In life and in business, growth is often accompanied by growing pains. In business, those growing pains are figurative – they’re often characterized by overcrowded spaces, noise, and lack of privacy and simply room to breathe. Growth is the goal of any business, so these growing pains are usually inevitable. The question is, how should you address them? Assuming that you’re not willing or able to relocate your business, you’ve got three options: You can reconfigure, renovate, or redesign your existing space to make it more functional. There are pros and cons to each course.
1. Office Reconfiguration
An office reconfiguration can involve upgrading your current space with brand new furniture and flooring, repurposing existing furniture, or a combination of both. When you reconfigure your office, you can transform a space equipped with private offices into an open-office concept – or vice versa.
Modifying the configuration of your office can make it more space and productivity-efficient with minimal disruption. This option is far less expensive than a renovation project. Because the changes you make in a reconfiguration can easily be modified, this is a smart approach if you anticipate needing to change your setup in the future. The drawback to this approach is that the changes you’re able to make are far more limited than they’d be with a full-blown office renovation.
2. Office Redesign
If the reason you want to upgrade your office is driven primarily by aesthetic concerns – you want to modernize an office that’s dated and/or equipped with shabby or no longer functional furnishings, a redesign may be your best option. An office redesign is like an office refresher. It may involve changing your lighting scheme, investing in stand-up desks, repainting, or upgrading your furnishings. The more appealing a workplace, the happier employees will be. You’ll also be projecting a modern, professional image to your clients.
You may be surprised to learn that simply improving the appearance of your office and investing in attractive furniture and accessories may improve workplace morale and employee retention. Even changing seemingly minor details, like the color of your walls or accessories, can yield big benefits. According to a study conducted by architecture firm Gensler, a well-designed workplace can boost productivity by 20%!
3. Office Renovation
Unlike office reconfiguration and redesign that don’t modify a building’s structure, office renovations do exactly that: They transform the interior of an office while leaving the exterior shell intact. The benefit of an office renovation is that it allows you to completely transform your space to your exact specifications.
This transformation doesn’t happen overnight, though. An office renovation is an in-depth construction project – it will probably take weeks or months and be noisy, messy, and time-consuming. Depending on the scope of the renovation, it may be impossible to continue business operations during the project, meaning you would need to temporarily relocate workers or cease operations until the project is complete.
Additionally, renovating your office will probably be significantly more expensive than reconfiguring or redesigning it. Renovation prices vary greatly depending on what industry you’re in and where your office is located. When you consider that a basic office renovation includes such projects as installing new cabinets, countertops, storage space, carpeting, drywall, and wiring, you can easily see how the costs can add up. If you are locked into a long-term lease, own your building, or simply know you will remain in that location for the long term, investing in a renovation may pay off in the long run.
If your once-ideal office is no longer meeting your needs, Houston Installation Services can help. With more than 35 years of experience helping businesses transform their spaces, we can provide guidance and insight to help you develop a plan and get your new office furniture installed. We’ll complete your project on time, within budget, and keep you in the loop every step of the way.