As an owner of a small editing firm, I know the importance of having a friendly and welcoming workplace for both clients any my employees. For that reason, and personal aesthetics, I decided it was time to redo the office space, and create a more open-air layout to encourage discussion and collaboration between everyone present. Studies have shown that an open environment is key to increasing productivity, and I am keen to take advantage of it.
Since my company operates mainly through the Internet, it was a given that I would start my look for a quality contractor through a basic web search. Since most of the furniture and partitions are modular, I was most interested in having an artist come in and create a mural for the large wall not encased in glass or doors (my company has a quarter of a renovated warehouse.) I had no idea of what would be a good image to use, though I am certain that anything would be better than traditional beige or eggshell white.
I finally found a site that puts clients in touch with excellent builders and painters. Find a Builder prides itself on only working with the best professionals available, and verifies the potential contractor’s good standing and portfolio before putting him or her in touch with prospective clients. This site has dozens of good contractors to choose from, and contacting any contractor you have ready access to the portfolio and history of work completed.
Building a conference room
When the mural painter arrived, we sat down and talked about the office and my profession. Before the end of the interview, we were both laughing and exchanging funny stories and potential ideas for the project. She did give me an idea – even with an open air design there exists a need to have a designated area where business can be conducted quietly. She advocated creating a small room at the corner where the two banks of windows meet. It seemed to be the perfect place for a conference room.
I decided to use her services after getting the room put in, and I decided to find a builder at the same site. Much like the last time, it was a simple process to find a great contractor for the project. With a good person selected, we settled down to get the room set up.
Since a modular design was selected due to the ease of installation, the contractor was able to install the partitions in a single evening. After moving in the conference table and wiring the new room for lights and data, I sat down and looked out. It was interesting, since so many of my clients had never set foot in the office I had never considered a conference room. However, in the ten minutes that this room has been ready, it has already been put in use by my workers. It seems that a room such as this could be very useful for those precious moments when absolute silence is needed.
Finally getting the mural painted
I called back the artist, and she was delighted with the larger area to work her trade with. We finally selected a series of books and pages, floating in a breeze. The initial sketches looked promising, and her portfolio was exquisite.
It took a week for her to get the work done, and when finished she just a photo of the completed work and backed away. The fee was reasonable, and there was no drop of excess paint anywhere. My workers were pleased with the results, and the few local clients that come into the office have all made positive comments about the changes.
The final component was rearranging the desks, and removing the old fashioned partitions that served only as a place to stick pictures of cats and children on. I took a poll of the workers, and we decided to utilize a series of long tables with plugs put in around them. Since we utilized laptops, with dedicated monitors for collaboration projects, the freedom to move around at will was invaluable.
All in all, it took a month to go from an initial idea to a new work environment. With Find a Builder, I was able to quickly find the perfect people for both projects. The two contractors were dedicated individuals, willing to go the extra mile in helping create the most effective work place environment for both me and my workers possible. During next month’s lease renewal, I am going to get permission to paint my part of the buildings outside walls. It will be an interesting project for the painter, one she had already expressed an interesting in undertaking. I could only hope she does as good a job outside, as she had on the interior.