- An office build-out is a commercial renovation of leased space to make it suitable for business use.
- New businesses need cost-effective office space solutions & the options are endless.
- Build-outs usually require a capable interior designer to create a modular office that can be restored to its original form at the lease’s end.
- Before leasing space, consult the landlord for a ‘make good’ requirement, then design your office space.
- Voshall Construction, serving Los Angeles, CA, offers modern & cost-effective commercial build-out solutions for startups & small businesses.
Are you tired of your garage office? Did you lease office space but need ideas on how to set it up in style? Have you ever heard of an office build-out? Do you want to know how it can be done in a commercial space without breaking the bank?
Well, don’t start tearing down the place just yet because you might be missing a few many steps that could save you money. Get the building codes, see if the landlord asks for a ‘make good’ clause, and then call us to help you through the rest!
In construction speak, the term represents the activities required to upgrade or retrofit an existing commercial space to the needs of a client or tenant. They are also called ‘tenant improvements, or TI.
So, suppose you have a space on a floor at a commercial building & you want to set up your business there. In that case, you would have to spruce it up to accommodate your business’s various, albeit budding, departments.
Sometimes, a space may already have been built how you want it to be, but changes are often needed.
What Do You Need for A Build-Out?
After you have cleared out the finer lease details, the landlord will usually suggest their build-out contractor. You still have the freedom to pick your contractor, so make sure you choose a reliable one when the bids come in.
Next, you will need an architect specializing in tenant improvement projects. Before you begin additions, you must consider the costs of gutting out the previous additions to your leased space.
Some Feasible Office Layouts
So, when you begin with a build-out, you have to keep in mind to keep the office layout as adaptive & adjustable as possible. When the lease ends, you might be committed by law to restore the space to its original condition.
To cut down on those costs, we have a few possible office layouts you can use to your advantage. Besides, the layout is the crux of what is needed in a commercial office space.
Installing too many rooms in an office build-out is fine, as long as you can cover the costs. But if you want to balance office ambiance with enhanced productivity, & low operating costs, then an open plan space is the way to go.
Here, your employees can work in an exposed floor plan with spacious & shared workstations. There are few individual rooms, but you can accommodate a sizeable team, especially if you are a growing business.
As our interior experts would have you know, minimalism is perfect if you have an entrepreneurial startup & need that ‘new-age’ vibe. Give the walls a fresh layer and go open plan with aesthetic furniture for maximum space utility.
Opt for a bright color scheme that embodies the company’s brand colors. Add some signage instead of a reception section, and set in a few faux plants.
Feature Wall Office
Dedicate a panel of dividers to commissioned artwork to add more depth to your business. You can go for forest scenery if your business is based on an environmental ethos. It’s not much of an office build-out element as it is an addition, but it is effective nonetheless.
Suppose you like an open space layout but need some form of partitioning without adding too much to the office build-out. In that case, you can use makeshift dividers or a privacy screen.
If your budget allows, then glass dividers are a nice touch. The layout can accommodate storage & act as individual rooms while offering space for a growing team. Just leave the design to us!
Economical Office Furniture
There is nothing wrong with opting for bulky-looking, economical & ergonomic office furniture, especially if you have paper filing. Even if your business is IT-related, you will still need employee-friendly furniture to ensure optimal productivity. Combine this with adjustable partitions, and you have a unique office space on a budget!
Existing Feature Utility
Finally, suppose you are tight on budget and want to keep the office build-out as inexpensive as possible. In that case, you can have Voshall Construction refresh your lease space to integrate existing features into your new office.
Period features in dated commercial office spaces can add that opulent touch to the space. Initially, you might want to gut these features, but don’t be too rash and give them time to grow into your finished office design.
Also, read 5 Steps to A Successful Office Remodel.
Caveats To Consider
Curb The Enthusiasm
It’s easy to get ecstatic when securing your first business space that a built-out can get too out of hand after the project builds come in. You can’t know the exact costs until the project goes out for bidding but having an architect on your side helps curb the expected costs. An interior architect will understand the project deliverables better.
Don’t Underestimate Costs
Most business owners leasing their first office spaces expect a build-out. Still, they fail to realize that costs can exceed their budget depending on space, location, and type of space. Featureless spaces cost let to build out but leasing an area that’s already been built on will also cost you demolition charges.
Open-space settings will cost you less while providing a modernistic office setting in a build-out.
Details Take Time
The more ambitious and detailed your office setting plan is, the more time it will take to occupancy. There is also the possibility of construction delays if the build-out company does not see your project as too lucrative.
That’s why it’s crucial to hire committed and expert contractors rather than those a landlord might suggest. And avoid starting a build-out until you have secured the office space lease.
The End-Of-Lease Restoration
Sometimes, property owners tend to add a ‘make good’ clause on a lease. That means you might have to restore the commercial office space to its original state by the end of the lease.
So, as a rule of thumb, opt for modular office build-outs. These spaces tend to be highly adaptive & adjustable that can be installed & removed without too many changes in a leased space.
That way, you save money on your end of the ‘make good’ condition.
Get Our Professionals to Design Your Office Build-Out Plan!
Our team of architects & designers at Voshall Construction are no strangers to commercial office reno & remodel projects. Just let us know what you envision in your leased office space, and we will work on giving your business the sprucing it needs.