Tips for choosing the right interior design firm
Hiring a trusted commercial interior designer will make all the difference in creating an office that people will want to work in. For most companies (not in the construction industry), it is best to hire an interior design firm (ID) that has the full range of capabilities from start to finish ie. Conceptualisation of the design & planning, document submissions, compliance to safety regulations, project management, construction (actual renovations) and engineering & IT services.
Residential vs Commercial
Residential and commercial renovations differ quite a bit. A firm that has done your house renovations well may not be equipped to handle an office renovation well! Be sure to check on the portfolio of the ID you are intending to hire. Experience is very important with commercial projects. Do not be afraid to ask for photo evidence or to see their website.
A project manager (usually the one you interact with) will co-ordinate the renovations overall to make sure everything is on schedule. Only choose the ID firm if you feel that person you interact with is reliable. Double check to make sure that the person you have met is the one going to be in charge of the project.
Test-fit your office
Consult an ID when in doubt of what can fit in the space. A good ID firm will be able to advise you on what can and cannot be done. They can also do a test-fit drawing to help you to visualise the actual end product. You want to hire an ID that gives good design planning advice.