Interior Designer vs Contractor: What’s best for setting up my office?
Are you facing the dilemma of deciding whether to engage an Interior Designer or a Contractor for your office fit-out? Let’s distinguish the two- a Workplace Interior Designer can coordinate and manage your project from design ideation to site execution stage while a Contractor generally executes renovation works based on your own ideas and plans.
It can be challenging for a Contractor to give you a holistic workplace design input and workflow – and equally challenging for you as well given that there are many workplace design considerations not commonly known. See below for some highlighted key ones:
- Office layout and workflow considerations for future growth
- Workplace Designs for acoustics, ergonomic or even handicaps
- Design for corporate branding purpose
- Special requirements on security or IT
- Office equipment, especially those state of the art available in the market to fit your budget
- Office furnishings
- Durable materials
- Good system and workplace furniture
- Sustainability design criteria, if required
If your business is leasing a bare space for a typical 3 years or more, you should consider hiring a professional Workplace Interior Designer to reap long-term benefits from a good office design.
For short term solutions, getting a contractor or minor A&A vendors would be viable to refresh the office look or to quickly get the office electrical power set up and ready for move in.