What are the hidden dangers in signing a lease?

What are the hidden dangers of leasing? What should I watch out for when signing a lease? Are you looking to sign a lease for your new offices? There lots of things to consider before you sign. Factors such as square metre cost, outgoings, body corporate fees and make good clauses can massively impact the affordability of the space from …

Can I use a house builder for my office renovation?

Can I use a house builder for my office renovation? Are you considering renovating your workplace, your medical centre or offices using a residential or home builder? You shouldn’t be and there are multiple reasons for that. A domestic builder doesn’t have the correct registration for commercial works. Instead of being qualified as a CB, or Commercial Builder they are …

How much is an office fitout?

How much does it cost to fitout an office? This is a very variable question to answer. You need to ensure that whoever you’re getting to price this for you includes everything that you need to renovate your office successfully. The quote needs to include things like air-conditioning alterations and additions to a compliant and usable standard, and disability access, …

Can I stay in my office while we renovate? Rhenus Logistics case study

Can I stay in my office while we renovate? Case study: Rhenus Logistics Is your business growing, or needing to pivot and restructure to adapt to new changes, but you know your current workplace design is holding your team back? Is your physical environment preventing them from doing their best work and serving your clients to the very best? Do …

Can I stay in my office while we renovate? Facey Industrial case study

Can I stay in my office while we renovate? Case study: Facey Industrial Is your workplace tired and in need of a transformation, is it holding your team back and you need additional capacity so you can grow? But to do that you think it’s not an option because you’d have to move out to be able to renovate. Wrong- …

Can I stay in my medical clinic while we renovate?

Do you have a medical practice or a workplace that you know needs to be transformed to be brought up to the mark to let your team to do their best work? Think it’s impossible because you need to keep operating? Can’t put your business on hold works? Keep reading to solve all your problems!  We completely gutted and renovated the core of the …

Can I stay in my office while we renovate?

Can I stay in my office while renovate?  Mex Accounting – night works  Are you thinking that you need to renovate your offices or workplace, but you’re worried that you might need to move out or put your business on hold while all this happens? Need to change your working environment to be able to grow your culture, grow your team, and increase …

Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life

When you hear biophilia, what do you think of? It has become a bit of a catch phrase in the design industry and is dangerously close to morphing into a cliché, just like ‘culture’ used to describe beanbags, coffee machines and sleeping pods (Disclaimer: the aforementioned three have their uses😄). One of the seminars at NeoCon this year redefined the …

#4 problem converting a house to a medical clinic – correct registration

What is the problem using a residential builder for a commercial project? In order to convert a house to a medical clinic, whether it’s a GP, chiropractor, physio, or psychology clinic, you need a commercially registered builder. A residential builder doesn’t have the correct qualifications and you can’t legally undertake the works yourself. If you’re remodeling it to live in, …

#3 problem converting a house to a medical clinic – hidden costs

What are the hidden costs of converting a house to a medical centre? When you are converting a house to a medical clinic of any description, you need to consider the cost. What are the hidden costs in transferring the use? To be compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), you must provide disability access to all the doorways. They …

#2 problem converting a house to a medical clinic – building permit

#2 problem when converting a house into a medical clinic: Obtaining a building permit The second biggest problem with converting a house to a GP/physio/dentist clinic is obtaining a building permit. The building permit needs to be able to demonstrate that you can achieve disability access through all doors. This means that the width of all doors must be 850mm …

Problems converting a house into a medical clinic – Klint case study

Klint Intensive Neuro Therapies The big problem The team at Klint Intensive Neuro Therapies were looking to expand & reposition in the Mulgrave area. They located a house that they wanted to convert into a medical clinic. Our team had a meeting with Keegan and Leanne who they were very clear on what they needed to achieve from a business …

#1 problem converting a house to a medical clinic – town planning

#1 problem converting a house into a medical clinic: Will you need a town planning permit? We often get asked “what is involved in converting a house to a medical clinic?” Whether the conversion is to GP, physio or chiropractor, the #1 problem with converting a house to a clinic is whether you need a town planning permit; this is …

Do I need a building permit to renovate my office?

Do I need a building permit to renovate my offices? The short answer is yes. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) specifies that ‘any works’ require a building permit. If you alter anything such as lighting, paths of travel, or doorways, you need a permit. Even if you just install some workstations, a building permit is necessary. For example, a tenancy …

Area Specialist new Keysborough offices

Area Specialist Keysborough new offices The big problem Michael Choi, a successful estate agent in Keysborough, was starting up his new venture so he gave us a call. We found that he had three big challenges. Small start- up budget The first challenge was that he had a start-up budget for an untested venture. We had to really cut to …

What are the pros & cons of co-working spaces?

Co-working spaces We often get asked by our clients ‘what do you think about co-working spaces?’. If the client needs 200 sqm, 300 sqm, 500 sqm and is looking at the longevity of the tenancy and how long they have to commit for, then they start to think about co-working spaces. On the plus side, there a few good reasons …

Do I need to provide disability access in my new office?

Do I need to provide a disability accessible toilet? When we fit out my new office, do we need to provide a disability accessible toilet? The answer is yes, and no. Yes, because of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which means you need to provide disabled facilities for disabled people. In certain circumstances, you aren’t required to install a disability …

What are the risks of building a mezzanine myself?

What are the risks if I manage a mezzanine build myself? Will I run into trouble here? Absolutely there are risks but forewarned is forearmed. The first step you need to take is to contact a professional to get building advice. Not engineering advice, from a steel fabricator or a mezzanine company, but rather get a building surveyor or qualified …

Is a mezzanine tax deductible?

Is a mezzanine tax deductible? Many clients tell us ‘I’ve asked my accountant, and they’ve said it’s a fixture because it isn’t going to die, it isn’t going to fall over and it has no moving parts – therefore we can depreciate it at 2.5% like ceilings & walls’. This means you would be able to depreciate it over the …

Is a mezzanine expensive?

Is a mezzanine expensive? Everything has a cost. A mezzanine involves steel, timber, engineering & permits etc; the real question you are asking is, what is the return on investment? What’s the productivity increase? What’s the additional utilization rate that you need to get out of your warehouse, factory or offices? Is a mezzanine expensive? Not really. If a mezzanine …

Rhenus Logistics new offices

Rhenus Logistics Project The big problem The team at Rhenus Logistics in North Melbourne had grown organically over the years and now they were higgledy-piggledy all over three levels. This resulted in several issues which were stunting further growth. Our team attended site and completed a needs analysis, leading to the identification of a number of problems; poor organisational structure, …

RT Edgar Toorak new offices

RT Edgar Toorak The big problem The team at RT Edgar Toorak had grown and grown slowly over the years, expanding into the tenancy above, giving them about another 300 square meters. However, from there their growth seemed to plateau, so they called us, and our space planning team identified three issues; lack of wayfinding, team cohesion and a restrictive …

Help! My noisy office is killing me. We can’t hear ourselves think.

Help, my noisy office is killing me. We can’t hear ourselves think! We get this call for help probably three or four times a week from people that are frustrated because they can’t do their best work. They can’t produce for their company because of the disturbance of unwanted noise from other teams around, resulting from poor acoustic control strategies …

How big can my mezzanine be?

How big can my mezzanine be? The answer is as big as you want! The only limitations you have are the total net area within the building envelope. The next consideration is what the town planning of the local Municipal Shire allows us to do. If you add an extra 100 or 200 sqm of mezzanine floor, you need an …