Trending Office Renovation and Design Ideas
2020 was an unprecedented year in many ways, not the least of which was a massive transition to an already growing work from home culture. With the challenges brought forth by the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies have allowed employees to work remotely and Vancouver commercial renovation contractors have seen an uptick in work when it comes to office renovation projects. As 2020 comes to a close, however, we here at Walker General Contractors are anticipating a return to the classic work environment and some new office renovations to boot. The team here is eagerly preparing to help our clients pull off some of these top office design trends of 2021 to make a much-anticipated return to the office that much more welcoming, professional, enjoyable, and productive.
An Office Like Home
For a while, the hottest office renovation was creating an open concept. While that is still a popular style, more businesses are adapting it or taking it one step further to create an office space that seeks to feel like home. The goal here is to create an “at home” atmosphere in the workplace – with blended areas for comfort, relaxation, and productivity.
Desk Sharing Designs
A step below the blown-out open office concept is a sort of hybrid model that takes these ideas and makes them a bit more conventional. Shared desks break away from the drab and sterile cubicle environment without fully adopting the free for all of an open concept. This trend often allows for employees to chose where they sit each day, move around freely, and collaborate as needed.
In the past decade, we have seen an increasing amount of companies take a more environmentally conscious approach to their operations. Not only has this proven to be a good move financially and for the environment, but it is a great marketing tool to attract clients and staff alike. Following this trend, more companies are seeking eco-friendly office designs to follow through on their underlying mission. Sustainable materials, energy-efficient lighting and harnessing natural light, and even onsite gardens have led the way in the eco-friendly office trend.
More Designated Spaces
To promote collaboration, more offices are returning to an old classic design – spaces within the office dedicated to specific tasks. Conference rooms, meeting areas, and individual workspaces are an efficient way to subdivide open-concept offices in order to eliminate some of the chaos. In turn, this style is a great way to promote productivity, organization, and collaboration between employees, teams, and departments alike.
As the leading commercial renovation contractor in Vancouver, we are always eager to help businesses give their office space a fresh new look. As the year comes to a close, our team of contractors are eager to bring some of the most popular office design trends of 2021 to life. Whether you already have a project in mind or are looking for some ideas, give Walker General Contractors a call today. With decades of experience, our reliable and passionate experts are always here for you.
Office renovation is a fairly broad term that can include everything from simply painting the walls, to completely swapping out old building materials with new ones.
The most important thing to keep in mind when thinking about office renovation is making sure the property being renovated is safe for your employees and visitors at all times.
Before you can start renovations though, there are a few steps you need to take beforehand:
- Get Permits
- Make a schedule [for example: 1 day of removing tiles, 2 days of patching holes in wall, etc…]
- Figure out how much it’s going to cost [you might need a contractor]
Generally speaking, the price of renovations depends on how much work needs to be done. The more extensive the renovation is, generally, the longer it will take. So if you just need to paint some walls and replace some flooring then this probably won’t cost very much at all. If you’re looking into swapping out entire rooms or mechanical parts though it’s going to be quite a bit more expensive. That being said the average price for office renovation in Canada ranges between $5,000 and $20,000.
Renovation quotes should always be free.
When choosing who to hire make sure they are professionals with experience in renovations (and ask them for references) and double check that they are fully insured. You don’t want to have any accidents or damage done to your office during the renovation process.
What are common renovations you do in an office?
Some of the most common renovations performed on offices include:
- Painting walls/ceilings/floors [interior needs to be painted]
- Replacing old flooring with new flooring products [laminate, tiles, etc…]
- Adding washroom accessories [sinks, toilets, etc…] **not necessary if building has all these things already**
- Switching out hardware (locks, windows) for more modern options [or replacing them altogether]
- Upgrading HVAC systems to increase energy efficiency
- Cleaning/replacing carpets
The key to a successful office renovation project is proper planning. Planning should include everything from getting permits to determining how much the renovations will cost and scheduling out what needs to be done daily/weekly. Rushing through a renovation can lead to disaster as there are many things that need to be taken into consideration before starting any kind of work.
Having an expert plan out your project for you is going to save you time and money in the end. And remember: if something does go wrong, make sure it’s all documented with photos so you have a proof for insurance purposes later on!
Renovation and remodelling are two words that are often used interchangeably when it comes to discussing construction projects. This is because renovation can essentially be considered a type of remodelling in which an older space is changed into something new.
The main difference between the two terms is that “renovation” generally refers to making changes such as painting walls, replacing flooring or locks whereas “remodelling” usually involves changing out entire rooms.
Office renovation includes many different tasks and has many benefits:
- adding more furniture: adding chairs for clients/chairs/tables for employees
- improve security: replace old doors with modern ones, add automatic door openers
- improve energy efficiency: replace old HVAC systems, install updated energy efficient ones
- improve work environment: adding proper lighting, replacing carpets with tiles/laminate
- update hardware: replace old locks for more updated ones, add curtains, etc…
A contractor has access to many different companies that can provide all the services you need in one place. Additionally, they have experience in renovations which ensure that the building’s structure is not compromised by their work. They are also insured for any accidents or damages should anything go wrong during construction. Essentially hiring a contractor will make your life much easier and save you time. It will also mean that less stress is put on yourself while handling other tasks.
Walker General Contractors can help you with our years of experience renovating offices. Give us a call and get a quote on your project!