What a successful commercial renovation project looks like

Everyone wants their  renovation to be successful. Unfortunately, clients can get so fixated on the outcome that they don’t understand the process. A successful commercial renovation isn’t all about the shiny ‘after’ photo that goes on your Facebook page. It’s layers of the below:

 

  • Goals-oriented

Careful planning and having crystal-clear aims are key in the early stages. Goals include:

  • The amount of square meters you want to add
  • Spend X amount of money overall
  • What the finished result needs to look like

It’s important that you also question why you want to renovate. Is the place old in general and needing an update? Does the infrastructure need repairs? Do you want to become more eco-friendly.

 

  • Your team has done its homework

Doing homework before coming to us will make it easier to get over obstacles. You’ll spend less money on those roadblocks that pop up because your team found them out and presented them to us beforehand. Doing your homework should include facts about:

  • How old the infrastructure is
  • If there’s any heritage features that can’t be touched
  • Electrical problems that have occurred frequently
  • Evaluations from past site reports/inspections

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  • You have thought about what’s good for employees and customers

Retail, office, gym, industrial, medical: all these commercial spaces will have customers and employees coming in and out. A successful commercial renovation caters to both. Decent lighting, areas where employees can take breaks, and enough space for customers to move around in are only a few of the factors you need to take into account.

 

 

  • Cost breakdowns/budgeting

Companies spend more money on one area than another. This can be new computers, the air conditioning, the plant and equipment, appliances, anything. During the research stage, there will be a cost breakdown of how much will be spent per area. This way there is total transparency when it comes to where the money is going.

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  • Flexibility

Your builder has a schedule and does their best to get the commercial renovation finished on time. But this doesn’t give clients license to hound about deadlines. Give or take several weeks to make sure those final touches are just right. The wait is going to be worth it.

 

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Include these perks in your next fitout for happy employees

People spend the majority of their time in their workplace, so it makes sense to create a welcoming environment that they can enjoy spending time in. To do this, find a way to cater to their tastes and lifestyles. You also need to be mindful about the obstacles they face on their way to work and provide a solution; they’ll be grateful for it. The below ideas are some additions you can include in your next office fitout. They’ll help with creating happier employees, which in turn boosts productivity.

 

  • Showers

It’s common for people to hit the gym early and then head to work straight afterwards. The gym showers might be occupied or have no facilities like this at all.

Having shower facilities in the office takes the extra stress off employees. They can get to work on time and feel fresh before they start their day at the office. It’s handy for those who go for a workout or a run  during their lunch as well.

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  • Parking space

Another big stresser for employees is where to park their car. Street spaces are usually full or there’s none at all around the workplace. If your building has room, speak with us about installing a parking lot in the scope for the office fitout. Life happens, and people run late. Having a guaranteed parking space will take some of the anxiety away in the morning.

 

  • Big kitchen

Tiny kitchens with a single microwave and a bar fridge just won’t cut it in this day and age. Your company has grown, so it’s time to get a professional grade kitchen that’s worthy of a magazine spread.

Speak with our builder and designer about what you want the new office kitchen to look like; how much space to use, colour scheme, appliances, etc. The team is going to be happier because there’s no longer a line for the microwave, the sandwich press, or the coffee machine.

Image credit: Glassdoor UK

Image credit: Glassdoor UK

 

  • Ergonomic design

Sitting at a desk for most of the day will result in low motivation and back problems. Ergonomics has come far in the past decade, with chairs and desks designed specifically for comfort in the office. Another idea is to invest in some standing desks.

 

  • Gym access

It’s a bit on the extravagant side, but executive office fitouts will often include a gym. There’s no reason why you can’t follow suit. Employers are more conscious about promoting health and wellness and are more aware of employee’s wellbeing. Some even organise team-building events by taking employees to a local gym.

 

Your office fitout can go beyond a new paint job and power-saving appliances. Perks like office showers, comfortable seating arrangements, and a new, shiny kitchen are only a few of the options you can choose to help your employees feel happier and more comfortable at work.

 

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