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Ways to Avoid Design Flaws for Your New Business Building

Ways to Avoid Design Flaws for Your New Business Building

Every new structure that goes up is unique. However, you might notice some design flaws that cut across the industry. It’s essential to pay attention during your new building’s design phase to avoid making irreversible mistakes. Read through to learn how you can avoid being a victim of common design mistakes.

Open Communication

A breach in communication has to be the leading cause of disputes in any construction project. During the design stage, you need to be in constant contact with the architect or designer. You can tell them what you expect, and they can tell you if it’s achievable or not. They also need to present the design to you for approval.

Another importance of open communication is remaining on schedule. Designing involves a lot of steps and adjustments. The designer needs to be in contact with you to update you on how far the process is. It is easy and common for construction to take longer than originally planned for, so having great communication will only help your building schedule stay on track.

Avoid Cutting Corners

Everybody is always trying to save a penny or two. However, it can be a dangerous path to take during the design phase. It would be best to seek a reputable designer or architect’s services to ensure that the resulting building meets your expectations and the business’ needs. Be sure to pick the designer carefully to get value for your money. While it might look expensive upfront, design flaws can cost you so much down the road.

There may be some options that cost more now, but will end up saving you money in the long run. Do your research to determine which upgrades are worth it and which are not. Being knowledgeable on these decisions will greatly benefit you in the long-run.

Embrace Technology

The craft of architecture has evolved tremendously in the wake of technology. While designing your new business building, consider embracing new technology, which allows you to immerse fully into creativity. A good example is using a 3D print, which clearly expresses your expectations.

Another exciting advancement worth noting is 3D laser scanning services. The laser scanning documents every spec of your project, allowing you to evaluate the good and the bad. Besides, using technology, such as virtual reality, will enable you to pinpoint areas you would like adjusted before construction begins. That saves you time and resources.

Take a Unique Approach

Like we’ve mentioned earlier, your new business building will be unique. Most people make a common mistake by implementing something in their construction because they saw it somewhere else. Although it might have worked for another business, it doesn’t mean that the design will work for you too. Allow the designer or architect to come up with a custom-made design that meets all your needs. However, that doesn’t restrict you from looking for inspiration elsewhere. That’s perfectly fine, but don’t copy-paste everything.

Adhere to the Latest Design Trends

Apart from the technology advancing, other trends have taken design a notch higher. You want to incorporate these trends in your new business building’s design to create an excellent first impression. Some of the emerging trends include collaborative spaces, energy-efficient exteriors, and smart glass.

Other trends, such as going green, go a long way in environmental conservation, an issue every business needs to be conscious about. While picking a design trend to follow, ensure that it improves everyone’s working experience at the company and the energy efficiency.

Avoid a Scope Creep

While there is no harm in making adjustments, try as much as possible to keep them under control. What might seem like a minor adjustment could snowball and go beyond the project budget. One way of avoiding scope creep is presenting all your needs to the architect up front instead of presenting them in phases.

The Bottom-Line

The design stage is crucial for every construction project, so get a creative partner who will turn your concepts into a reality. Pair that with the above tips, and you can dodge common design flaws.

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by Rayanne Morriss // Rayanne Morriss is currently working towards her BA from Oregon State University. She loves to write, read, travel, and paint. She enjoys finding new coffee shops with friends and expanding her cooking skills with her husband.

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