. These are just a few of the advantages to renting a boutique work space for your next meeting

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Custom Cabinets for the Garage

When people think of custom cabinetry, they usually think of the kitchen or bathroom; the garage is rarely the first thing that pops to mind. People generally consider using rubber or plastic ready made store bought cupboards or pegboards when they think about organizing the garage, but custom cabinets are actually an excellent option.

Why Custom Cabinets?

Garage space is at a premium in most homes; trying to store winter items, yard garage-cabinetry-3equipment, a car or two, bikes, and other sporting equipment. That’s why it is important to find an organizational method that has a place for everything, and everything has its place. Instead of spending a thousand dollars or more on a shed that is only going to deteriorate over time and take up a large portion of your yard for storage, invest in custom cabinets for the garage.

Custom Cabinets are designed and installed to fit your needs and your space. They come in all shapes, sizes, and with features that you cannot find in your typical prefabricated snap together cabinets. They look substantially nicer too. In addition to features, shapes and sizes, there is also a wide range of materials that custom cabinets for the garage can be built out of. This provides even more flexibility and design options for this very vital location in your home.

Work Space Durability

Every home has those odd jobs and repairs that need to be done, making a secure and durable work bench a necessity. Choosing to have specially designed custom cabinets for organization and storage gives you the opportunity to create a functional workspace to not only finish home repairs and upgrades, but also all of those messy kid’s projects, and crafts that seem to take over the house on a regular basis. When designing your cabinetry, consider adding a solid work top to a waist height cabinet; stone or concrete are good options as they are durable and easy to clean, just spray them off with a hose.


You may think a “Lazy Susan” is just for the kitchen, but you would be wrong. Incorporating a specialty “Lazy Susan” into garage cabinetry is an excellent way to create access to all of those infrequently used items such as paint, screws and nails, or BBQ utensils.

Taking the “Lazy Susan” a step further, why not incorporate a swivel or revolving wrack into a standing cabinet to store those tall yard tools. This type of cabinetrgarage-cabinetsy takes full advantage of even the smallest of spaces keeping everything together neatly, and easily accessible when you need it.

Lighting and electrical outlets are another functional feature that is available in custom cabinetry that you cannot get in pre-made storage cupboards. In addition to interior lighting and electrical outlets providing you with better visibility for projects and the ability to plug in more tools, it also helps you to keep those dangerous cords under control. By having specific outlets installed for specific tools you free up other areas and avoid having to move things around in order get to an outlet or plug in the tool you wish to use. This minimizes accidents and injuries.

Increased Home Value
There is nothing like walking into the garage of a home that you are looking to buy and seeing well-designed custom cabinetry lining the walls. This is a great selling point for any home. It provides the home buyer with ready to move in storage that they recognize right away; the same way that custom cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom or a walk-in closet do in the interior of the home.

Cost Effective Investment

Unlike the cheaply made plastic or plywood cupboards that you can pick up at the corner department or hardware store, custom cabinetry will last a lifetime when taken care of properly. Storearage-cabinets-2 bought products may last a few years, but will begin to warp and deteriorate over time and with usage; eventually needing to be replaced.

Custom cabinetry is built to order with quality materials, hinges, and accessories. You can pick the colors, materials, and layout that you want, where as you basically get to choose from what is on the shelf when you buy snap together or plywood cabinet products. So for the same price that you will pay to continually replace the cheaper cabinetry available at the local department store you will have a product and design you actually want and only have deal with installation once.

Another way in which custom cabinets are cost effective is in its ability to protect your equipment. Because they are so much more durable than standard cupboards, custom cabinets reduce the likelihood of having to replace tools and equipment from being stored improperly saving you money in the end.

Better Organization

Because custom cabinets are designed and installed to your specific needs and floor plan, they stay organized better. That doesn’t mean that they can’t get cluttered or overloaded if you don’t stay on top of things. But, with custom cabinetry you have all the right places and features to put your things away safely and securely until you need them again.

With standard cabinetry you basically get a box with a door or two and a few shelves to try and stack everything in. This creates piles, chaos, and disasters as things get bumped over, and fall off of shelves when trying to find items in the back. This also creates hazardous situations from items falling out of cupboards when opening cupboard doors, and with the items stored in the garage this can be especially dangerous. Those saved medical costs are another one for the cost effective section above.

Final Verdict

With all things considered, cost, functionality, safety, appearance, and value custom cabinetry for the garage is a win-win situation. So before you go out and spend a fortune on pre-made cupboards or sheds for the backyard take a good look at your custom cabinet options; you may be surprised at just how much you can get for your money.