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HOW MUCH WOULD AN OFFICE RENOVATION COST

[BLOG] Published: 2021-08-01 - Updated: 2022-10-06

HOW MUCH WOULD AN OFFICE RENOVATION COST

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HOW MUCH WOULD AN OFFICE RENOVATION COST

Office renovations may not be complicated and pricey as building out an entire office room from the ground up, but they still require the same level of attention to make sure the build-out meets your tastes and needs. Our goal at Smart Remodeling is to maximize your office space, whether you’re renovating your office or setting up a new building. We offer office renovation services to hundreds of government institutions, municipalities, commercial and private clients in Houston, Texas.

 

What Our Office Renovation Entails:

  • Main lobbies
  • Interior offices
  • Conference rooms
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Reception areas
  • Retail storefronts
  • Medical facilities

If you have an office in Houston or the neighboring areas, you will incur a cost between $50 to $200 per square foot or an average of $15,000 total. Regardless of whether or not you want to work with our office renovation contractors, this office renovation pricing and cost guide should help you create an initial budget and make the decision to renovate your office easier.

ProTip Takeaway: The average cost to renovate your office space will depend on the complexity of your project, square footage, flooring, cost of materials, electrical, plumbing needs, hardware and connectivity, and cost of hiring professionals.

Hiring a Designer

Before starting any work, you need to bring a design professional to oversee your office design. An architect will take care of building codes and design a suitable office for employees, including persons living with disabilities.

Expect architects and designers to take about 20% of your renovation budget. That could mean $10,000 of a $50,000 total renovation budget.

ProTip Takeaway: Before you embark on your office renovation journey, it’s wise to hire an architect or professional contractor to oversee your office design.

Floor Space

A small-sized outlet under 500 square feet could cost $80,000 on average, whereas a medium-sized (around 1000 – 2000 square feet) workspace costs between $150,000 and $500,000. For a yardstick (13,000 square feet) with pantry and meeting rooms, expect to pay anything above $1 million.

Flooring

For a vinyl tile or commercial-grade carpeting, expect to pay anywhere between $4.50 to $12.00 per square foot. Hardwood flooring will cost you between $7 and $22 per square foot. For porcelain tile or ceramic floors, expect to pay between $15 - $20 per square foot. Laminate floors cost $10 per square foot. On average, the total cost to install flooring should range between $1,500 and $4,500.

ProTip Takeaway: If you’re on a tight budget, consider concrete flooring, as it only costs $2 per square foot.

 

Lighting and Electricity

A decent lighting fixture is one that not only creates an inviting environment but also impresses employees and clients – thus boosting your business.

Basic lighting can cost between $100 and $300. Check out this list of lighting installation costs per lighting point or fixture type. It’s worth remembering that these prices don’t include the costs of the fixture type itself.

  • Chandeliers: Installation cost ranges between $100 and $200
  • Ceiling Lights: Ceiling lights typically require two hours to install a complete fixture, the total installation cost ranges between $90 and $230.
  • Pendant Lights: Pendant lights take one to three hours to install, for a cost between $95 and $250. Introducing a separate switch adds another hour to the work and thus the cost of installation increases.
  • Wall Sconces: Wall-mounted lights take about three hours to install, with a cost between $90 and $250.
  • Recessed Lighting: It takes three hours to install pot or can light, and labor cost averages $175 for a complete job.
  • Fluorescent Light: Depending on the wiring configuration, the installation of fluorescent light fixtures can cost between $85 to $217.
  • Track Lighting: It takes about three hours to install track lighting in a room, so expect the cost to range between $100 and $250.

ProTip Takeaway: LED or recessed office lighting is the most preferred choice when it comes to energy-efficient lighting fixtures in office spaces.

 

Painting

The interior painting is a great way to preserve an office presentation. It helps to keep the employees and visiting clients happy. On average, most contractors charge anywhere from $2-$6 per square foot or about $60-$100 per hour (Flannery, 2021). Just like lighting, painting costs will greatly depend on size, labor costs, material costs, and more.

