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Top tips when designing your own commercial building

13th December 2017 Print

Of course, you know you won’t really be designing your own commercial building because you are not an architect or industrial designer, but you can have a say in what you want to incorporate into your design. You know your industry better than anyone, so the construction of your new commercial building needs to meet your requirements. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Working with a Builder

There is no reason why you can’t work with your builder on including key features you want and, if needed, you can even request certain materials and parts be ordered from suppliers you, personally, choose to deal with. The truth is, many builders will try to cut corners when they can, and it’s up to you to see to it that they don’t. For example, if you are going to be using extreme amounts of water in the course of your day to day operations, your choice of water flow meters is of vital importance. 

Regulating the amount of usage can be the difference between realizing a profit or not, in many cases, and so you might want to research water flow meters on sites like Learn what you can about water flow meters so that you can discuss these with your builder prior to the commencement of construction. Water flow meters are just one aspect to consider, but the idea is clear. Always know what you are asking for so that it is the best choice for your needs.

Be Realistic in Your Expectations

To coin an old cliché, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your new commercial building be erected overnight. Be realistic in your expectations. Few buildings go up without some sort of delay or other, and that is to be expected. Even so, don’t settle for lengthy delays because time really is money. The longer your new building takes to be completed, the longer you go without the revenue it will provide.

If you feel that delays are unwarranted, it’s time to do a little digging. Sometimes, parts and materials really are on back order from their suppliers, but other times a builder will use that excuse because they are overextended on their own line of credit. This is another reason why it’s vitally important to research your builder before contracting one. 

A Few Final Words on Choosing the Right Contractor

You can be comfortable with your contractor if you find that they have the financial backing to do what they need to do and are not in debt to the point of bankruptcy. If that is the case, something is seriously wrong with the quality of their work, so don’t contract them no matter how much money they promise to save you!

Always get references from other people who have contracted that builder and spend some time talking to the contractor before signing any legally binding contracts. If you insist on specific water flow meters or industrial fans, then make sure that is added to the contract. Always use a good attorney for finalizing the contract and when all is said and done, you can be happy with the commercial building you helped to design.