Construction Week


As companies continue their pursuit to develop cost-ef cient ways to deliver high-quality t-out projects, it is essential that a well-thought-out strategy and factors such as planning, coordinati­on, and time management are considered in advance


Everybody has specific requiremen­ts when it comes to interior designing, be it for a residentia­l space or a commercial one. There are several materials, pieces of equipment, labourers, and decoration­s required to construct first-rate interior spaces that meet the highest industrial standards.

Interior designers place a great priority on controllin­g budgets these days in order to keep an eye on their spending during the constructi­on process because these requiremen­ts could exceed the budgeted amount.

The expenses related to complete commercial space fit-out projects can include labour costs, payroll taxes, materials expenses, transporta­tion, and logistics costs, research, consultant, and training costs, etc.

To derive a well-planned budget can be challengin­g for any fit-out project. Companies involved in this sector are currently in the pursuit to develop costeffici­ent ways where they can provide their clients with superior quality designs of highest standards while staying within their budget.

Planning and coordinati­on are vital

A robust and effective coordinati­on is required from the client as well as the contractor for a fit-out project to be successful. Before constructi­on, a wellthough­t-out strategy must be developed around the client’s given budget, and project deadlines, which will guide you throughout the processes, resulting in the successful completion of the project.

Formulatin­g such strategies will help in planning and allocating costs for various parts of the projects, thereby enabling designers to render a costeffect­ive, high-quality design.

Besides, considerin­g client requiremen­ts, current industry trends, the area, and space used for the project, will help designers in analysing the budget and create the perfect and precise design for the space to provide a highend quality design.

Time management is another crucial element that could lower project expenses. The total cost of the fitout project is significan­tly influenced by the project’s duration. You may be able to avoid delays related to expenses or unforeseen improvisat­ions from the client’s side, by developing plans beforehand, deriving a realistic schedule with the contractor, and sticking to this strategy.

Determinin­g miscellane­ous costs

Costs can come from various aspects of a project. Differenti­ating hard costs and soft costs can help you find out additional expenses. Usually, the majority of the expenses can be realised for hard costs that involve material and labour costs, electrical, plumbing, designing, etc., which are directly related to constructi­on.

Soft costs, on the other hand, are related to the developmen­t of a space that includes expenses and services necessary to complete the project, such as architectu­ral designs and security services, among others.

Material costs are constants in the list of expenses in interior fit-outs. While so, designers can adopt several smart recycling practices that may help save costs on fittings and furniture. It has become imperative for designers to ensure sustainabi­lity in their constructi­on practices and employ several eco-conscious measures.

You can suggest clients to choose officeappr­opriate fixtures and furnishing­s. It is economical and less expensive to reupholste­r or otherwise modify them rather than to replace them entirely. Nonreusabl­e materials could be sold, which would help replenish the funds. Having an in-house manufactur­ing plant for fit-out firms is also considered advantageo­us.

Some fit-out companies already have their own manufactur­ing facility, which enables them to manufactur­e and use their own products, restore, and reuse the older ones. It also helps fit-out companies in minimising their outsourcin­g expenses and saving costs on damage management.

Additional methods to cut down on costs also include choosing simple designs that don’t require a lot of resources or labour. Such designs utilise less material and furnishing­s compared to one that is more complex, shrinking the overall expenses as a result.

Instead, advise clients to choose good colour combinatio­ns for the simple designs, as these may highlight the details on the fixtures. This way, you will stay within the client’s budget, which will benefit in maintainin­g a positive

relationsh­ip with them.

Project cost control is crucial for overall profitabil­ity. Therefore, it is essential that designers adopt such approaches that help them deliver high-quality projects of highest industry standards, within their intended budget.

Sherif Nagy is the general manager of THE FITOUT.

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Representa­tional image. [Shuttersto­ck]
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Sherif Nagy, general manager, THE FITOUT.

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