When tackling a project for commercial refit/fitout work, one of the most common difficult areas which decision makers or managers come across is the design and visuals.
Design is a little more than taking a look at your colour scheme or creating a look to incorporate your company colours. This might be on your list, but you need to think of expanding much more for example:
- Create a space that works for your business needs, workforce and building
- Future proof – forward planning and include any expansion prospects, technology changes or storage facilities
- Think about lighting and where this will be positioned for desks/work areas to allow the staff to maximise from the best lighting facilities
- Plan your designs so that computers are located into positions and trunking matches the areas of desks. Minimise cables and reduce the risks of trips and falls for Health & Safety
- Think about the overall look such as contemporary, modern or classic feel. What works well with your building and the type of business you operate
- Will you incorporate a meeting room? What design is to be allocated to this area and what technology will it include
- Staff welfare facility design, creates an atmosphere which employees will enjoy and appreciate
The best way to make full use of design and visual services, is to ensure your approved contractor is on board with helping you with this process. They may provide you with a mood board to create a better concept of the choices available or offer samples of products such as carpet tiles or kitchen doors. This is helpful to visualise the project.
Technical plans and 3D drawings are helpful to double check measurements to scale and formation. This may be an additional service but well worth investing into your project.
So, if you are tasked to receive more than one quote for different parts of your project, think of the paper trail, time and confusion this may create. See how easily it is to be confused or find it a struggle to visualise the end result!
If you can tap into a good contractor who can offer designs and who are installers too, this will help you achieve the look, feel and atmosphere you want for your organisation.
Word of warning – if you take the decision to include staff for designs, colours, furniture etc. be prepared to increase your budget, time and stress level! The less involved the quicker your project will get off the ground and completed.
Would you like to discuss your next fir out project to ensure you’re on the right track from a design point of view? Speak to SPF Projects today and we can help design your perfect workspace today.