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My work as a business consultant puts me in touch with contractors seeking to improve their businesses and their working lives. One of the first places I start with is their existing office space. Rearranging the physical work environment can almost always enhance efficiency. I find there are three basic types of construction offices: The strictly home office. This workspace is set up for the company owner and maybe one assistant; generally, clients and employees do not visit this space, so it answers to work needs only. The semi-formal home office. Usually, this is within the contractor's home or attached directly to it; the workspace is for the owner and office people, and becomes a place where clients and employees