You may have come to the conclusion – or are heading in that direction per feedback from your employees, and possibly in light of comments from your customers/clients as well – that your office environment would benefit from a new look and feel.
However, before you start exploring aspects like furniture, finishings, colors, materials, and of course, budgets and timelines, you need to make a core, fundamental decision: do you want to achieve an office renovation or an office design?
Although these terms are sometimes – and mistakenly – used synonymously, they are significantly different in terms of approach, scope, cost and desired outcomes. Below, we highlight some tips that will help you clarify whether an office renovation or an office redesign is the right decision at this time.
An Office Renovation Makes Sense If…
- You want to make significant changes to work areas and/or specific rooms, such as meeting rooms, conference rooms, etc.
- There are no obstacles to getting all required permits, and there are no zoning laws that would derail or delay the process.
- You have a suitably-sized budget (obviously costs vary based on the scope of work, but obviously an office renovation is an investment and will cost more than a redesign).
An Office Redesign Makes Sense If…
- Your focus is not on major structural changes, but more on aspects such as wall coverings, furniture, flooring, lighting, etc.
- You want to make an immediate, transformative impact on your environment, but do not necessarily need to improve things like workflow and productivity.
- You have a relatively smaller budget to work with (compared to one that would be sufficient for a larger office renovation)
Other Important Considerations
Some businesses mistakenly believe that an office renovation requires extensive downtime or causes lasting disruption to employees or customers. However, this is not necessarily the case. Provided that the work is carefully planned (i.e. by expert interior specialists), it is certainly possible to carry out an office renovation with minimal disruption.
This also applies to an office redesign, which can be scheduled to take place during off-hours, weekends, etc. Or if work must be scheduled during business hours, it can be executed in stages.
To learn more about the advantages and benefits of an office renovation and an office redesign, and discover which option is best for your unique organization, contact the interior specialists at Key Interiors today. Your consultation with us is free, and we have over 30 years of experience in the industry.