June 14, 2023

The DOs and DON’Ts of Commercial Remodeling

Remodeling can be a pain—in your own home—but especially in a commercial space. There are many moving parts and they all need to be in place before you start, during the actual remodel, and after the remodel is finished. That’s why we put together this list of a few of the DOs and DON’Ts of commercial remodeling. After you see what we’ve suggested, you’ll be sure to have a successful remodel before, during, and after. 

Room with brick walls currently being remodeled for commercial remodeling

DO // Plan Your Vision

This may seem obvious, but commercial remodeling must be meticulously planned. It’s not something you can throw up with no thought. You need to assess the structure of the remodel space. Look for places that may need a specialized approach. For example, electrical changes in commercial remodeling can not only be tricky, but if not handled with care, they can absolutely ruin your remodel. Another thing to think about is your own vision.

When picking people to work with, it’s important that you find someone that will work with you to accomplish your vision. You may need to adjust your expectations due to financial, structural, or other constraints. We suggest that for commercial remodeling projects, you contact Rubicon to help you. We specialize in a wide range of skills and come out before your remodel to assess what services you will need. We can provide design, electrical, and construction services for your remodel.  

DON’T // Design Your Remodel Project Yourself

Though this may fall into the first DO of commercial remodeling, this is an important element to focus on. Knowing what sort of capabilities your structure has for a remodel is essential. You may feel that you have an eye for design, and that may be the case. It’s always important to have a space that is uniquely yours and your employees. It makes for a better work environment. But with a professional contractor, you’ll have your eyes open to things you’ve never even considered when designing.

Rubicon has helped several companies to remodel their spaces to something that they can uniquely call their own. Reach out to Rubicon for any of your design needs.  

DO // Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

You’ve planned out your remodel. You’ve contacted designers and contractors to find out what exactly needs to happen. Now it’s time to put all those tasks on a calendar. Start with the overarching tasks. Be general—in the beginning stages of scheduling, don’t get bogged down with details just yet. Find the tasks that can be most generally categorized. For example, start by labeling tasks in the calendar as framing or electrical.

Be sure that you are also considering the estimated timetables that you’ve been given by your contractors. Once you’ve outlined your schedule with the overarching tasks, get specific. With the estimates that you’ve been given for certain tasks, begin to put together the puzzle pieces of your schedule. Contact contractors and begin to set times for the specific tasks that need to be done. 

DON’T // Forget Your Permits

Permits are required for building alterations. Building code legislation is put into place to keep you safe and to keep your clients and employees safe. When it comes to commercial remodeling, building codes are of utmost importance. The construction process requires specific guidelines to ensure the safety and structural integrity of newly-built or remodeled structures. Building codes establish minimum standards for construction, which must be followed in order for the project to move forward.

In addition to ensuring that all building materials used meet code requirements, contractors also need to take into account any zoning ordinances that might affect the project as well. Ultimately, a contractor’s failure to adhere to local building codes can lead to significant legal repercussions.  

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DO // Find a Temporary Workspace

Finding a temporary workspace during a remodel or construction project can help make the transition easier and smoother. It allows you to keep your business going without having to worry about disruptions from ongoing construction in the workplace. With a temporary workspace, you won't have to worry about any of the noise, dust, or other inconveniences that come with major remodeling projects. Additionally, it provides an alternative space for meetings and other activities that cannot be done in the existing office environment due to the disruption caused by remodeling.

A temporary workspace also helps reduce stress on employees who may be dealing with loud noises and other distractions throughout their workday as well as provide additional space for storage while items are moved around during construction. By finding a suitable alternative location to continue business operations, you can ensure that your productivity remains high and minimize any disruptions.

Moreover, a temporary workspace can provide an extra layer of security for both the company’s data and personnel as construction projects often require access to certain areas which could be dangerous or inconvenient for employees. Finding a suitable alternative workspace is an important step in making sure construction projects run smoothly and allows the team to focus on their jobs without worrying about distractions from ongoing remodeling efforts. 

DON’T // Hire Just Anyone

It may sound biased, but we have set the standard for commercial remodeling. Rubicon is the perfect fit for a commercial remodeling project, due to our experience and expertise in construction. Our team of highly-trained professionals has years of combined knowledge, making us ideal for any renovation or remodeling job. We understand that each project is unique and requires special attention to detail and creativity.

We approach all projects with a customized plan tailored to each customer’s individual needs and budget. With Rubicon on your side, you can trust that your commercial remodel will be completed quickly, within-budget, and with the highest-quality results. Whether it is an office building, retail store or warehouse space—we are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that make sure our customers get the most out of their investment. 

Take some of the pain out of your next remodeling project. Create a vision, plan, and schedule your next remodel for a successful project. And don’t forget, when hiring your next remodeling crew, Rubicon sets the standard for commercial remodeling.