Are you thinking about remodeling or expanding your business, but unsure of where to start? We’ve put together a list of helpful tips for your pre-construction project checklist. These items are important to ensure a smooth construction process!
1. Which improvements will help your business?
Start thinking about what you need to help your business function better. Make a list of must-haves and a list of things you’d like to have if the budget allows. Do some research online about new office trends you may not even know about.
A good business is one that can grow and change. You hire new people, develop new skills, and invest in innovative technology.
Sometimes that growth means outgrowing your space. After enough time in business, many companies reach a crossroads: Do they remodel, expand, or build something new?
If you’re considering commercial construction in the greater Philadelphia area, it’s a smart idea to educate yourself on the pros and cons of all three options.
Let’s say you started your business in the center of your town with two or three employees. Most of your customers were within walking distance.
That was 10 years ago. Now you have 30 employees, your clients come from all over the place, and you’ve decided it’s time for a new home. Here are some benefits and disadvantages of new construction.
This month we have a special guest blogger! Henry ‘Dutch’ Hempel is a Construction Industry consultant, sought after speaker, and educator who has more than 24 years experience in the construction and design industries. His business background includes ownership and management as well as government contracting. We have personal experience working with Dutch and can’t say enough good things about him and his company!
As a Construction Industry consultant, I am often asked by individuals and companies on the ways to choose the best Contractor for their project.
My simple answer is:
“Choose the Contractor who will give you the best value and not just the lowest price.”
So what’s the difference between value and price?
“Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”
It’s wise to remember that construction is a service with many interdependent steps, not a commodity that is easily shopped using price as the primary means of choice.
The next question people usually ask is:
“How do I measure the value I will get from my builder?”
What are the three keys to remodeling your bathroom?
As master carpenter Tim Carter put it in the Washington Post: Plan, do more planning and go over the plan a third time.
Attempting a bathroom remodel in Pennsylvania without a plan puts the project at risk of spinning out of control. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to renovating this crucial corner of your home.
If you’re about to take on a construction project, chances are it’s not the only thing on your to-do list. When you have a business to run, hiring a construction manager will allow you to focus on your priorities and leave the rest to the pros. Learn more about the benefits of hiring a manager for your commercial construction project in our latest blog.
1. Cost Savings on Your Construction Project
While you will be paying a fee to a construction manager, it will be well worth the investment as it will more than pay for itself in overall project savings. A construction manager will coordinate with subcontractors and make sure any extras on the project and associated fees are billed at a fair price. Too often customers are unknowingly paying higher profit percentages on extras. A construction manager knows to watch out for these things and will be looking out for your best interest throughout the project.
Did you make a resolution to finally do those upgrades to your office or to your home? A renovation project can often seem daunting, but with the right team in place it doesn’t have to be. January is already more than halfway over so let us help you get your project started in 30 days!
The first thing you’ll need is a floor plan of your space. As a design-build firm, we can offer that service in house. One of our team members will come measure up your space and get a wish list of what you want to include. We’ll create a floor plan layout as well as 3D renderings to help you visualize the project. Decide you want to change something? No problem! A few minutes worth of design change on the computer is much more economical than deciding to make a change after the construction work is already underway. See how colors blend together, get options for additional windows for natural light, the possibilities are endless!
Turn a dated, cramped, mismatched office space in Doylestown into a beautiful state-of-the-art work environment.
1. Perform construction work while the building was occupied.
2. Fit additional storage into existing office space.
3. Add state of the art equipment for a more functional workspace.
Our customer was looking to update their office space and make it more user friendly. Their space was dated and had mismatched furniture and desks. Souder Brothers got involved from the very beginning of the project with drawing the floor plans, finalizing the space planning, and performing the commercial construction work as a true one-stop shop.
Bringing an outdated office space into the 21st century is one of our specialties here at Souder Brothers. Clients come to us all the time with a desire to renovate, but no idea where to start.
As a one-stop shop design/build firm, we have the expertise and the experience to give you the most efficient space possible for your needs through an office renovation for your facility in Pennsylvania & the greater Philadelphia area. The planning stage of any commercial renovation is essential. Here are our top tips to maximize your renovation project:
So you want to do a renovation project, but you’re having a hard time visualizing the final product. Worry not! In this technology age we’re living in it’s easy to make changes on paper, or rather on screen, before construction starts. Spending a little money up front for these 3D rendering & drawing services will save you a bundle in the long run if you’re undecided about the layout, scope of your project, or even room finishes.
Improve your design and save money
Maybe you have a vague idea of a layout for your kitchen renovation, but you’re not sure if everything will fit, or if the layout will flow nicely from a user perspective. Being able to see your ideas on a floor plan and in real time 3D can help you decide if you’re happy with the idea or if you want to make changes.
Think of it this way – once a new wall is actually built it’s going to be much more expensive to move after the fact than it would be to change it on the rendering first with just a few mouse clicks. You may think you have room to add an island in your kitchen, but once it’s drawn out with accurate measurements you realize you don’t have enough space. Finding out these things up front are well worth the cost you’ll invest in the drawing design services.
Upgrading your office can be just as stressful, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are a few tips for a successful office renovation.
Go in with a plan
Before you start work, make sure you’ve figured out what style you want to embrace. Something modern? Something that adheres to the building’s original look?
Without a clear vision for your style, it will be harder to make decisions as the work progresses. You may even have to undo work you’ve completed as your plan comes together.