New Construction: How to Design a Building for Your Business
December 25, 2019
Every year, more than 627,000 small businesses open their doors for the first time. While many are
successful, most won’t outgrow their current space.
If you feel that your current
building is too small, congratulations! That’s a huge accomplishment! But it
does mean you’ll need to find a new building to house your company.
You have two choices: move into an
existing building or design a building from the ground up. Both have their own
unique benefits, but building your own company headquarters gives you complete
control over the look and feel of the space.
Here’s how to get the design done
right the first time.
the Right Location
Before you can start designing your
building, you need to choose a location that will work for your business.
There’s more to it than finding a property large enough to accommodate the
You also have to make sure the area
has the right types of zoning restrictions. Some types of businesses may not be
able to operate in the area you’re interested in.
Contact your city or county and ask
about the zoning restrictions. If your business can legally operate in that
area, you’re free to continue with the design process. But if not, you’ll need
to find a different location.
About the Future
Building an office for your business
is an investment. This means you’ll want to make sure your building can grow
with your company.
Think about your plans for
expansion. How much additional storage will you need? Do you plan on hiring
You’ll want to design a building
that can accommodate those things easily.
If you outgrow the space a few years
after you complete the project, you’ll likely lose money on the build.
Remember, selling the building after investing all of your money and time into
the build can eat into your budget quickly.
Energy Efficiency a Priority
No matter what type of business you
run, you’ll want to design your building to be as energy-efficient as possible.
Incorporate windows, skylights, and
natural lighting whenever possible. Invest in quality insulation that can help
keep your heating and cooling costs low. Design entryways that buffer the
weather conditions outside and consider designing a roof that can support solar
The more you can incorporate
energy-efficient methods into your design, the easier it will be to keep your
future operating costs low.
at What You Need vs Want
It’s easy to get caught up in the
dream of a perfect building. But that doesn’t mean you need every feature you
can think of.
Make a list of the design elements
you absolutely need. Then, do the same for the elements you’d like to have in
Design the structure to include all
those items necessary to do your job well. If you have space and the budget,
you can start to incorporate the features that would be nice to have.
Remember, it’s always possible to
add those features in the future if you can’t incorporate them immediately.
Features That Make the Building Sellable
Unique construction and building
design is a great way to showcase your brand’s personality. But there may come
a time when you’re ready to sell the building.
Those same unique features can make
the building tough to sell.
Take a moment and think like a
buyer. What would make the building approachable if you were in a different
industry altogether? This can be something as simple as well-thought-out
landscaping or easy-access entrances for clients and customers.
Incorporating these features can
make all the difference if you ever decide to sell your space.
a Building with Maintenance in Mind
A high-maintenance building is an
expensive building. The best thing you can do is design the building in a way
that makes it easy to maintain.
According to the team at Cladcan, your first priority should be to
in siding that can stand up to the elements. Choose roofing materials and
systems that are easy to work with. Pay for electronics and components that
will last for years to come without more than the occasional tune-up.
Lower-quality materials may cost
less up-front, but you’ll end up paying more in ongoing maintenance and repair
with a Trusted Architect
No matter what designs you have in
mind, the building needs to be up to code. To make sure everything is in place,
you’ll want to partner with an experienced architect and contractor to handle
the finer points of the design and build process.
Get quotes from different architects
and get a feel for their past projects.
Though it’s tempting to base your
decision solely on price, don’t. Choose an architect and contractor that fits
your budget, but most importantly, one that can bring your vision to life. The
team you choose may not be the cheapest, but they’ll be the best ones for your
to the Design
When you’re in the middle of the
build, it’s normal to think of tasks and features that you’d like to add. Just
because it’s possible to make those changes doesn’t mean you should.
Unexpected additions and alterations
to the building design can derail your budget and make it tough to complete the
project on time. Instead, take the time you need to get the design right on
paper before work starts on the site.
Remember, making changes before you
start construction can save you money and helps your contractor create a
realistic timetable for completion.
Buildings Are the Way to Go
The only way to make sure your
business has a building that fits your needs completely is to design one from
the ground up. It will take time, but if you follow these tips, you’ll create a
building that you’ll love for years to come.
Before you can break ground on that
new building, your business needs to be successful enough to justify the
investment. Make sure it is before you start listing the must-have features and
Check out our recent posts for more helpful hints,
tips, and tricks to translate that success into a beautifully decorated office
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