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The Anatomy of a Hassle-Free Office Fitout

Your renovation doesn’t have to be as stressful as renovation stereotypes make it out to be. Having a mostly hassle-free office fitout is possible as long as you take care of essential business, including the ones below.

 

Quote and budget

Your budget shouldn’t only cover the build. If you’re the business owner or office manager, you must think of the other practicalities. You have to work out the cost of storage, network suspensions, and new/refurbished furniture among others.

After getting your quote, shop around for deals and negotiate with the builder. But as always, prepare for hold-ups and unforeseen situations the will require extra funds.

 

Know what you want

By the time you meet with us, you’d have stalked interior design blogs and might have a Pinterest board (or five) dedicated to a certain look. Our job is to get your office fitout dream as close to the real thing as possible.

Googling is encouraged

Googling is encouraged

But it’s not all about aesthetics. An office renovation is a chance to seriously upgrade other aspects of your business. A big one is going green. With most work going through cloud-based systems, paperless offices are on the rise. You can make your office greener by ordering low-emission lights and WELS-approved taps and installing a couple of green walls to boost the oxygen levels. Speak with the architect and interior designer about wider, floor-to-ceiling windows. Natural light not only boosts the mood of employees but lessens the number of electric lights in the building overall.

 

Ask questions

You’re the one who’s going to be living in the office so it’s important that you love the finished result.

Ask us about our past clients and to see the portfolio. Ask about any potential setbacks that could happen on an office fitout. Ask about our trades and how much extra work will cost. It’s a builder’s job to be transparent and deliver an amazing office space to clients.

 

Be present

Contrary to popular belief, you aren’t stepping on any toes if you call once in a while for an update. We’ll do that ourselves, regularly, but client input is always welcome. The same goes for any changes or perceived problems. We don’t know if you’re happy with the progress being made on the office fitout if you aren’t there to answer questions.

You call us, we call you

You call us, we call you

 

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4 ways to make your office fitout look expensive

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5 more ways to make your office fitout look expensive

 

We wrote a previous blog giving you advice on how to make your office fitout look high-end. There’s so many tips out there, we thought we’d do another one! There are tasks you can help us with during the design process, and little extras to finish when the job is done to make your new headquarters look photoshoot ready.

 

  • Pick a scheme and stick to it

Choosing a paint colour is difficult, though most companies pick the same shade as their brand logo. If you want to do something different, pick a neutral colour for the whole office fitout and build up from that. You can add splashes of colour with feature walls (or wallpaper, furniture, and office accessories. Picking a base colour, such as an off-white, and then adding two shades like charcoal and gold will tie the whole space together. It’s better to have restraint sometimes.

 

  • Recycled furniture

It’s tempting to buy new furniture off the showroom floor, but it’s not the most cost effective. It’s just as good to buy second-hand chairs, tables, and more in excellent condition. Or you can buy an older set and get it re-upholstered in a more modern fabric. If you like timber desks or chairs, they’re also easy to source from a recycle shop. Just give them a splash of paint or a new layer of wood stain. You can make your own Scandi furniture at less than half the price!

 

  • Buy set stationery

Having a coordinated desk with matching stationery is satisfying to look at. Plus, it shows customers you mean business. You have a set colour scheme for your paint and furniture, why not your office trays and notepads?

 

  • Your floor matters

Polished concrete and wooden click-in floors are popular options. They’re also cheap. When clients order an office fitout or renovation in a warehouse, they’ll keep the existing concrete floor. Often all that’s needed is a repolish and a new coat of sealant, depending on the floor’s condition.

 

  • Be clean

When it’s clean and put-together, it looks impressive and welcoming. Your customers will notice it, too. You don’t need to cram books onto a shelf to fill space or put as many chairs as possible around a desk. Sometimes less is more.

 

You don’t have to spend big bucks to make your office fitout look expensive. These tips, coupled with the others in our previous blog, should give you some ideas on how to decorate, what to do with the builder, and how to make the end result look spectacular.

 

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4 ways to make your office fitout look expensive

Office fitouts don’t have to come with a big price tag attached. Specialists like Rod Johnstone Group know the importance of sticking to budget. We stick to the scope and use our network to get the best prices possible. After a few years and dozens of builds later, we know a few ways to make your office fitout look high end without spending top dollar.

 

Open plan working

Office cubicles are getting ditched for their confining feel. The popular trend of open plan living has reached to office spaces, and employees are loving it. You’ll also get more floor space if you order unusually-shaped furniture. Traditional styles take up more room.

There’s ways of defining each space. Different types of furnishings and even plants will break up the working and leisure areas. In corporate atmospheres, open plan offices often showcase the number of employees working there. Commercial clients like salons have open working spaces for stylists to move around and show off how many clients use their services.

 

Use light

Natural light is touted as a staple in employee well being; it boosts efficiency and creates a more welcoming space for both workers and visitors. Solid partitions are still a common way to make separate areas, but floor-to-ceiling glass partitions are another option. This way the light doesn’t get interrupted.

Another way to make your office look expensive is using stylish lamp fittings. For businesses wanting an industrial feel use plumbing and galvanised pipe-style fittings in their light fixtures. Pendant lights are another way to bring some style and character, too.

 

Bring the outside in

When choosing the finishings, look for wood panelling and any other natural elements. Click-in wood floors is a great look. Plus, if you need another office fitout in the future, it’s easy to remove the wood and put it back in.

Green walls are another option for bringing in more nature. The plants will bring a sense of calm to the office, plus it will boost the amount of circulating oxygen. You can have one long wall or little areas spread throughout the place, even in the reception area.

 

Little details

Final touches are just as important as the large tasks. Deciding on paint colour and what type of flooring will make a big impact of the overall impression of your office fitout. Polished concrete floors are a versatile, inexpensive option that’s easy to dress. Furniture with nice upholstery and accessories, as well as some custom artwork, brings some personality to an otherwise minimalist space.

If you want some more ideas, check out our blog on how to make an office space more welcoming.

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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.

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Getting your commercial project off the ground

A commercial real estate project is a big investment; you’re laying foundations for your future and that of your business. It’s not as simple as submitting building plans for approval and hiring a contractor. Commercial development is multi-layered, and we’ve listed a few points about it below.

 

Considering types

What kind of commercial building do you want? Are you planning a space that can fit one tenant or several? Are you a single business building your first brick-and-mortar office? A commercial project applies to warehouse spaces, office parks and even medical buildings.

 

Get the land

Your next task is to find enough land that can fit your project. You should factor the size of the building and parking space (if any) in your search when looking at vacant lots.

There are other factors to consider when looking at land. It’s advisable to contact a surveyor to make sure the ground is table and if any “particulars” exists that might make construction difficult. Make sure you’re also familiar with the zoning laws of the area you want to build in. You don’t want to have a council battle when you plan a commercial development in a residential area.

 

Make sure permits are in order

These are also known as building approvals. When you or your builder gets hold of these, you can break ground. There are different approvals needed depending on the type of work planned. Business projects have their own list and it’s advisable to get familiar with them. The builder can do the bulk of this for you.

 

Builder on board

On that last note, builders are an integral part of commercial projects. Interviewing commercial builders with an established portfolio and great testimonials is a good place to start when you’re looking around. They act as project managers; they coordinate trades, meet with inspectors and can even design your building if they have an open license.

It’s important to have an open line of communication on both sides. The builder will submit regular reports to their client, and the client must advise the builder if they want to make any changes.

 

There are lots of steps to take when you’re planning a commercial development. It’s important to do your research, find some space to lay down foundations and meet a reputable commercial builder. They’ll take your project off paper and into the real world.