A commercial remodel can be an extensive project that many businesses choose to undertake instead of building an entirely new facility. A business that doesn’t have the property to expand may choose a remodel to maximize the efficiency of the space they have available. This can be a lucrative move for a company that needs to grow but does not have the financial means to invest in an entirely location and building.
What Are the Stages of a Commercial Remodel?
Just like a new build, a commercial remodel has several stages. In most cases, the following stages are used in a commercial remodel project:
- Planning and design
- Pricing and bidding
- Engineering and purchasing of materials
- Structural repair and re-design
- Finish out process
- Clean up and removal of debris
Companies that choose to undertake a commercial remodeling project need to hire a general contractor who has experience with this type of construction. Unlike a new build, the framework already exists. They must know how to alter existing structures and maintain structural integrity. The contractor must be able to work with all types of sub-contractors who specialize in various parts of the construction process.
The complexity and duration of a remodel is greatly impacted by whether all of part of the building will remain occupied during construction. Working around employees, customers, students, etc. often involves multiple phases of moving people, furnishings, etc. Getting your design and construction team in place early in planning where a building will remain occupied produces creative ideas on how to sequence demolition, renovations, utility relocations, etc.
A commercial remodeling project can take a simple structure and turn it into a glamorous showcase, depending on the desires and the budget of the client. The first thing the owner must do is come up with a general idea of what they want the property to look like. This will give designers an idea of what needs to be done, the amount of materials that will be needed, and what the estimated cost of the project will be.