Office Renovation : What to Budget For

Before planning any office renovation, you need to know what to include in your budget. The amount you spend on your renovation will depend on a lot of different factors including the size of your office and the location. In this article we are not going to put a price on your office refurbishment plans. Instead we are going to talk about how to divide up your budget and what to include.

Office Renovation : Architecture

Any architectural work should be carried out by a professional. BBN can supply you with one team that will work with you through all the stages of your office fit out. This will allow you to save money in the long run. Changes to the architecture will take up a large chunk of your budget. For a rough estimate, allow for 20% of the overall cost. Architectural work will include building partitions or removing internal walls and replacing them with glass, as well as creating cubicle work areas.

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Electric and Lighting

If your electrics are outdated, then now is the time to remodel them. Over the passing of time, you will have added more and more devices that use electric. You will also need data and AV cables, and this is the time to have them built in and hidden. It will put a stop to people tripping over cables and make your office look fresher and tidier.

If you have old fashioned strip lights, then once again, it’s time to wave goodbye to them. Decent lights are extremely important, both for your employees, and for when you have clients visiting. Make sure you budget for all the new plug sockets you will need as well as any possible rewiring.

Walls and Partitions

The cost for new walls and partitions will depend on the material used for them. You may find that prices are per square metre, or per wall. Glass walls are quite pricey, but they are a worthwhile investment.

Next, let’s budget for your floors, including new tiles and removal of old carpets and vinyl. If you are on a budget you can find vinyl tiling that is very cheap, and will still look ten times better than your old carpets did. If you fancy an industrial theme for your new office, concrete flooring is another option that you could consider.

Bathrooms and Kitchen

All offices have a bathroom, and most have some basic kitchen facilities. But modern offices generally have a staff kitchen area which also doubles up as an area for socializing and relaxing. Both this and the refurbishment of your bathrooms need to be budgeted for.

Lastly, don’t forget about fire protection and air conditioning. Your office should be updated to meet the latest health and safety standards, and it is also highly recommended that you install air conditioning. Although the UK may not have too many really warm days, modern eco-friendly air-conditioning units will double up as heating in the winter.

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