Choosing the Right Materials for Your Office Fit Out
While staying within your budget is of course important when planning a major office refurbishment or fit out project for your permanent corporate headquarters, this goal should not be accomplished by compromising on the quality of materials, fixtures and fittings that are used. For offices that are leased on a short-term basis, it may be possible, or even desirable, to save money by electing to use cheaper materials but for a commercial space that you plan to occupy for the foreseeable future, such an approach could turn out to be a false economy. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the reasons it is so important to choose the right materials.
The Main Factors to Consider
When you are deciding what materials to specify for a new office fit out or the refurbishment of a space that your company already occupies, the following factors should all be taken into account.
- Durability – While an MDF countertop in your reception area may be considerably less expensive than solid timber or natural stone, you need to consider the fact that after just a couple of years it is likely to show signs of wear and tear. After calculating the cost of replacing cheap materials several times in just a few years, you will probably come to the conclusion that it would have been more cost effective to use better quality materials in the first place.
- Appearances – Another drawback associated with opting for low-cost materials is the fact they almost always disappoint as far as appearances are concerned. If you are going to the expense of hiring an office fit out specialist to ensure the interior of your new corporate headquarters is designed and finished just how you want it, it is worth paying a little extra to guarantee first-class results. Visitors to your new offices are unlikely to be impressed if the interior has been completed using poor quality materials that are really not suitable for such an environment.
- Running Costs – When it comes to light fittings and other electrical equipment, one of the biggest disadvantages of choosing the cheapest available products is the higher running costs they almost always incur. When you are specifying overhead lights, for example, it may be tempting to opt for incandescent or CFL units, as they are significantly cheaper than their LED counterparts. However, LED light fittings use much less power and the diodes last far longer than conventional light bulbs, which means you can save a great deal of money over time by paying a little more to have them installed them in your commercial space.
In summary, spending a little more now could save you a great deal of money and hassle in the long run. For further information on factors that you should consider before embarking on a major fit out or refurbishment project, please visit our office design page; alternatively, you are welcome to call or email us with any questions you may have.