Office spaces are entering a new modern age. Gone are the days of the old-fashioned private offices and high-walled cubicles; today’s offices are embracing standing desks, communal work and gathering spaces, and even high-end services like in-office gyms. If you are considering redoing your office interior design, you are in good company.
When done correctly, a new commercial interior design can boost creativity and productivity of employees and better take advantage of the space available to you. And the benefits don’t just apply to your current employees; an attractive commercial building design can be instrumental in bringing in new talent to your company.
Deciding where to start in this process can be tricky. Fortunately, there are experienced real estate professionals like CTG Real Estate Services who are ready to guide you through your commercial building design plans to meet your personal goals and expectations. You can contact our team today to get started.
What is Commercial Interior Design?
Commercial interior design is more than just the physical layout of your building, room-by-room. It’s the way you choose to set up your furniture, employee and communal spaces and more.
A commercial building designer has to keep more in mind than just the attractiveness of a space. An office must be functional for the employees’ and company’s needs but also cost-effective and efficient. An office interior must be designed in a way to keep employees happy, healthy and comfortable without being too distracting. It’s a tall order to fill, but CTG Real Estate Services can help you find the commercial interior designer for your budget and your preferences out of our extensive network of trusted architects.
Redoing an interior design in an office space doesn’t have to occur solely in office relocation. Even if you have no plans to move locations, deciding on new commercial building plans can transform your current space into something that better meets your needs and priorities.
Above all, keep this in mind: Commercial interior design is equally about form, functionality and appearance.
How to Design an Office Interior
So, how do you go about designing an office space that boosts your employees’ productivity and happiness?
Each process will be slightly different based on the space and the organization involved, but there are five basic steps most office renovation designs must follow.
1. Identify what does and doesn’t work in your current space.
Whether you are looking to design an office in a new space or renovate the space you already reside in, an evaluation of your current space is critical. CTG Real Estate Services can guide you through this process, but you will likely already have a good idea of what spaces do and don’t work where your company is now.
If you don’t, consider holding meetings with your employees to get their input on what they do and don’t like about your current office space.
2. Understand how your organization and employees work.
A key part of creating a productive interior design of an office is through a process known as office programming. Similar to your first step, this involves understanding your employees’ wants and needs and identifying what spaces are under- and over-utilized in your office.
Again, your interior designer can help you with this process. You may ask yourself these questions:
- How old or young are my employees, and how does their age play into their preferences for office layout and design?
- Where do people like to meet around the office?
- What kind of technology can you usher in with an office renovation design? Will that technology continue to be useful in years to come?
- Do certain teams within the company need specific structures and technology? How will that feed into our interior office design?
- What does the average employee’s day look like?
- How are my employees communicating with each other?
Office programming is key to creating a productive space for your employees’ individual needs.
3. Create a commercial design for your office space.
Once you have identified your needs for your new office interior, you will need to hire an architect and a commercial building designer to put plans in place. This is where a real estate professional can come in handy, especially if you are new to the process of designing office spaces and interiors.
CTG Real Estate Services has contacts with many trusted professional designers, as our CEO and founder Chris Gardner has assisted with thousands of commercial building designs across the country. Whereas you may be unable to talk the same design language as an architect, he can — serving as a useful middleman to ensure all of your desires and needs are met during the drafting stage.
4. Obtain necessary furniture and equipment.
Your commercial building design should take into account the kind of furniture and equipment you want in your new or renovated space. After the design is made, you will need to obtain those specific assets to meet your design.
Again, a real estate professional like CTG Real Estate Services can help you identify what furniture and equipment would be best for your space and help you obtain it from trusted providers in time for build-out and move-in.
5. Implement your new interior office design.
In most office renovation designs, construction will be necessary. You will need to create a timeline for completing your renovation (including any accommodations for staff if you are staying in the same space). A commercial construction project manager will be instrumental in this step; they’ll work with your architect to oversee construction, set-up of new furniture and eventual move-in, if applicable.
Unlike other commercial space designers, CTG Real Estate Services can offer construction project management to implement your new commercial building plans.
How CTG Real Estate Services Can Help
Our team has helped to design and build out thousands of commercial spaces across the country — and we can help you create the best space for your organization, as well.
But our expertise and services don’t end with commercial interior design. We can guide you through every step of the real estate development process, from finding a space to moving in to creating plans for long-term success. We call these our “turnkey solutions.” By working with you from start to finish, we pledge to create a personal relationship in which your needs and desires always come before the bottom line.
Want to learn more? Schedule a complimentary consult with our team today.