We recommend hiring a professional who specializes in designing commercial projects in your type of business, as the designing process can vary greatly. For example, all the material grades, code requirements, and permitting processes are based upon their distinctive divisions, and if any of the designs don’t meet the requirements, your project can be delayed and end up costing more to fix.
Ensure the professional is also knowledgeable in the following:
Your type of business (office, clinic, retail, restaurant, etc.)
Landlord and tenant dynamics.
Commercial building codes (occupancy classification, public safety disability barrier-free requirements).
Architectural and structural elements that can play a critical role in your project.
Proper material types and construction methods. For heavy foot traffic areas, water , noise impact, privacy, fire rated construction, etc.
detailed drawings for permit, pricing, and construction. Review their drawings if possible.
An experienced architect or interior designer can address these points and solve problems smoothly. As a design firm, VIS Designs would be happy to discuss your project’s unique needs.
Because most tenant improvement or interior renovation projects consist of both architectural and interior elements, we highly recommend hiring a professional with training and experience in both architecture and interior design.
Architects are knowledgeable in technical aspects, but they might not be gifted in creating an environment that will increase productivity and attract customers for higher revenue. Interior designers are talented in creating a transformation to a space, however, not all of them know how to solve technical challenges to eliminate unnecessary project costs.
VIS Designs is well qualified in both areas, ensuring your project will be expertly handled from all angles.
CREATIVITY & PROBLEM SOLVING:
Check the designer’s website and review his or her completed projects. At your initial meeting, ask how they applied concepts to previous projects and how they overcame any challenges.
SENSE OF BUDGET:
Ask how the designer met previous clients’ budgets while still providing a quality design.
What is the designer’s track record? Consider factors such as integrity, ability to stay on schedule, professionalism, etc. Are there any online reviews about them?
Knowing your designer’s personality traits can help you prevent potential problems, contribute to a successful project and ensure the best possible customer experience. For example, is the designer detail oriented? Do they have a positive attitude? How are their communication skills?