When it comes to renovating commercial premises, there are a lot of things to consider. For example, you need to decide whether the changes will be cosmetic or structural – and if you’re going for the latter, you’ll need to decide which parts of your building require repair work. Thankfully for business owners like yourself, we’ve compiled this list of considerations so that you can make sure your renovation project is a success.
The first thing you need to think about is where your business will be located. If it’s in a busy area, chances are that people will be passing by all day long and noise could become an issue for them. On the other hand, if the premises are too quiet or isolated from other businesses then security could become an issue for customers who feel unsafe when walking around outside their office building at night.
It’s also important to consider if there are any nearby railway stations or bus stops as these can cause excessive noise during rush hour periods which may affect employee productivity levels during these times.
If you’re planning a renovation, the decor of your business premises will likely be one of the first things on your mind. You will need to consider the type of business you are running, the size of space you need, the number of employees and their roles, furniture requirements and equipment needs. Lighting is another important consideration as well as flooring.
The first step in this type of renovation is an analysis by an architect or interior designer who can work with you to identify what your needs are based on current trends in design and function. When doing commercial fitouts, Supernova suggests that you engage with professionals who can bring their expertise to the table and help you make informed decisions that will shape the look and feel of your space. With their help, you can ensure that your commercial fitout meets your specific requirements and achieves your desired outcomes.
It’s important to keep in mind that some aspects of this can be more difficult than others. For example, wallpaper and carpets are relatively easy to change (and often cheap), but lighting fixtures may not be so easy to remove or replace without damaging them in the process.
Accessibility is an important consideration when planning a renovation. You’ll want to take into account the needs of your employees and customers, as well as anyone else who may visit your business premises.
There are many different types of access that can be provided:
- Physical access – such as wheelchair ramps, lifts and automatic doors
- Communication access – including induction loops in meeting rooms and telephones with hearing aid compatibility (HAC)
- Technical support for staff who have additional needs
- Accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities
Walls and roof
The roof needs to be waterproof and able to withstand the weather. If you’re thinking of replacing your roof, it’s worth checking if it needs repairing or replacing first. Look for any signs of aging or damage, such as cracks in the tiles or leaks around windows and doors. If this is the case, then you may need professional help from an expert contractor who can advise on whether repairs are necessary or if it’s better just to get a new one altogether.
The insulation in your attic should also be checked regularly – especially if there are people with allergies (or pets). If there isn’t enough insulation between joists and rafters, air will be able to flow freely through gaps, which could lead to dampness within both internal walls/floors/ceilings and adjoining properties. In such cases, you can consider an insulation removal service by No Gap Insulation to replace the outdated or insufficient insulation in your attic. This service will ensure that your home is properly insulated and protected from dampness and other related issues.
Flooring is an important consideration when renovating your business premises. There are a number of options available, including tiles, vinyl and carpet. If you are going to use tiles, think about the type of surface on which they will be installed. For example:
- Ceramic – This hardwearing material suits both wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens as well as dry areas such as offices or corridors due to its resistance against water damage from spills or splashes from cleaning products like bleach solution (it can also withstand high temperatures). However, it’s not ideal for areas where people walk around often because it can become slippery when wet so may not be suitable for use in kitchens/bathrooms if there is no drainage system installed underneath them.
- Porcelain – Another suitable option for wet areas like kitchens/bathrooms but unlike ceramic, it won’t stain easily so doesn’t need tiling grout between each piece (just make sure everything has been cleaned thoroughly before laying down any grout!)
Plumbing and Heating
When looking at the plumbing and heating systems, you need to consider what type of system will work best for your business. This may be a simple choice if you already have an idea of what type of heating, cooling and air conditioning system you would like installed.
If not, there are several things that can help determine which is best for your business premises like what are the weather conditions like? If it’s hot during the summer months and cold during the winter months then a radiant heat system would probably be ideal as it heats up or cools down quickly without leaving any big bills behind on energy bills! Radiant systems also mean fewer dust particles floating around which can lead to allergies or asthma attacks if someone suffers from these conditions already (and let’s face it – we all do). So while they might seem expensive upfront they’ll save money long term thanks to decreased maintenance costs such as cleaning filters every few weeks instead of having them cleaned every month or two months depending on how much dust gets trapped inside those filters over time.
Electricity and Technology
Electrical and technology considerations are an important part of any business renovation. You’ll want to consider what technology your business will require and how much power you need. Will you need WiFi? Will there be enough phone lines for all of your employees, or will everyone use their cell phones as work phones? What kind of printer and scanner do you need for day-to-day operations?
It’s also important to plan if the existing electrical system cannot support the new technology that will be introduced into the space. For example, if there is no available power source nearby where a new computer system would sit then it won’t be possible to install this piece of equipment without running additional wiring through walls or floors which can cause damage over time as well as being expensive upfront costs when hiring an electrician (not including any unforeseen problems they may encounter).
Windows and doors
Windows and doors are important for security, aesthetics and energy conservation.
- Windows should be well insulated to keep the heat in during winter and to prevent it from escaping during summer.
- Make sure that your windows have a good seal so that cold air does not get into the building through cracks around them.
- They should also have locks fitted so that you can secure them when necessary (for example, when you’re away at night).
- Doors should also have locks fitted as well as being made from a strong material such as steel or wood which won’t break easily if someone tries to kick down the door while they’re trying to break into your business premises.
Renovating commercial premises can be a complex undertaking
You have to consider all the aspects of a renovation, from design and planning to construction and occupation. Your architect and builder should work together with you to ensure that the finished space is what you want it to be, but they won’t be able to do any of this if they don’t know what sort of use the finished building will have once all the work is done.
You may not have considered this before now, but once your business has moved into its new premises it will need furniture and equipment – desks for employees, computers for them to use at those desks (or maybe tablets), filing cabinets for storing documents etc – plus other things such as shelves on which products can be displayed or post-it notes stuck onto walls where messages are written down by whoever happens not only first but even second.
We hope this article has given you some insight into the process of renovating commercial premises. The best advice we can give is to plan carefully and get professional advice where necessary. It’s also worth bearing in mind that renovations can take longer than expected, so be prepared for delays if possible!
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