Our lease is up on our US-based office-space in July, so it's back on my radar to evaluate our office-space situation.
Two of our partners rather like the idea of leasing a house rather than standard office-space.
We have 4 partners and one employee.
I'm against the idea at this moment in time.
Pros, as I see them
- Easier to get a good location (minimize commutes)
- All partners/employees have dogs. Easier to work longer hours without dog-duties pulling people back home
- More comfortable bathroom situation
- Residential Internet Rate
- Control of the thermostat
- Clients don't come to our office, so this would not change our image
- The additional comfort-level should facilitate a significantly higher-percentage of time "in the zone" for programmers and artists.
Cons, as I see them
- Additional bills to pay (house-cleaning, yard, util, gas, electric)
- Additional time-overhead in dealing with bills (house-cleaning, yard, util, gas, electric)
- Additional overhead required to deal with issues that maintenance would have dealt with in a standard office-space
- Residential neighbors to contend with
The equation starts to look a little nasty when factoring in potential time-overhead, especially on issues that a maintenance crew would deal with at a standard office complex.
Can this be a good thing for a software development shop?