Having a clear idea of your refurbishment plan is the first step to office refurbishment. This is often not as simple as it seems. A refurbishment plan can vary depending on the nature and condition of the office, the complexity of the office renovation to be carried out, as well as, the available refurbishment funds and desired time scale for the works. We can differentiate between three types of refurbishments i.e., minor, medium and large refurbishments.
Minor office refurbishments are often better known as office building maintenance which can take place during work hours without disrupting the office productivity. The activities that fall under this category are for example updating fittings, lighting, basic office painting and decorating etc. Minor refurbishments often do not need extensive planning, are often within an affordable budget and are not very time consuming.
Medium sized refurbishments entail small structural alterations to the office building and thus, require the office building to be empty of staff and/or furnishings. The activities that fall under this category are for example installing new lighting systems, new heating system, re-carpeting, new windows, ceiling panting, etc. Medium sized refurbishments require more extensive planning then minor office refurbishments as time management becomes a more important factor in relation to time the office must be vacant for the work to take place.
Large refurbishments often entail real structural alternations to the office building. The activities that fall under this category are for example wall removal, new wall(s) additions, new windows where none existed before, wall insulation, roofing works etc. Large refurbishments need extensive planning as alterations may also require architectural advice from one or more professionals, as well as, planning permission approval from one or more governmental departments before the work can be carried out.