Taking on commercial projects can be a major task, with a vast budget included as well. Contractors do not have an unlimited budget, so it becomes wise to cut costs efficiently. Korwall hopes to provide useful suggestions. After considering initial methods, consider these additional measures to save even more:
1) Evaluate material and product specifications
It is possible to find materials and products that are more economical whilst still providing the desired finish level and appearance for the project. It is important to review every aspect, from fixtures, finishes, to flooring. Be aware of the prices for each item, because it all adds up quickly.
2) Take a closer look at the details
Be sure to review the building design closely. Doing so will help identify intricate details that add onto the project cost. If the building has cornered, angled, or curved components, there will be an added cost. To reduce costs, contractors can simplify the design to be more linear.
3) Redesign the HVAC system
Knowing what type of HVAC system your clientele wants before-hand helps to avoid installing a more sophisticated and expensive one. An owner/builder can save many costs by selecting a simpler system if they know the building will not need an advanced cooling system. Builders can also save significantly by reducing the number of zones, thermostats, and more.
4) Cut back on glass
Windows are expensive. In perspective, a glass window in an interior office can cost three times what it would cost for a wall. Builders can save even more by standardizing the size of the selected windows and raising windows 16 inches or more off the floor. Doing so eliminates the need for more expensive tempered glass.
5) Take a design-build approach
With this type of mindset, a contractor will engage an estimator at the start of design, collaborating with the design team to meet budget goals for the project. With a construction-pricing expert involved during the design phase, the project owner will be allowed to make educated guesses regarding items that impact project price. A design-build contract also provides a complete shift of risk from the owner to the design-build team.