Workspace renovation is indeed a time taking and long process. It requires lots of planning, a hefty budget, and many other things. As a leader, you also have to think about your brand, your employees and the work which can be affected by the renovation. Of course, your employees can’t work in the same space where renovation is going on.
But, renovating the workspace is essential as you can update your office according to the changing times only through renovation. However, you can make the whole renovation process smooth and meaningful by keeping a few things in your mind. If you are also going to renovate your office, then you should surely read about these things.
Let’s read more about the things to consider before starting your office renovations:
The first thing you should contemplate on is the purpose of this renovation. You should exactly know the reason for renovating your office. You will be able to create a better vision after knowing the real purpose of your office renovation.
For example, if you want to renovate your office in order to increase space for more work desks for additional staff, then you would focus on that while creating the new layout. On the other hand, you won’t be able to achieve anything significant through the renovation if there is no set purpose of it.
Some people select layouts and designs that are very modern in looks but aren’t that much functional. You should not forget about the functionality of every area while planning the new model of your office.
Instead, your renovation should aim at increasing the functionality of every space so that you can utilize the maximum out of everything you create. For example, if you are picking a design for the kitchen, then you should remember about the storage aspect while making a choice.
Before starting the renovation work, you should create a budget according to the amount which you can spend on this renovation. Your budget should be realistic and sensible. You can’t expect to get the whole office remodeled in some thousand bucks. Definitely, this task will require more than that.
You will end up ruining your office with low quality and less durable office furniture if your budget will be too low for a full renovation. So, your budget should align with your needs. If you can’t afford that much, then try to limit your plans. You can also renovate only a few areas of your workspace in case of having a low budget.
Knowing the timeline of the whole renovation is very significant. If you are planning for full office renovation, then you should check the time it can take. According to that, you should arrange some other space for your employees. Of course, you can’t shut down your company for some months, so; this is a necessary step.
If you can’t afford any other place, then consider sectional changes. Your team can work in the half office, while the renovation can take place in the other half. All of this can be decided only when you know how much time the whole process will take. We understand that knowing the exact duration is difficult, but having some estimation is essential.
You are not the only one who is going to use the office premises, and people usually renovate the workspace for providing better facilities to the employees. Considering this, you must be aware of your employees’ expectations. What are the problems they are facing with the current architecture? What are the improvements they want to see?
Knowing all these things will help in providing the best to your employees. You can gather all this data by giving feedback forms to your staff members. Otherwise, you can conduct a meeting to know the vision of your employees. We know that you will get so many distinct responses by doing so. But, you can find out general solutions for those specific problems if you know them.
The whole renovation procedure contains a different type of tasks. It includes constructing work, paintwork, designing work, electrical work, plumbing work, etc. If you are renovating only a few areas, then the list may be short. You should create this list before starting the work.
Usually, people don’t find out the right workers and companies and begin construction work without it. Later, they compromise with whatever they find in haste. You should not commit this general mistake. Instead, you should decide whether you are going to hire a contractor for full work or different companies for different tasks. Find out all of these people before beginning the renovation.
You may find many amazing ideas for renovation over the internet. But, remember that all of them can’t suit your office or your space. There should be a balance between your expectations and reality. If you have a very hefty budget, even then you should know the limits of your space and the number of employees you want to locate in that space.
Also, not every design looks the same in pictures and reality. You should know that in the very beginning and select the designs based on that only. Choose a more practical design rather than a fancy looking one.
So, you should keep all these things in mind before beginning the renovation process of your office. Remember that if your plans will be good, then the results will surely be exceptional!
I am Masum Hossain. I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh.