ReTouch is a full-service commercial general contractor specializing in tenant finish remodeling. We provide turnkey project management services to Owners, Property Managers, Real Estate Developers. We are unique to this industry by our pre-construction consulting service and the relationship we have with our clients. This provides a clear line of communication to meet our clients tenant finish needs and complete our projects within the agreed upon schedule.
How much does a commercial finish cost?
Since this is a place where profit is supposed to be made, the cost is an important consideration. Of course each space (and client) is unique, and a customized budget should be developed for your project during a collaborative design process.
Here are a few sample levels of construction complexity that affect the price.
Low: $25-50 per square foot
This would be at the extreme low end, and the assumption is that a lot of the work has already been done. Most of the walls are in the right place, the bathrooms don’t need much work. This would cover painting, flooring, maybe new ceiling and lights, but not much else.
Mid: $50-100 per square foot
Most of our projects on office spaces land in this range. It means none of the major systems (plumbing, hvac, electrical) need work, but some walls are being relocated in addition to the work that is done in the low range.
High: $100 + per square foot
If the entire space needs to be redone from scratch, you are probably going to land here. If you are building new, add $50 psf to this range for a rough benchmark.
Popular products or design features for a commercial space:
- Glass, glass and more glass Our commercial clients continue to use more and more glass in their spaces. Privacy has become less of a concern than openness, it helps light travel easily, and it makes a space feel bigger.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) At first LVT was only found in hospitals, but it has become very popular lately and options have proliferated. It is an affordable, durable, flexible flooring that can feel very much like wood, or tile, or almost anything else you can imagine.
- LED Lighting Utility bills can be a big concern in a commercial space, but it is important that the light not feel too sterile. As LED has become more refined, this has become one of the options of choice. We have come a long way from the days of the 2’x4’ fluorescent box.
Commercial renovation problems to avoid:
- Who pays? Commercial spaces usually involve two parties–the building owner and the business owner. Regardless of which one you are, you don’t want to pay for more than your share of a construction project. Having a commercial realtor and an attorney specializing in commercial real estate is an invaluable asset for this process.
- The city Ok, so you can’t actually avoid the city. You will need to get a permit any time you move a wall or mess with wiring. Just allow 2 to 6 weeks for city planning process. The wheels of government turn slowly and painfully at times.
- Spacing The layout of a commercial space can have a dramatic impact (good or bad) on the productivity of your employees. Think carefully before just plopping that copy machine in the hall. It might be adding dozens of steps to an employee’s day, and burning hundreds of dollars of time.
Products and Design Elements
Create more natural light by expanding
Reconfigure your restaurant to add more seating
Adding outdoor office patio for meetings and events
ReTouch Commercial Finish Pictures
Author Bio: Lisa Wetherell runs the blog Lighting House – where she writes about her knowledge gained from 10 years…