Office fitouts can be a difficult process to plan and wrap your head around. You want to make sure you are completely prepared for your office fitout before you start it because it could mean your business is shut longer than it has to be, which will cost you money. In this blog, we will discuss the sorts of trades people you will need in your next upcoming commercial office fitout in Perth.
The Office Fitout Process
Office fitouts have more processes involved in them than you might think. People often assume that they can just start their fitout out and it’ll be done easy and in no time, which is true, but only if you’re prepared and know the process.
Afterall, you’re only renovating an office, not a house! What could be so difficult? There are regulations, rules, permissions, certificates and requirements you must meet to undergo any Perth office fitout.
The most forgotten of which is if your office fitout is going to affect the compliance of the building you’re in. The problems you might face if you don’t subscribe to all of the office fit out requirements has the potential to be very costly. You need to make sure you get the appropriate tradespeople so you can go about your fitout correctly.
What is Building Compliance?
According to The Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety, building compliance is affected if:
- The ways in which paths of travel to reach emergency exits are affected.
- How access requirements (paths of travel, corridor widths, door widths, doorways, and more) are affected.
- How partitions that will affect or relocate existing services like sprinkler systems, smoke detection, alarm systems and exit signs are affected.
The Tradespeople You Will Need
You will need tradespeople in your office fitout, there is no doubt. In addition to maintaining a level of quality, they will make sure you meet regulations and deliver your fitout timely.
The first kind of tradesperson you will need is a ceiling fixer, if your ceiling is not already prepared. Office ceilings are typically varieties of suspended roofs which hide the ductwork, coil units and electrical installations.
Suspended ceilings have metal grids to support the ceiling tiles that hide the “guts” in the roof. These tiles are made from either; metal, mineral or plasterboard composition. These all offer different benefits and have different costs.
Two things that they all have in common however are that they; absorb sound rather than bouncing it into the office, and they all need to be installed by a trained ceiling fixer for the best chance of success. If your office fitout is needing ceiling work done, you will need an experienced ceiling fixer.
Partitions are used in offices to segregate spaces that provide sound proofing that is perfect for; boardrooms and communal spaces. Partitions are a dry trade and are made from demountable materials that don’t affect the structure of the building.
As opposed to a wet trade, dry trades create minimal mess, are fast to install, do not succumb to shrinking or cracking, and require next to no time to dry. Partition styles have shifted throughout time, with brown being popular in the 1970s , grey for the 80s, silver over the 2000s, and white coming to popularity in the current period.
Partitions can affect the building’s compliance when you are undergoing an office fitout, so you will need an experienced partitioner. Having an experienced partitioner will make sure you have the highest quality, durable and soundproof materials in your office.
Carpenters are usually used for kitchen fittings and hanging office doors in an office fitout. Office kitchens will make use of commercial cabinetry and in many ways are similar to domestic kitchens.
The office kitchen is used by almost all of your staff and will tightly reflect your commitment you have to your staff. Having not only a functional kitchen, but a comfortable one, where your staff can stay hydrated, fed, and if they need, caffeinated, will increase your productivity.
Office decorating is usually a wet trade. Painted surfaces, wallcoverings and other decorating applications can be time consuming. Experienced decorators know how to do this fast in the commercial space. Commercial wallpaper is twice as wide as domestic rolled wallpaper and is applied using a previously mixed paste which makes sure it is applied as fast as possible.
This speed is why you need a professional decorator. The longer this wet trade takes to apply, the longer your business will operate at half capacity, or close entirely.
The Benefit Of An Office Fitout Professional
Selecting an office fitout company is the best thing to do when undergoing an office fitout. The Office Fitout Professionals are the best in commercial fitouts in Perth because of our complete turnkey solution. We will make sure we provide you with all the tools and professionals you need to meet regulations and make the process very easy. This is what separates us from other fitout companies in Perth. We understand you have a business to run, you don’t want to be spending all your time organising an office fitout. Let our team do it for you. You will not regret it!