Do you have the appropriate preventive maintenance checklist in place?
Whether you own a shopping center building, office building, restaurant, or retail store, what you fail to invest in your maintenance budget now will surely cost you later on. As a property owner, you want to do your best to ensure your investment is protected. The best practice is to get in the habit of performing ongoing maintenance on the big-ticket components listed below (though it’s a good idea to keep up with small repairs too).
As a commercial construction general contractor, it’s our job to know not only what equipment needs to be checked and how often, but the difference in construction costs to maintain equipment verses replacing it. That said, listed below are some items that should be routinely reviewed to ensure your new or existing commercial property is running at optimal performance.
Why Hire an Owner’s Rep – Project Manager?
Renovations, additions, and new construction projects are typically sizable undertakings that come with a lot of moving parts. There’s budgeting, planning, designing, scheduling, managing – it’s very easy to quickly become overwhelmed with how many aspects go into a successful renovation (especially when you’re trying to get it done smoothly, on time, and within budget).
What can you do to help ensure that your goal is accomplished in a timely manner, within (or as close to) your initial budget as possible? How can you undoubtedly know what avenues to explore to save the most money without sacrificing quality? How are you possibly going to hire and communicate with all the people necessary to make this happen?
If the idea of taking on a new renovation project seems daunting, then perhaps hiring an owner’s representative or project manager may be something for you to consider.
Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea: Continue reading about 4 Reasons To Hire An Owner’s Rep – Project Manager →
Looking to easily upgrade a room without a renovation? Grab your drop cloths and rollers. Painting is a budget-friendly, simple alternative to renovating that will freshen up your space and make it feel brand new – but only if you avoid these 9 common painting plunders.
1. Tiny Samples
Can you really get a good idea of what a shade will look like on your walls with only an itty-bitty swatch?
The answer is no. When it comes to swatches, size matters. It’s far more helpful to pick up an oversize sample, fan deck, or (even better) a tester can. When you apply a test sample to your wall, make sure it’s a big enough size (at least a square foot) for you to really get a feel of what the shade will look like in the room.
Make sure to check back after it dries, and then at different times of the day to see the effects of different lighting. It’s essential to paint large blocks on every wall to see what they look like in each light and gloss level. Also, make sure not to crowd your samples. You need room between swatches to focus on each color.
The finish you choose should correlate with the rooms purpose.
Many property owners are nervous about using shiny semi-gloss, but in fact it’s more durable than flat or matte. It’s also more moisture-resistant, which makes it perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.
On the other hand, flat and matte finishes allow for easy touch-ups, so save those for high-traffic spots like foyers/entrances, hallways, stairways, and kids’ spaces.
You should also consider the room’s undertones. Your color will look off if you pair a pink undertone with a yellow one, so consider everything else present in your space when choosing paint. This includes the counters, cabinets, metals (like handrails and hardware), natural textures such as stone accents, and last but not least: flooring finish. A warm mahogany hardwood might look off-base when paired with a cool gray paint, so be sure to keep tying everything together in mind. Continue reading about Before You Paint Your Space Make Sure to Avoid These 9 Common Mistakes →
Whether you are redesigning a space, remodeling, or building new construction from the ground up, there are many decisions to be made throughout the whole process. Though all of these decisions are very important one of the most critical factors to consider is the design element. What theme are you going for? What colors complement one another, and which clash? Which fixtures match your theme? If a multi-room project, how do you tie the spaces together?
If you have no idea how to answer any of these questions or where to start then it may be a good idea to consult with an interior designer before even contacting a single contractor.
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!