Commercial Bathroom Renovation Considerations
Renovation for commercial bathrooms is easier than ever before thanks to technology, design, and inexpensive software. Hire qualified commercial bathroom designers with experience in remodeling commercial facilities. Commercial bathrooms are some of the most expensive, energy-inefficient, and time-consuming rooms in the typical commercial facility to remodel. It is necessary to consider all design aspects and costs involved when considering a renovation project. Commercial bathroom design includes everything from bathroom countertops and vanities, to faucets, fixtures, tile, cabinetry, flooring, accessories, lighting, heating & air-conditioning systems, hardwood floors, showers, tubs, toilets, showers, spas, tile countertops, flooring, cabinets, tiles, wall coverings, rugs, cabinets, moldings, paint, and furniture.
While there are many options available for remodeling, a successful commercial renovation process starts with a plan. This starts with the determination of the scope, budget, and timeline. It continues with scheduling a meeting between the property manager and owner, a preparation meeting with the designer, contractor, and subcontractor, a site investigation to assess the overall condition, the contractor’s proposal, requirements, milestones, cost estimates, timeframes, and complications, and contract negotiations. At this point, the property owner may suggest a solution or modifications that meet his or her needs better or may provide alternative materials or services that will expedite the process.
The renovation process then moves to the planning stage where the project manager determines the extent of the work to be done and determines what types of fixtures will be installed. In some cases, the planning stage may also involve determining if it is necessary to renovate or reconstruct existing structures, if necessary, or if there are any zoning issues that must be resolved. These decisions are based on the current situation and purpose of the project. In other instances the planning stage involves interviewing design staff, soliciting input from the public, getting building permits, consulting with utility companies, negotiating with the property owner, finalizing major subcontractors, getting qualified builders in place, and getting the building tenants up and running.
Once the planning stage is complete, the budget is finalized and implemented, and construction work begins. Throughout the entire commercial building renovation process, mistakes can be expensive, especially in the beginning. Following are some tips to help prevent costly mistakes during the process.
Commercial bathrooms are usually smaller than residential bathrooms, but that size difference can easily be overcome by including more features in the renovation plan. For example, in the bathroom of a business, there may be separate shower/toilet floors, a urinal, vanity, cabinets, mirrors, and tile throughout. In a home renovation project, these same features can be accomplished in different ways. For example, in a shared family bathroom, you could incorporate a step-down shower that takes the floor down for the second level of use. In a master bedrooms renovation, you can incorporate many more features such as a wet bar, walk-in robe, and more to create an elegant and sophisticated look.
Commercial renovation projects can also benefit from office space additions. Adding extra office space will allow you to better house your employees and meet their needs. When the remodeling process is complete, more floor space can also be created by adding a new or reinforced floor. Whether you are making changes to a single floor or an entire floor, adding additional flooring will improve the overall look of the room and make it easier for you to work.
To help ensure that your commercial renovation project follows all local building codes, you’ll need to prepare and submit a construction plan to the local governing body. The construction plan will include a detailed punch list of everything that will be done during the construction process. This punch list will include everything from the type of materials to the number of stalls or suites that will be added to the building. This plan will also include any architectural details such as doors, windows, steps, ramps, and elevators, to name just a few items.
Even after you have completed the construction phase and begun working on your commercial renovation project, there is still a lot of work to be done before the project is considered “completed”. You need to wait for the pest inspection, final inspection, and final approval from the local building codes and the contractor before you can officially call the project completed. This will mean waiting for permits to be filed, hiring sub-contractors, performing the necessary repairs, and making sure that all structural aspects of the building are in compliance with the building codes. With proper post-construction inspections, routine maintenance, and timely application of safety precautions, your new business will be ready to open to the public!