My Custom Home Office Tour and Setup (Designed by Me!)

I've gotten so many requests to do a custom home office tour for you…so here it is!

Last year, my wife and I became homeowners for the very first time. It was a truly a huge moment for us because we'd been renting ever since we were married (5 years), putting money aside each month so we could someday live in our dream home. It's not a mansion or anything like that, but it was a new build, and definitely an upgrade from where we came from.

Our goals in selecting a new home were primarily related to the kids. A kid-friendly neighborhood with nearby parks and recreational areas, lots of other relatively young families, and a top-notch school district. Personally, it was a mandatory requirement to have a space that was to become my own office that I could build from scratch in a way that was best suited for the kind of work that I do.

It was definitely a blank slate which was fun to work with, but that was also very challenging too. The main direction came from what I did for work and how I wanted the space to enhance that, which you'll see in the video.

I definitely invested money into this space, comparable to that of buying a new car, however this is where my business is done within the home and I wanted to optimize my space and my work to become the most efficient person I could be. 'Invested' being the key word here.

Additionally, I wanted the home office to look and feel entirely different from the rest of the home, so when I come in here I can truly check-in both physically and mentally to do the work I need to do, and when I leave the office I can close the door and check-out as well. This was very important to me because I've had issues separating work and personal life in the past.

It's definitely a contemporary, modern space as you'll see. Since working in this office for a little less than a year now, I can definitely say it's working for me and has paid off for sure.

With that said, going back to 2009 when I filmed my first home office tour (link below) you definitely do not need to a huge fancy space and spend a lot of money in order to get work done and build a successful business. You just need to be able to have a space to take action and get what you need done, and at the very least be motivated when you get into that space and organized so you can focus less on cleaning up your area, and immediately get into the tasks you need to complete.

For those of you interested, here are some elevations of the space which, if you know how to read architectural drawings, directly translate to what you see here in this video:

West Facing Wall:

North Facing Wall:

Video Walkthrough of Space BEFORE it was built, which I sent to my designer for preliminary ideas:

It was quite a trip working on the "other end" of the architectural world this time around. For years it was my job as an architect and drafter to serve clients who would hire us for design work, and this time around it was me who was hiring the designer. I think it made my designer's life much easier because I could speak the language and easily read the elevations and plans for the space. Here's who I worked with:

CCH Design (I worked with Vanessa – she was awesome!):

And finally, other helpful links mentioned in this particular episode:

My Office Tour when I was in an apartment (October 16, 2009):

Mic Flags: (no affiliate program, but do mention that Pat sent you!)

Audimute Soundproofing:

Printer – HP LaserJet 1102w:

ScanSnap Scanner:

5-Minute Journal:

Muse Brain Sensing Headband:

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    28 comments
    Lynne Knowlton says February 13, 2015

    @Pat Flynn you are awesome sauce!! Thanks for pulling back the curtain and sharing your home office space!! LOVE!! Big hugs, Lynne!

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      Pat Flynn says February 13, 2015

      Thanks Lynne!

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    Thomas Frank says February 13, 2015

    So I’m moving in a few months, and my plan has always been to try emulating my current room as closely as possible when that happens – but I think you’ve just inspired me to try working in a standing work area now.

    Also, your Macbook decal is awesome 🙂

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    The Audacity to Podcast says February 13, 2015

    Thanks for sharing! I’m considering building my own space, too.

    What was the approximate cost of the shell construction?

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    Andy McClung says February 13, 2015

    I am floored by the fact that you still have the $5 I gave you pinned to your inspiration board!  The website you inspired me to created just paid for my new iMac that was delivered today ironically enough.  🙂  Your office looks amazing, and I am beyond happy for you and your success.  Thank you for everything you do to help the niche & business community.

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      Pat Flynn says February 13, 2015

      YES! I’m so happy you saw that Andy, and congratulations on all that you’ve done, and I wish you all the best! Thank YOU for all of the support 🙂

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      Jerry Dugan says February 13, 2015

      What’s the story behind the $5?

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      Andy McClung says February 14, 2015

      @Jerry Dugan Thanks to @Pat Flynn, I was inspired to create the website that I always wanted to create in my area of expertise.  It started as a small project and has blossomed into a fun website that I love to work on.  The $5 was the Google Adsense earnings from the first month when the website went live now two years ago or so.  When Pat came to Nashville and hosted a meetup, I drove down from KY to meet him and give him my first month’s earnings to say “thanks” for his inspiration.  It is a small token I know, but it’s the first fruits of the labor put into my project and I wanted him to have it.

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    DaUN1T0916 says February 13, 2015

    Pat Sweats a perfect set of headphones. Amazing

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    Marcus Karoumi says February 13, 2015

    Fun to see how you work. More of this. Love it!

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    JessVideoDude says February 14, 2015

    Congratulations Pat, the space looks awesome! You are an example for us that hard work pays off. Keep up the good work 🙂

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    John Pullum says February 14, 2015

    I have the sudden urge to clean my office. Great video. Thanks for all you do. I appreciate you.

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      Pat Flynn says February 14, 2015

      And I you! 

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    Brent Owens says February 14, 2015

    Very cool Pat! I can tell you put a ton of time and energy into making the best of your workspace. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Steve Kluver says February 15, 2015

    Thank you for the tour Pat. That paint color on the wall is perfect. I too now will have to get me one of those glass white boards!

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    Anthony Antonicello says February 18, 2015

    Pat you are hilarious! Love the video! Thats for being “real’! Keep on keepin on brother!

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    Mary Rogers says February 18, 2015

    This is great! A perfect example of how having well though out, functional space makes for higher quality work. Thanks Pat!

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    Vincent Bouvier says February 20, 2015

    Hi Pat,

    I wonder where did you get your (writable) stand-up desk ?

    Cheers from France !

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    Justin Brooke says February 21, 2015

    Dude, I’ve played MTG for almost 20 years now. Great seeing you at T&C Summit.

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    stoi689 says March 9, 2015

    I thought he had a big stain on his t shirt at first watch 😂

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    Roberto Blake says March 23, 2015

    Thanks for the tour! Yeah this actually helps with some of the changes I want/need to make around my own home office!

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    Bryan Collins says March 27, 2015

    Nice video Pat. Thanks for sharing the insight into your inner work life.

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    SweetPotatoSoul says July 18, 2015

    wow!! I love your workspace Pat. Watching this video was super inspiring. It gave me a lot of ideas for my future dedicated work space (currently I work between my dining room table and the desk in my bedroom). I can’t wait to get caught up on all of your other videos!!

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    Ben Landers says January 4, 2016

    Such a great office, thanks for the tour Pat. I love how intentional everything is – Well Done!

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    Diann Wingert says October 15, 2018

    I had a professional office for years, then a private office at We Work and now finally, I have moved my office to my home. It isn’t nearly as well designed as yours, but I love the fact that you have specific places for specific tasks. That will work well for me too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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