A lot goes into commercial building construction, and as any architect, contractor or designer knows, planning is critical. When you make a mistake or leave something out while building a commercial building, you can’t always go back and fix it without tearing things down and starting over. Here, then, are some of the most important things to consider when it comes to commercial building design.
The Type of Building
You’re designing a commercial building, but not all commercial buildings are the same. Are you building an industrial plant or some kind of factory? Are you making a retail store? A gym? A restaurant? Each type of commercial building has different needs. Some may need to be street-facing, while some are better out of the flow of traffic. Some will have most of the activity happening on the ground floor, while in others, the higher floors will be where all the action is taking place. It’s important to know going in which type you are dealing with.
Zones and Permissions
You can’t just build whatever you want, wherever you want. Your commercial building is part of a larger community, and that community has rules. You don’t want to find out after you have designed a 12-story building that your location is only zoned for 10, or that the materials you planned to use for 80 percent of the building don’t conform to local code regulations. Make sure you know all the zoning regulations and have all the permissions you need before you start.
Financing and Budget
Are you going to have enough money to finish the project the way you want it? If not, it’s better to find out early. You will be much happier if you realize your limitations in advance and build something that is solid and finished, even if it is not quite your dream construction, rather than run out of money with only half a building in place.
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