Are you launching a new business and just purchased commercial office space or have you owned and operated a company for a while but want to conduct an office remodel to improve productivity and overall office design? Whatever the reason may be, if you’re planning an office renovation project, you'll want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Of course, you'll also want to make sure that you’re happy with the renovation plans and results as well.
How to Plan a Successful Office Renovation
There are a lot of factors you and the project manager need to consider when planning to renovate your office. Many of those factors will be influenced by the specific type of business you run and the work environment you desire. That said, however, there are also some key factors that are consistent for an office renovation, no matter what sector you’re in. So, to help ensure that your office renovation goes off without a hitch, here are some vital tips to keep in mind.
Develop a Plan of Action
First and foremost, you’re going to want to come up with a strategy. While the plans can be fluid and you can make adjustments on an as-needed basis, you should also have a basic idea of how you are going to approach and complete the job.
Before contacting a local office renovation contractor, a design team, or any other professional for help, you should devise a plan of action. Pull out a piece of paper and a pencil, and do some brainstorming. Write down what you want to achieve and what functions your office will serve. Then, think about the elements that you want to incorporate that will help you achieve your goals.
It’s important to be organized when you’re planning an office renovation, and coming up with a strategy will help you do just that.
Establish a Budget
Once you’ve developed a basic plan of action, the next thing you’re going to want to do is set a budget. While it certainly would be nice if it did, money doesn’t grow on trees. As such, you’re going to need to figure out how much money you’re going to need to achieve your office renovation goals. Calculate the cost of all of the office furniture and building design elements that you want to include, as well as the help that you’re going to need to hire to complete the work.
Once you know your budget, you can then start thinking about how you’re going to fund the project. For example, do you have the money in the bank, do you know someone who could serve as an investor, or will you need to take out a loan?
Hire a Designer
Unless your business is interior design, to ensure the best results, you should hire a professional designer. A commercial interior designer will be able to help you bring your ideas to fruition from start to finish. You’ll be able to sit down with the design professional during the renovation process and share your vision and all of the elements that you want to include.
He or she will then be able to offer insight and come up with an effective design that will bring your ideas to life. From the layout, flow, features, and even the lighting, color scheme, and decorative elements, a professional designer will help to carefully plan and execute a one-of-a-kind idea that will speak to your brand/company culture and attract your target audience.
Pro tip: Trends come and go, but wood is and has always been a versatile building material. From aesthetically pleasing wood focal points to sustainable structures, integrating and installing wood-based designs is sure to make your office renovation a success.
Hire a Contractor
After you’ve hired and consulted with a commercial design professional, you’re going to want to hire an office renovation contractor (or contractors). The scope of your office renovation will determine what type of craftsmen you’ll need to hire. Examples of professionals that you might need to hire include carpenters, electricians, plumbers, HVAC techs, and painters.
If you’re planning on a full-blown office renovation project, then one of the most important steps is hiring a general contractor. A general contractor handles everything you need for the project. In other words, he or she will act as the foreman or the superintendent of the renovation project, will hire reputable and experienced subcontractors (electricians, plumbers, etc.), and will also dictate the work that needs to be done.
Plan for Furnishings
Now comes the fun part: new furnishings for the office space. Once the construction work is complete, the furnishings (such as casework and millwork) help pull everything together. The types of furnishings you incorporate should be functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. If you aren’t sure what type of furnishings to use in your updated commercial space, your designer will be able to offer some great solutions.
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