How to plan for an office fitout

Office Fit Out Development

6 February 2014

 

Office fitouts are projects that are more often than not stressful, especially if not planned properly. Contractors and establishment owners need to go through a lot of things before actually starting the fitout process.

 

The very first and one of the most important things to be done is to determine the size of the area that requires the fitout. It is essential to make sure that the space is large enough to facilitate development. The next thing to do is to know exactly what the goal of the new fitout is. What is the fitout for? For example, will you be increasing the number of employees in the office, or will the fitout be used to support the branding of the business? Will it be to boost work productivity or is it to motivate the workforce with the new environment? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you and your contractor decide on the requirements for your new office fitout, ensuring that you do not miss out on anything important.

 

You can list down the number of employees who will be stationed in the new office, and then include on your list the things that they completely need in order to perform their tasks. There would be employees having different needs based on their positions, so one has to be very thorough in his assessment in order to plan a workable fitout. Once everything has already been considered, what comes next is measurements and defining the size of the new office space.

 

Sketches have to be made, and your contractor can take care of that. They need to visualize and depict different options regarding the arrangement of the office and people, to check what will and will not work. What would really help are inputs from current workforce while factoring in growth in the number of people in the next months to come.

 

The way the desks and workstations are spaced in between will directly affect the acoustics inside the structure. You would need to choose between carpets or hardwood floors, the former possessing the capacity to absorb more noise. All these should be considered in the layout of the furniture.

 

Afterwards, you have to decide whether you will allow the reuse of your existing office furniture or buy and install new furniture and fixtures. There are a lot of various types of furniture and fixtures available out there today and they vary in cost and quality, which means you do not have to compromise fitout quality with the cost of installation. Trying to keep costs low is definitely acceptable, yet looking for the lowest priced items in the market can backfire and leave you with poor quality furniture and fixtures. Always go for quality first and then you can consider the price after. Buying top-notch furniture and fixtures may cost you more today but it will help you save on costs in the long run, as these items will not need repair or replacement for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

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