Finding the right professional to design your new office space is critical. After all, business owners and office managers are likely great at what they do, but may lack the vision for a well-designed, cohesive office space. A professional can come in and maximize the potential in your space, seeing possibilities that you may have overlooked.
While it's recommended that every office move involve a designer, connecting with the right individual can be a challenge. A good choice would be an interior design professional with experience designing corporate spaces. If you're managing the move of a large company, it's critical that you find a designer who has experience with office spaces that may have multiple floors that must be unified. It's often helpful to seek referrals from companies similar in size to yours who have moved recently, since you'll likely have similar needs.
It's also critical to find your office designer early. Ideally, this professional works closely with your architect to plan an office space that is a perfect fit for your company. Your designer can advise when it comes to architectural elements like woodwork, recessed shelving, and other details. If you wait until the last minute, you'll limit your options for customizing your new space.
So what should you do first? At around the time you begin narrowing down your office space selection with your commercial realtor, you should begin interviewing designers. Bring in several design firms so that you have a range of perspectives and budget options. It may be helpful to bring a prospective office designer to visit your proposed space, as he or she may be able to give you some ideas and options.
Always ask for referrals of similar projects. You'll be able to see how a prospective designer handled the challenges of offices similar in size and scope. You may even want to visit a couple of these spaces in person. Does the overall aesthetic appeal to you? Do certain elements in the space inspire you?
Finding the right office interior designer is key if you hope to have a finished office space that reflects your company vision and goals. Don't attempt to make design decisions completely on your own, especially if you have a large space. The right professional will always be able to make recommendations that enhance and beautify your space. You'll end up with a new workspace that impresses visitors and makes employees happy to be there.