Commercial Remodel Tips

Become more energy efficient

Whether this means using less heat (check out our blog on the topic) or upgrading your appliances, aiming for an energy efficient office means you lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Who could ask for more? A few energy efficient improvements:

  • Check windows and doors for drafts
  • Insulate
  • Low-flow toilets (see this blog)
  • Hire a consultant

Overhaul the meeting room nobody wants to use

Whether it’s electrical issues or terrible lighting, there is a reason you all seem to avoid that one room. As a gift to your team and your company, give it a meaningful facelift.

Start building a commercial improvement budget

Depending on the size of the project, your home improvement project may cost a few bucks. Start budgeting for your dream home now, so you don’t have to cut any corners in the future.

Build better storage

Stop storing extra office supplies in weird nooks and crannies. Make a small investment in great office storage solutions (think: hidden shelving, improved entryway, converting an unused space) and save yourself more than a few headaches.

Invest in your team

What energizes your team? Fresh air? Space to play? Collaboration? Once you identify energy sources, plan for remodels to make them a reality. Offices closer to windows, a clear space for creativity and fun, collaboration-focused meeting rooms.

Pay attention to the details

Spend a month building up a list of small office improvements. Keep an eye out for problems such as grungy outlet covers and chipped window paint. At the end of the month, divvy up the tasks and devote the next month to getting them all done. These small projects shouldn’t take too long to complete, and they will make a huge difference in your office.

Pick a pet project

Focus your year on one meaningful office improvement project. Devote the year (or just a part of it) to research, planning, and pricing. By taking the extra time, you ensure you will plan for a project that your team will love in the long term, and you will be more prepared for common hiccups and even be able to avoid them. Your researching planning can include Pinterest boards, drawing inspiration from other office spaces, vetting potential contractors, and setting a realistic budget with management.

9 COMMENTS

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jan 07, 2016 at 23:30 pm

    Thanks for going over these commercial remodeling tips. I like that you mentioned to check for any drafts to improve insulation in a building. Having a commercial building properly insulated seems necessary to make it more efficient and to create a comfortable working environment for employees.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:14 pm

      Glad we could help you! Thanks for the comment.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 00:27 am

    I've never ceased to be amazed at how much the little details matter. I love your advice to keep track of what needs done and then actually do it! From personal experience I can say that some of the things you think wont' make a huge difference actually make a big impact. Thanks for the tips!

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:16 pm

      Glad we could help!

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 01:37 am

    I really like what you said about investing in your team. Having a good construction company work on your remodel might be a little expensive. However, it seems like it would be worth in the end because you would have to keep getting this redone.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 00:46 am

      Glad you agree! That's why we work so hard to provide the best quality service, while always finding ways to help you save money.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I really like your idea behind investing the team. I like how you said, "Once you identify energy sources, plan for remodels to make them a reality." Anything to get the team energized with a remodel or new building, would be really successful. I've always thought it would be cool to see a building consultant at work. Thanks for sharing!

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on May 12, 2016 at 17:22 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jul 08, 2016 at 14:24 pm

    I definitely agree that you should start building a budget! Any renovation isn't free and is going to take some professional help. So, understanding your needs and expectations will help you to set a number for a budget, and if you start right away saving for it, you'll be able to get everything that you want and need out of the renovation! Thank you for sharing.

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