You’ve seen it a hundred times on HGTV, DIY, and even Food Network. A TV host magically turns a blah space into an “Ahhhhh…” space. Behind the host there is always a team of experienced designers and builders who make the transition/magic really happen. When planning a relocation, consider hiring your own team of magicians to take your basic office space and turn it into a stimulating and functional working environment.
You’ve got the room, now what do you do with it? Offices don’t have to be a checkerboard of cubicles; the goal is to creatively and professionally create a space that allows departments to communicate easily with each other. It isn’t very effective if two people share projects but sit across the room from each other. Employees who are constantly on the phone may not want to be placed next to the noisy copier. A space planner can help design a functional layout that helps your company increase productivity. Smaller businesses on a budget can even use online space planner software to play with different layouts and floor plans.
If you need to revamp, redesign, or just build from scratch, architecture is one aspect that is vital to most major reconstructions. Builders need to know specific measurements and details that you might struggle with communicating. If contractors have a clear image of what to do there will be less chance for misinterpretation or mistakes. To find a good architect, simply ask around or look online. Find designs you like and find architects that design in that same style. Have several architects provide you with designs and renderings of your new office image. Choose the one whose image fits what you have in mind. Also consider working with someone flexible with design, you may like his or her last three buildings, but you may want something a little different.
Once you have the big picture, someone must put this puzzle together. The best way to find a contractor is word of mouth. Talk to your clients or business associates to see who recently had their offices renovated and ask them to send pictures. If you like the work or it fits what you have in mind, you may be on your way to finding the ideal contractor. Also, since contractors specialize in specific trades find one that fits the projects needed. If your focus is on lighting, get an electrician. If you need woodwork, get a carpenter. If you need brickwork… well, you get the picture.
And don’t forget, always check references, your city’s Contractors Licensing Board, and the Better Business Bureau to ensure your contractor does excellent work and is professional. Another thing you may need to consider is the company or individual contractor’s certification, worker’s compensation status and liability insurance certificate. A reputable company or individual would be willing to provide these documents.
The design of your office can show clients and visitors the personality of your company. Have some of your team members come up with some design ideas that reflect the style and represent the mentality of your company. Meet with several interior designers and give them specifics on what you are looking for. They can provide you with various looks, designs, and prices. Always make sure the designs put function before form and are modern but not too trendy. The time and money you invest into a design should represent your company today and several years into the future as well.
Your Own PR or Marketing Team
They build up your image outside the office walls so why wouldn’t they be the ideal team to look at the inside? Your PR/Marketing team makes a living out of making your company look good to others. It should come easily to them to identify the needs of your office, employees, and company to help create a positive atmosphere. Your PR/Marketing team would make a great resource – plus, keeping it in-house saves money.
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