4 Tips When Transforming an Old Warehouse to a Work Environment

In today’s world, many individuals have decided that they want to turn old warehouses into work spaces. Throughout the country many new businesses are using this transformation to create a new wave of workspaces in what used to be industrial parts of town. Real Estate is usually cheaper than if you go to a booming tall office building at the heart of downtown in your city. If you’ve recently chosen to take this course of action, now is the time to focus on how you can expedite and optimize the process. Below you’ll find just four of many tips that can help you:

Create A Budget

Your first step towards transforming an old warehouse into a work environment is creating a budget. This approach is important because you don’t want to run out of money as you begin obtaining furniture, knocking walls down, installing carpet, etc. If you can afford to have a professional assist you with the budget creation process, do so.

You don’t have to build further out than you want to. The great thing about these open transformative spaces is that they can grow with you. You can set them up to fit your current needs knowing there is place to grow. If the space is too big for you, but the building is a deal you can even expand and rent out space to another company to help your budget and cut down on real estate costs. When your company grows and needs all the space you’ll have the finances and hopefully equity to make bigger remodels.

Hire the Right Contractor

After you’ve created a budget, it’s time to hire a contractor. This individual can help you with key processes such as getting rid of old walls, concrete cutting to make windows, finding new carpet, and determining how specific pieces of office equipment should be situated within the warehouse. There are several steps you can implement to increase your likelihood of finding the right contractor. One is going online and carefully reviewing the contractor’s business website. While on the site, look for key pieces of information such as what type of educational and experiential credentials the contractor has. Also see whether the contractor has attained positive or negative online reviews.

As you do your investigation you can find those who’ve had experience with commercial work. It will cut costs to go with someone who can see further ahead and get you where you need to go, while laying the foundation to grow. This way future construction and remodels will not be so big. Hire someone with the vision that you have and make sure you ask about their experience making a proper office space out of an older warehouse or industrial building.

Let the Light In

In addition to hiring the right contractor, make sure that you let light from the sun into the new work space. Doing so can have a positive impact on mental and physical health, thereby empowering individuals to work more efficiently and expediently. If letting light in is untenable due to the location or structure of the old warehouse, try to integrate other natural elements into the workspace. For example, obtain live plants that can survive indoors and place them in the work environment. Seeing something alive and green can be relaxing and energizing for all employees.

Many of these industrial building already have giant doors that used to facilitate trucks getting in and out. These details can add charm to the office space. You don’t have to pretend they are not there. You can paint them your branding colors. You can put up a vertical garden wall and make it part of your business. Whether you make an office or shop out of the space, make sure your décor goes accordingly.

Many people like the restaurants and shops that were reclaimed factories. Adding Edison lights, wood, brick and metal elements can help it go from mismatched to a charming modern store or restaurant.

Make It Personal

One final strategy you should implement to get the most out of your new work environment is making the space personal. Note that in addition to being clean and functional, office spaces should also capture the spirit or identity of your company. As such, including things like the company logo or family pictures in the work space is almost always a good idea.

If it’s time for you to convert an old warehouse into a work space, you should utilize key strategies that help you optimize the process. Refer to the information outlined above to get on track to transforming the warehouse now.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.