Embarking on an interior commercial renovation project is both exciting and scary. Here are some things to make the project less frightening and more inspiring.
If you are leasing the space, begin by reviewing that document to be sure you have the right to make the necessary changes and any permissions from the owner that are necessary. Be sure that these approvals are in writing. If you are changing the space from one retail establishment to another, like from an office to a restaurant, be sure to check the documents from your municipality that will allow this change. If you are simply upgrading or updating the space or just giving it a fresh look, it will probably be less complicated than an overhaul.
Next, it is a good idea to find a general contractor experienced in commercial renovation projects. He or she will be able to help with the design as well as the construction phases of this project. Redesigning for the space includes the aesthetics for the particular business as well as an understanding of the practical elements like electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and structural considerations. A good remodel will encourage people to spend time in the vicinity and will add value to your operation. Using interior design techniques will allow your space to offer visually interesting aspects as well as an efficient workspace.
To begin with, you will work with your design and construction professionals to determine your facility’s requirements.
- Versatility– Renovations are not something you want to take on every six months. What you do will need to last for at least several years if possible. The project you undertake today should be able to accommodate spacial changes to handle the movement of furniture, equipment, or other items. The contractor and designers should be able to find a solution that will allow employers or owners to adapt according to comfort or changing needs.
- Technology– Retail spaces rely on good connections to complete business transactions and office spaces need the electronic support to be functional. Another element to be considered is the ability to make upgrades and improvements in the systems for the convenience of the staff and patrons.
- Aesthetics– Don’t overlook the fact that the space should reflect the business as well as maintain functionality. Consider something like a recurring them or color palette that can be updated without affecting the brand or costing a fortune.
- Personal Space – In businesses like restaurants or hair salons, personal space can mean an ambiance encouraging patrons to return.
- Safety– In addition to it being a requirement on every level of government oversight, safety is the primary concern of the owner, manager, and design team.
Other areas that could affect the design and renovation are unforeseen issues like asbestos. It may also mean rethinking access areas for the disabled. If your building is in a historic district, you may need to investigate whether it is a designated building and the impact your changes would make.
Working closely with an interior commercial renovation company will make this project so much easier.