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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Office renovations happen because the spaces are outdated, small or a combination of both.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.

Job Roles on a Commercial Build

Every commercial building project will have various people involved. They seem to be doing similar things but their jobs are quite different, and this leads to some confusion. Example; “aren’t an architect and a builder the same thing?”. No, they’re not. Here is a breakdown on the job titles so that you know who is in charge of what on site.

 

Commercial Builder

A commercial builder or a firm has the resources to get the project off the blueprint and into real life. They have a network of subcontractors like electricians and plumbers on call to get the technical work and heavy lifting done. Builders do as their job title suggests and are seen both on the building site and behind a desk. They have technical knowledge about building codes, building laws as well as how to submit tenders and contracts. Commercial builders work directly with their clients and co-ordinate their sub-contractors to get the work done properly and on time.

Foreperson

On site, foremen are the principals of the schoolyard. They make sure that the rules are being followed on site and that the quality of work is up to standard. Foremen also work as a liaison between the seniors on the project and the trades on site. They’ll give reports to the builder or project manager or get them on the phone when the trades have a question.

Architect

Builders are more about the inside and the technical. Architects work with the outside and how the building appears. They design buildings to a brief depending on what the client wants and make design changes accordingly. They are more involved with the project during the initial planning stages and not seen on site unless called.

Engineer

A structural engineer’s job is vital during the planning stage. They make sure the commercial building will stand for a long time and not collapse because of poor load-bearing. Building services engineering has several subsections. Environmental engineers make sure a project is “green” and sustainable. Electrical engineers work in the “bones” of the project, designing the electrical systems for the building.