Guide To Office Buildout and Renovation
Designing a great office space is no small task. You’ll want to make sure that all of your employees have a safe and comfortable space to work, and that your office is a welcoming space for clients and partners. Whether you’re building a company office for the first time or are renovating an existing office, there are a variety of factors to take into consideration. Here’s what to keep in mind when conducting your office buildout.
Start With Design Must-Haves
Before selecting a site or starting on construction, you’ll need to consider the overall design of the office and what you’d like to include. Do you want an open office plan or would you like more defined workspaces for your team? Does your work require secure spaces for heavy machinery or advanced technology? What kind of common spaces does your team need? The answers to these questions will help you build your vision of what your office will look like.
Once you’ve identified your design must-haves, you can use them to identify potential properties and buildings for your new office. Ideally, the building you choose should offer some flexibility in terms of layout and functionality so that you can make necessary adjustments as you go along.
Conduct Test Fits
Once you’ve identified a few potential buildings for your new office, it’s time to conduct test fits. The test fit process is an in-depth vetting process that will give you a more realistic idea of what your office buyout will look like. During the test fit process, the building’s landlords will send out proposals, and you’ll create more detailed design and construction plans for each space.
During this process, you’ll be able to identify any potential construction hurdles and other challenges to navigate. A reputable project manager will be able to guide you through the test fit process.
Navigate The Permitting Process
You’ll need to get the appropriate building permits from your city before you can start construction on your office. Each city has its own rules and regulations for permits, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with them and determine what makes the most sense for your needs.
Finalize Your Budget
Office renovations or build-outs can often run over budget. Before you start construction, finalize a detailed budget for the entire project, adding some flexibility for construction delays and other unexpected expenses. Finalizing your budget will help you determine what will be included in your office space and what you can afford. As you finalize your budget, you’ll also need to create a production schedule to create accurate labor cost estimates.
No matter what sort of office you’re looking to build or renovate, it’s important to have a trusted contractor on your side. New Horizons Construction Services is a general contractor based in Florida. We have experience with a wide variety of building projects, including many different types of offices, and we work closely with our clients to bring their visions to life.
Contact us at 407-574-2164 to learn more about our services.