Office Renovations

Renovation vs Refurbishment – what is the difference?  

Renovation refers to the messy demolition of current walls and re-organising the layout and then the process of making it look good follows thereafter.

Refurbishment refers to sprucing up the old look with minimal disruption to current working environment.

Renovations are required when a company outgrows their current space and they need to maximise the usage of their space.   When they need to re-assess and redesign office layout.  This could mean demolition of current walls/drywalls  and rebuilding new structures and offices.

Renovation vs Refurbishment

What is the difference?

Renovation refers to the messy demolition of current walls and re-organising the layout and then the process of making it look good follows thereafter. Renovations are required when a company outgrows their current space and they need to maximise the usage of their space. When they need to re-assess and redesign office layout. This could mean demolition of current walls / drywalls and rebuilding new structures and offices.
Refurbishment refers to sprucing up the old look with minimal disruption to current working environment.
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What to expect when renovating?

ITS GONNA GET MESSY!  But…. With proper planning and project management we can ensure minimal disruption to the workforce.

You will need to have very clear communication with the staff regarding no-go areas.  A very detailed clear program of works to be done.  

Will you need a permit?  Most places do require permits for making any changes to load-bearing parts of the building as well as windows, entrances and exits. It can be a lengthly process – so be prepared! 

Depending on the extent of renovations – you will most probably require Health & Safety assistance.

Debris removal & space to store skips is another factor you will need to keep in mind.

Custom Shopfitting

Custom Shopfitting offers a unique opportunity to cater for individual needs of a company from Retail, Commercial and Industrial custom fittings, displays.
Clients get to design and create a space that is perfect for their specific requirements. It means that you can build an office exactly where YOU want it, by using any one of our range of versatile products.

Some components to renovation & revamping

Painting
Many people under-estimate what a huge impact a simple coat of paint or fresh colour does for the look & feel of your office space. Painting is probably the most cost effective renovation you could implement, with most effect & impact.
Why can’t I just use that guy on the side of the road, holding up the “PAINTER” sign – you might ask… If you are asking this question – you have clearly never had to clean up the mess made by an inexperienced, sloppy painter. Ruined carpets, untidy ceiling boards, paint all over the aluminium door frames are just a few to mention. We’re not even talking about the safety factor. Don’t DO that to yourself!
Whiteboxing This is a term famously used by landlords – and it refers to the process of returning an office space back to its original form, before you – the tenant – occupied & renovated it. You should carefully check your lease agreement as it is a common condition that it would be your responsibility as the tenant to “whitebox” the space before vacating the premises.
It literally means that you remove all dry walls and paint the space white – so that it is left like white box – ready for the new tenant to move into.
If this is a fineprint problem that slipped your attention it could be a nasty surprise – especially when you are moving into a new space, as you would naturally want to spend your money on fitting out your new space! Below is a rate card of what you can expect to pay for whiteboxing your space.

Tenant Installation

Tenant installation – we think this is a very weird term. How do you install a tenant? This is another term commonly referred to by landlords, for the fit-out of an office space for a new tenant.
This usually involves erecting drywalls, building boardrooms, creating a space for a wet / dry kitchen. No this is not referring to the colleagues who are unable to keep the water in the sink – this means you have running water and a sink in the kitchen attached to your office space. A dry kitchen means you have no water / sink in your kitchen area.
Our teams will swoop into that “whitebox” space, using the plans developed by yourself and the space planner – and build & create your dream office space.
Some other things you may not have thought about include:
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
We will gladly assist you with these trades. They are often where the biggest headaches in renovation stem from. Each part of the team have a specific time where they fit in. This is definitely a big part of the MESSY when it comes to renovations! A good guideline for the order of events is as follows:
  • Demolition
  • Reconstruction
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Painting
  • Flooring installation
  • Décor & Furniture

Colour psychology

According to Wikipedia – The general model of color psychology relies on six basic principles:
  • Colour can carry a specific meaning
  • Color meaning is either based in learned meaning or biologically innate meaning
  • The perception of a colour causes evaluation automatically by the person perceiving
  • The evaluation process forces colour-motivated behaviour
  • Colour usually exerts its influence automatically
  • Colour meaning and effect has to do with context as well
Lighting colour could have a strong effect on perceived experience in stores and other situation. For example, time seems to pass more slowly under red lights and time seems to pass quickly under blue light.
Colour is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colours have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.

Corporate Furniture

If you think its as simple as going to your nearest outlet and buying a desk and chair for office furniture, you might be in for a nasty surprise. It might do if it’s just you in the office – but if you’re going to furnish an office space where more than one person is going to operate from there is a vast and amazing world of options available.
The type of furniture you end up selecting depends heavily on the type of work the users will be doing at their work stations, and how often they will interact with each other. Also, the amount of time a person spends at their desk during a work day will affect which type of desk / chair they will require.

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