16 Aug Why do I need a Designer to design my office?
You’re moving to a new office—Yay! Or yikes?
Whether this fills you with trepidation or the excitement of taking on a new challenge (or both), you’ve probably asked yourself, “Do I need a designer for my office fitout?” And you may have followed that up with, “Can I do it myself?”
The short answer is yes, you can. But the longer one is: it may not be the best move for your business. Below are our top 5 reasons you should engage an interior designer for your office fitout.
You don’t know what you don’t know
Having the right experts on the project can give you insights and answers that you didn’t even know you were looking for. We often find clients looking to put a bandaid on a problem without treating the root cause. For example, they want more meeting rooms, when the underlying issue is that staff are not collaborating effectively. A good designer will delve deep and get to the heart of your inner business workings, brand and culture to ensure that your new office will work for you.
Do it once, do it right
The wealth of workplace experience that your designer has, enables them to understand the potential pitfalls of the project. They can then identify these and weed them out as part of the process. Your designer will also consider your future growth and work with you to imagine what your business might look like 3, 5, even 10 years into the future.
Having a designer on board will minimise the risk of having to re-furbish if you move in and find that your new office fitout isn’t quite working for you now, or 3 years down the track when your business has grown again.
We’ve got your back
Having a trusted design partner in your court not only means having a professional on your team to help navigate the process; it means having someone else on board with a vested interest in the project. Someone who is championing your project and keeping the broader team of consultants and contractors accountable an focused on your objectives.
We often seek the opinions of our peers in our day-to-day lives. We understand that sharing ideas and collaborating lead to more effective outcomes.
The same is true for your office design. Having an objective third party, i.e. your design partner, on the project can help you see things that you might miss. They can look at an internal process or situation and see better alternatives. We often hear from clients, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” A great designer will dig deeper to see if there is a better way.
Return on investment
Working with an experienced interior designer will save you two precious resources: money and time. Office fitouts take time—to design, research, liaise with contractors and consultants, and coordinate all the moving parts of the project.
The money that you spend on a design professional will pay for itself 10 times over during the construction phase and beyond. Your designer is equipped with the knowledge, skill and connections to properly engage with the team and the overall design process. They drive your project forward, save you time and minimise cost variations throughout the build. But the ultimate pay-off on your investment is walking into an office that works for you.