By renovating an existing space or designing one with a professional commercial interior designer, you can enhance your bottom line. Three of your biggest operational expenses include real estate/rent, personnel and energy bills. Renovating your space or designing a new space offers you the opportunity to examine all three with a holistic approach.
Interior designers are versed in the current philosophies pertaining to the modern efficiently run office. Our sources are in line to assist us in the optimization of your office’s solutions. This pertains to acoustics, technology distribution, various furniture systems and the need for sustainability in your physical space decisions.
Sustainability helps you manage costs in several ways:
Office Energy Efficiency
Lighting is one of the greatest energy drains on an office and you can see this in your electric bill. The space can be reviewed to accommodate day lighting, which controls the amount of light in your space. The lighting system will adjust according to the amount of natural daylight streaming in. On a brightly lit day, the lights are either turned off or dimmed to maintain consistent and functional light efficacy in the room. In addition, shades or window films may be specified. The shades can be automatically raised or lowered via sensors to prevent glare or lessen the light and heat levels on overly warm days. This will save you money.
The Health and Welfare of Your Employees and Yourself!
Sustainability includes the products and finishes within a room. We decrease toxic emissions by choosing products with the lowest possible off-gassing and allergens.
Emissions may be from the backing or glue of a carpet, the glue in the fabrication of furniture and cabinetry or the VOC’s in a paint product. Healthy workers are happiest and most productive. They are less likely to take sick leave or work with headaches and other ailments related to indoor air quality.
Office Carbon Footprint
Additional sustainability issues also entail life cycle conditions of a product, energy requirements needed to produce it, options for recycling it or the distance it needs to travel to get to your location. These points are weighed with your sensitivity to sustainability, along with the product’s advantages to your company or the lack of an alternative.
Space Planning Layout Advantages of Working with an Interior Designer
Efficiency at work allows for increased productivity with confidence and security. The processes you put in place need to be supported by a workforce that is capable, comfortable and well equipped for their tasks.
Some offices have not been revised in decades. This translates to an abundance of forced wiring solutions and older cubicles – often more cubicles than people. Desktop computers, for example, are no longer as large or as permanent as they once were. People work very differently with the evolution of personal cell phones and tablets. We have weathered serious economic valleys, which have changed the look of many businesses. You may not need as much square footage and this allows for a lower rent or can lead to renting unnecessary space. It is advantageous on all levels to review your office and analyze what works for you and what needs to be changed.
Whether your space is new or a renovation, an efficient layout will keep your personnel working smoothly and your office in tip-top shape. Evidence shows there will be less turmoil in spaces that are sensitive to the employee, giving them a pleasant place to work.
The designer looks at your space and its functions with a discerning eye. We interview, assess and program your needs. This requires learning about your structure and your processes. You will evaluate these first so you can convey your thoughts to the designer. Then, we analyze it along with the myriad of information we will have gathered from interviewing the staff and understanding their necessary equipment.
We will sketch ideas, traffic patterns and adjacencies and present this for review and brainstorming. Revisions may be needed and then we can continue with the aesthetic elements.
What is the impression you want your visitors to experience? What atmosphere do you want your workspace to engender? This is the bonus of a well-oiled design. The impact of entering the space will add to your bottom line. It will convey your philosophy and intent to your prospective clients, as well as allow your employees to exude confidence.
The investment you make in your business by working with an interior designer will create lasting positive change.