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Three tips on how to cut costs when designing your office

March 2017
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Itis not a secret that interior decorating can cost a fortune; even for smallspaces. Employers are keen to followtrends and use materials that is unique, of good quality, and inexpensive. Forinstance, interior decorators are now using cork or volcanic tiles on walls andfloors, while concrete walls are casted with no paint.  Moreover, a boldmixture of colours, wavy lines, or random patterns in fabric are being adoptedto create personality.

Whileboth colours and trends are important, setting a budget is also equallyimportant.  With so many options in the market, it is not hard to findaffordable, yet unique pieces of décor to add that touch of creativity andpersonality. Spend wisely and select opt for simple materials that create apositive, calm setting where people feel comfortable.

Creatinga budget friendly design for your office could be simpler than you expect.Mohammad Abu Seer, Co-founder and Managing Director at Lamar Interiors LLC,shares three factors that can help keep costs low.

·         Always identify requirements based onneeds

Whilethis may seem like a common step, this is often a step that isn’t thoughtthrough in detail. A workspace is usually purchased or rented, based on spacerequired to operate; however, given that a company’s motive is to grow, itmight be worthwhile reviewing the business plan to help identify your upcomingdesign.

Properplanning and research could be beneficial. For example, it might be worthwhileunderstanding the number of current employees, the expected future employmentplan, and the relation between the customers and the space.

·         Selecting simple, cost effective andunique materials

Materialselection is a major cost-driving factor in any interior design project. It isimportant that everyone involved in decisions making process (client, designer,and contractor), decide on the material that shall be used at the early stagesof any interior décor project. It is always recommended that employers selectmaterials that suit their style, personality and budget.

·         Defining other requirements

Itis common for authorities to have their own requirements, especially inelectrical and mechanical systems. These requirements are an essential part ofplanning for work and budget. Commercial spaces in malls for example have itsown electrical requirements. It is the designer and contractor’s duty to informthe client on essential requirements at an early stage of the budget planning,as some requirements might have serious cost impact that was not planned for.

Anoffice space represents a brand, and the design usually reflects the messagethey intend to convey for their clients. For example, using luxury finishingand classical treatments conveys the message that this company is sophisticatedand expensive to hire; while using simple designs and trendy materials conveythe message that this company is easy-going and affordable.

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