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Office renovation trends

Office renovations happen because the spaces are outdated, small or a combination of both. Facebook feeds and blogs are now major sources of “renovation inspiration”. News sites provide a platform for companies to show off their new office space, designed to inspire awe and maybe a bit of envy. Here are some trends that are making a splash.

Open-air

Open plan living is more often applied to homes, but it does well in an office renovation. Cubicles are getting replaced in favour of desks where people can work but don’t feel “caged in”.

The benefits of open-plan offices apply to both the workers and the wallet. Employees feel like the office is less confined but they can still work in their own space. On the financial side, the office renovation budget is still intact because the project manager didn’t have to waste money on new cubicles.

Themed spaces

Airbnb is touted as a fun place to work because their offices aren’t the same as everyone else’s. The designers of the offices in Surrey Hills were told to bring a “sense of travel” to the offices. Employees can work in spaces designed and named after locations around the world where the company operates.

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“Coogee” kitchen in Airbnb’s Sydney office

(Photo credit: www.news.com.au)

When you start your office renovation and want spaces to follow a certain theme, it’s important to talk to the builder and interior designer. The designer will have plenty of ideas and resources to get the look you want. If you’re stuck for ideas, there’s plenty of online resources to get you on the right track.

Au naturel

Wooden panelling is more commonplace in office spaces. Darker woods give a “warmer” aesthetic and a feel of elegance. Recycled timber that was once painted and sanded down gives a more “bohemian” vibe. If the timber is recycled, it’s better for the environment and the budget (because of its low cost).

Another way of reducing the office’s carbon footprint is installing a green wall. The plants act as a “filter” by drawing on excess carbon dioxide and other pollutants. They then supply the space with more oxygen. Plus, from a design point of view green walls in an office are pleasant on the eye.

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Keeping costs down on a commercial renovation

Commercial renovation projects are an expensive practice. Before you’ve gotten the project off the ground, you must consider money and how much you have available. The building is already there; you just need to find a way to “refresh” it without emptying the budget.

Reuse and recycle

Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s useless or broken. Keep the employee’s desks but add a lick of paint. You might even consider restoring it. Freestanding furniture is easier to move around compared to ones that are built into the building. Therefore they’re easy to transport to and from a workshop.

If the furniture is beyond renovations themselves, companies have the option to buy in bulk to keep costs down. There’s second hand/vintage shops as well that can save lots of money without sacrificing quality.

Go green

Renovation means out with the old and in with the new and more efficient. Older buildings aren’t fitted with eco-friendly options. This means various bills, and the carbon footprint, are through the roof.

It’s important to discuss new fittings with the builder and where you want them. Contractors replace a lot of lighting and plumbing fixtures during commercial renovation projects.

Go minimalist

One of the points of a renovation is updating the space. This is used as an opportunity to get rid of items that clutter a commercial space. Discuss a minimalist approach with the builder’s designer and architect. They’ll find a way to make the space more “open” and airy. Open plan offices are getting more popular because they let in more natural light and boost productivity.

Rent

Buying new costs A LOT when it comes to tech. Photocopiers, monitors, phones and more will burn through cash quickly when bought fresh off the production line. Some businesses have solved this dilemma by renting instead.

Just because a space is getting renovated doesn’t mean money should get spent on anything and everything. Discussing the budget with the builder, restoring the furniture and going green are some ways to keep costs down.