Like any renovation, a successful office renovation requires considerable planning. However, while a home renovation is challenging, office renovations include the extra obstacle of completing the remodel without disturbing work flow too much. The following steps will help you undergo an effective office renovation without unnecessary stress or cost.
Step 1: Establish your Goals
Planning is the most important element of an office renovation, so you and your partners need to take some time to establish your goals for the renovation. During this stage, you want to address a number of important questions. You should not only establish a budget and timeline for your renovations, but you want to ask yourself about the purpose of the renovation and how the work will unfold. For example, will you continue using your office during renovations or will you move to a temporary office? Do you need to install new technology? Are you purchasing new furniture that may change the overall interior design of your offices? Taking the extra time and making the extra effort in the early stages of office renovations will save you time, money, and hassle in the future.
Step 2: Build a Reno Team
Even the smallest office renovations will likely require team effort. Whether you’re coordinating office staff during the renovation or the renovation itself, your team will include management members as well as the renovators. Depending on the goals you have established, you may need to hire a contractor to oversee construction work and an interior design expert to oversee the design of your new offices. These experts will help you develop a renovation plan that fits your budget and timeline while keeping you abreast of important decisions that need to be made from the beginning and along the way.
Step 3: Start Designing
Once you have established your goals and put together a renovation team, you can start designing. There are many questions to be asked about everything from fittings to furniture. Ultimately, you’ll want to determine an effective office layout together with your general contractor and your interior design professional. At this stage, you’ll get a better idea of timelines for different aspects of your renovation.
You’ll also want to take some time to develop your style preferences. What kind of lighting would you like in your new office? How will workspaces be arranged? What kind of storage options would you like? Do you have special media or audio-visual requirements for meeting spaces? Once you’re in the design phase of your project, you’ll start to see the future vision of your office.
Step 4: The Ground-breaking
You’re finally ready to get your office renovation project underway. You’ve developed a specific plan that includes construction requirements and interior design preferences, and your offices will be bright and new in no time!