 

Carpentry

Cabinets and built-in bookshelves are other areas where you can wow potential clients with your renovated office space. Shelves and cabinets can be an effective solution if you want to minimize space and clutter.

The cost to have Cabinets and built-in bookshelves installed ranges between $1,200 and $4,000. If you buy the materials yourself to have them built, the cost may vary as per the artistry you employ and the type of wood.

For instance, installation costs for a book cabinet average $350 per linear foot. Large Cupboards cost from $200 to 350 per linear foot.

 

Office Furniture

Providing your employees with the right furniture that facilitates good posture, can help alleviate common office health problems.

The renovation budget can be as high as $3,000 for a custom couch and as low as $100 for any free-standing piece of office furniture.

ProTip Takeaway: It’s a good idea to prioritize comfort and productivity by choosing the right office chair, desk, and other furnishings.

Hardware and Connectivity

The cost of installing computers and telephone wiring can range between $100 to $3,000. Consider the following hardware when you’re planning for an office renovation.

  • A new computer can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,500
  • The cost of data-cabling for every employee’s landline (telephone jack and writing installation) can range between $250 – $400
  • A scanner and printer cost between $50 and $400
  • Computer network wiring can cost between $180 and $600
  • Expect the installation costs for the telephone system to range from $150-$640

Office Partitioning

As with lighting and flooring, adding walls to your office space will differ greatly in cost depending on what materials you’re looking for. For instance, glass walls will cost more compared to drywall and plywood walls.

A basic office partition wall could cost around $10 per square foot, whereas walls that use executive design elements, such as glass or fiber material, could push the cost of renovation to $150 per square foot.

 

Kitchenette and Bathrooms

An office kitchen and bathroom can help keep team members happy and motivated (Fixr, 2021). According to the US. code, one bathroom is required for about 15 staff members. As long as you have enough office space for conversion, a new bathroom could cost $5,000 to $35,000. As for the kitchen, the average cost for a kitchenette renovation in Houston is $20,000.

ProTip Takeaway: An office shower or bathroom should be handicap-friendly as per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Soundproofing

Covid-19 has forced many people to embrace a work-at-home culture. Most employees are now conducting zoom meetings in the comfort of their homes. Unfortunately, noise is a major challenge when it comes to working from home. Barking dogs, screening children, door bangs, other noises from family members, can affect the quality of your podcast, Zoom meeting, and Video Calls.

To avoid all these, you need to soundproof your home office. Various methods of soundproofing are available and each comes to its associated costs. Generally, soundproofing costs range between $1,000 and $2,400.

Fire Protection Systems

An office space requires fire protection systems like fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and exits, and so forth. Installing a fire protection system from scratch in a small to medium-sized office could cost you between $5,000 and $10,000 (Fixer, 2021).

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC)

A well-maintained HVAC system can have a big impact on employee/client productivity, health, and wellbeing. So, having an HVAC installed during your office renovation can save you some money in the long run. An HVAC system could cost about 20% of your total office renovation cost.

Labor

For a typical office build-out, labor should take about 10% of your total renovation budget. This translates to $40 per square foot or $100 a square foot.

Office renovation Costs in Houston Texas

Feature

Cost ($)

Flooring

1,500-4,400 per Square Feet

Lighting & Electrical

150-800

Soundproofing

1,000-2,400

Paint

2-6 per Square Feet

Glass/Walls

150 per Square Feet

Carpentry

1,200-$3,900

Kitchenette and Bathrooms

5,000-35,000

Labor

40-100 per Square Feet

Are You Ready For Your Office Remodeling Project?

Smart Remodeling LLC has a long history in rendering office renovations services that meet and exceed our customers' expectations. Whether you need to build out an entire office room from the ground up or renovate your old office, we are ready to act as a design-builder for your renovation project. Give us a call today and get estimates from trusted professionals.

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