You should never underestimate the importance of designing business premises that meets your current needs but also offers you the scope to cope with future expansion plans as the company grows.
The process starts when you see architecture services and start to develop a blueprint for your new base and discuss all the features and facilities needed, followed by a construction period where you either build from scratch or renovate existing premises.
Aesthetics can matter as much as functionality
Your business premises are representative of who you are and what your business is all about and first impressions count for a lot.
You will want your building to be as presentable as possible and to project the sort of image that you are trying to portray to any customers who pay a visit to your premises.
Think of the future
When you are designing business premises you will be basing your model on current requirements as you want enough space to accommodate all the staff, equipment, and goods that you need to trade.
As well as evaluating whether the design provides a current solution you should also give consideration to future expansion plans and incorporate proposals into your plan that illustrate how you might be able to adapt the building to cope with future growth.
Location is an important factor
Your budget will dictate where your business premises will be situated to a certain extent and premium locations are clearly going to be more expensive than a site that is in an out-of-town location.
Aside from monetary considerations, your ideal location should also be driven by the nature of your business.
If you are trying to get plenty of customers through the door you will clearly have to choose a location that is in a convenient spot with good transport links. If you sell products online, for instance, and need plenty of warehouse space it makes sense to pick a secondary location where you can afford to pay for that amount of storage space.
Complying with building regulations
Sourcing a suitable location and submitting building plans will involve addressing a number of legal issues and complexities.
Your architect will investigate whether there are any local restrictions or regulations that you need to be aware of and there are also plenty of issues to consider in relation to ensuring that the building is fully compliant with all relevant regulations.
Keep a close eye on costs
Designing and building your own business premises is an exciting step in the history of your business but it can also be a period of time when your finances feel the strain.
Make sure you keep on top of all of your expenditures and be disciplined about your spending plans. It can be very easy to overspend on aspects of the project such as decorating and furnishing the inside of the building but that can have a negative impact on your cash flow.
If you follow these suggestions and plan every aspect and detail of your building project it should ensure that you end up with a new building that is fit for purpose and casts your business in a positive light.