If you are going through the process of remodeling your commercial space, of course you want to maximize your time, effort, and budget. You want to get the most out of the remodeling project and you want the newly remodeled space to be functional and stylish for many years. The last thing you need is to discover that the remodeling project was insufficient for your needs a year down the road.
It’s in your best interest to plan well from the start. Once you start talking to a general contractor and securing financing, your remodeling project should be thought out, designed, and thoroughly discussed.
For the most successful remodeling project, follow these tips:
Hire a general contractor. Many business owners will try to be their own general contractor and this is usually a mistake. A general contractor’s job is to manage the construction site, to find and hire subcontractors, to orchestrate the remodeling process, to schedule workers, to keep the job site safe, and to secure permits for building. If you don’t have experience doing these things, it can be a daunting task that will only slow down your remodeling project and probably make it cost more in the end. While hiring a general contractor can add to your initial costs, it will save you money down the road in high quality construction and a speedier construction timeline.
Replace heating and air conditioning units with modern systems. While the building is open and gutted, you might as well update the HVAC system. This is a great way to update a building because it will save you loads of money in energy bills and it will greatly increase the resale value of the building should you ever want to sell it.
Change the paint. If you don’t have the budget or time to completely overhaul your space, just consider changing the paint. This will brighten up your space and give it a modern look without spending a lot of money. Paint offers immediate satisfaction. A new color can completely change the look and feel of a building.
Make at least one big change. If it is in the budget, your remodeling project will go further if you do something big. If you have an attic or vaulted ceiling, consider pitching the roof so your space appears larger. Add interior architectural details that will make your building stand out from the rest of the plain, rectangular rooms out there. The whole point of remodeling is to update your space, make it modern, and make it more inviting to customers. Big architectural changes can be expensive but they will be worth it.
Change the light fixtures. When you remodel your business, updating the light fixtures is a simple and cost effective way to make a big change. Be sure to change them to energy efficient models to get the most bang for your buck.
Maximize every inch of the building. With a commercial building, there is very little space that will go to waste. Depending on your line of work, all spaces could be used for storage, offices, serving customers, retail space, displays, manufacturing goods, the list goes on and on. Everything needs to be adaptable to the needs of a tech-heavy workforce. Overall, the remodeling project should help employees increase their productivity so you can make more money when the space is utilized.
Know what’s in style. You want your newly remodeled space to be relevant and in style for several years. Steer clear of overly trendy designs and stick to the classics. This will help maximize the longevity of the space. You might even consider hiring a professional designer to help you.
Get opinions from your employees. They are going to be using the space the most, after all. Once you have a specific design in mind, you might check with your employees and see what they think. Listen to them and note any concerns they may have. You don’t have to follow through with their changes but you will be better off knowing their needs.