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Working from home? You are not alone!

Peters interior den

For many people trying to work from home during this time of uncertainty, it can be difficult transitioning from a central place of work to a home workspace. For those who commute to New York or New Jersey from the Poconos, a home office would be essential. If you think you are alone, no need to fret. YouGov conducted a survey, partnering with USA TODAY and LinkedIn. The results show that 54% of people did not have a remote work set up before the quarantine period this year, while 74% of professionals aged 18 to 74 have been working from home.

Home offices are therefore one of the many reasons to build a new home vs buying on the resale market.  Dedicated office spaces are relatively new in new home plan design, and many older resale homes do not offer it.  This essential space provides both comfort and convenience, granting you everything you need to be productive within the comfort of your own home. It offers a quiet space for people to focus on their tasks, which could be even more effective than an actual office space! With a home office, you can grab your morning coffee and get straight to work without any distractions to stop you.

Working from home can be as simple as setting your laptop on the kitchen table to turning an extra bedroom into a dedicated office space. The reality is that we all need our own space to be truly effective, tucked away from distractions that may hinder our performance. At RGB Custom Home Builders, we offer many portfolio homes which include a dedicated home office. Click here to view our portfolio homes.

Once you have your brand-new home office, here are a few ideas to make the most out of your work at home environment.

The first thing you should focus on is comfort. A spacious desk and a comfortable chair are the foundations of any workspace. Once those are in place, you can set up your desktop or laptop, and don’t be afraid to change things around to make sure that your new office is convenient for you and how you work. Make sure the lighting is good and when possible face a natural light source to remind you of the world outside. Remember to decorate the area behind your desk in an appropriate way for any video calls and meetings. Finally, it is important that you have good connection to the internet, use range extenders if needed to be sure none of your work or meetings are interrupted by a bad connection.

Once your new office is complete, then it is time to let your new office inspire you!

Custom home front exterior with tan siding, dark green shake and pillared entrance


We wanted to tell you that we enjoy our new home more each day.  We know of others who are not nearly as satisfied with their builders, and we wanted to share some observations about building with RGB that our friends find remarkable.

When you have an environmentally sensitive piece of property and Joe Seagraves meets with you every other Sunday for a year to make sure the design makes maximum use of the views and is exactly what you want (and still complies with environmental code), before you write a single check, you realize that you were correct in deciding to work with RGB.  When you struggle with colors and Joe Brown makes recommendations that everyone subsequently finds cozy and correct, you appreciate the talent and care at RGB.  When the workmanship by Joe DiBenedetto, the custom cabinet maker, is clear to everyone, and he takes pains to reconfirm the design and makes sure it is done right and it fits beautifully, you appreciate the workmen RGB uses.  When Mary calls because she is worried that your paperwork for the warranty isn’t completed and reminds you to get it in, you appreciate the diligent staff at RGB.  When people admire the house and ask who built it, and then describe the nightmare they had with their builder, you are glad you chose RGB.  When Phil knocks at the door because Joe told him that there was still an issue with some trim, and they were waiting for the weather to get warmer, and you didn’t even know there was a problem, you are thankful you chose RGB.  And when the house wins awards for best design in new construction by the Pocono Builders Association, you again know why you chose RGB.

For these and many more reasons we recommend RGB to anyone considering construction in the Poconos, and we invite you to share this letter of recommendation to others who are still struggling with their decision.

….appreciative of the RGB’s diligence, honesty and quality and thankful we chose RGB.

— James & Joan Griffen