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DATE: 11/14/2014

Designing a new office, whether it is a remodel or a complete new space, takes planning to get the look and function you will need for your team. Hiring an office designer is the first step to ensuring that your office will have a professional appeal while still being aesthetically pleasing. However, before your office designer can begin, she or he will need some details from you. Make sure to bring these eight items or information to your first consultation with your office designer.

  1. Measurements. First and foremost, your designer will need to know the size and configuration of the space they will be designing. A blueprint of the office space is ideal; measurements of the space that will be designed are what minimally must be provided.

  2. Employee counts. How many workstations do you need in your new office? Do any of your employees have specific needs that should be accounted for, such as ergonomic devices? Make sure to let your designer know what size your team is and any details that will help in the designing process.

  3. Atmosphere. What type of atmosphere is preferable for your office? Consider whether you want an open, team environment or if your team members need privacy to do their jobs. How your team works will be important to creating the right atmosphere in your office design.

  4. Budget. Your designer needs to know what type of budget that needs to be met for your new office. There are many affordable options that can still provide the aesthetics and function that you need.

  5. Style. What kind of style is appropriate for your office? Are you entertaining high-end clients or do you want a casual style for comfort? Think about the overall style you envision for your office and discuss this with your designer at your first consultation.

  6. Electronic needs. Computers, phones and other electronic devices are integral to the workplace. Let your designer know what type of outlets will be needed by workstations, plus any large equipment that will be needed in the office space.

  7. Preferences. Talk to your designer about colors, textures and patterns that you have a preference for, along with the overall style and design. Discuss signage and other items that you want incorporated into the design.

  8. Special needs. Make sure to discuss any special needs you have for your new office design, such as a training or conference room.

At CBI Group, our designers are ready to ensure that you get the office you want, within the time and budget you need. Contact us today to learn more about our modern office furniture solutions.