The Best Way to Build a New Building

dbchart_whiteDo you know the best way to build a new building?  We do!!  Most people call it design build.  Being new to the construction experience, you might wonder what is that.  It is where you choose a an architect or a general contractor to create what you want and work with those whom you have chosen.  Instead of putting the project out for bid.  Design build is typically a faster process and you are more likely to get the building you need and want.

How do you start?  Choose an Architect or a General Contractor that you feel is best suited for your building and your needs.  Do you trust them, are they reliable, how is their reputation, do they have an actual office, and so on.  Some choose an architect or contractor whose jobsite signs are more prevalent.   Some choose them from referrals from friends, family, or associates.  One way to look into an architect or  contractor is to look at their website.  You can tell a lot about a company from their website.  Do they show detailed pictures, do they have more than one page, do they update it often, and so on.  The next is a big one, check their affiliations, such as the Chamber of Commerce or the Builders Association.  Check their Better Business Bureau rating, reputation.  Next, how big is the company, do they have one employee or a dozen? The larger the company tends to distance itself from the more personable experience for the client.  Smaller companies can not do what some larger companies can, like 5 million plus projects.  You have to choose this decision usually on your own.  Newer architectural firms rely more on newer technology and 3d design and conceptualization.  Do you need that?  You will most likely pay for these additional features they offer, same goes with a general contractor.  It’s common business sense, the more they offer, typically the higher the overhead which they will make up on cost or quantity.cropped-Hard_Hat1.png

Most people do not realize the cost of the project rates the architects fee.  The higher the cost the more they make, which is fair.  However, going the Design Build approach, your contractor helps you cut costs where you don’t need them and lets you know where you might want to spend more for durability and so on.  Architects know designing buildings very well. However there are things that get missed and installed on buildings all the time, that didn’t need to be.  All in all this just costs the clients more money.  Things like the architect spec’s a certain type of lighting from a non typical brand and the light requires specialty bulbs that you cannot buy without special ordering.  Would you want a light bulb that is easy to replace or one you have to call a electrician everytime. The ceiling grid is speced with revealed edge tile.  It looks nice, however do you want it, because it costs more.  The architect specs a specific door hardware that require mortise locksets.  Which means the doors have to be specially prepped and the lockset is usually about double vs a regular lockset.  They have special features, but do you need them?

th5xal9b1sA lot of building and business owners do not understand this approach of design build.  Instead of taking the time into putting the project out for bid for the one lowest bidder.  You spend more time with one contractor designing the building how you want it and can afford.  The contractor will usually be upfront with their markup.  Usually it is around 7 to 12 percent of the project.  It usually depends on the size of the project.  The lower the percentage for the larger the project.  Some contractors will advertise or show they are bidding at 5% or lower on projects under 1 million dollars.  DO NOT BELIEVE IT!!  They are marking up other trades on their bid to get their margin, it’s a slight of hand trick.   It is not as straight forward as a bid, we at Friga Construction Co give our clients.  Once we get the contract that the client chooses us to build the project, we show them a detailed breakdown of costs.  Then at the bottom we show our percentage.  So if the client wants to do the painting we will take off the painting and they will save also from our margin.  We are not always the least expensive General Contractor out there, however we choose to build quality not quantity.  If you are looking to build a Commercial building or do some commercial remodeling to an existing building, check us out and give Eric Friga a call today @417-887-7134.

Name That Mood

Name That Mood. I mean, what mood do you want your business clientele to leave your office or business with?  Do you want repeat business, most would say yes.  If you want them to feel excited like they just purchased a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, then you have to give them that feeling.  I don’t mean give them the car.  I mean give them that excited type of feeling when they leave your business or the best feeling you deem necessary for a repeat client.  A professional can only do so much, the other is up to the image you leave in the clients’ mind.  By image, I mean the appearance of your building, your office, or your factory.  A lot has to do with appearance in business.  Example:  Are you more likely to shop at an outdated store or a new store.  Kmart is an excellent example of how not to run your business.  They have not had a face lift in over 25 years, everyone else keeps updating and changing.

Think about the perception of the client and the experience that you give them.  The nicer the facility, usually the more people feel comfortable and the more they are willing to pay more for items just because of the experience.  Look at Bass Pro Shops, they are all about the experience, decorations galore, yet you will not leave out of there without spending the full MSRP for the items.  I usually leave happy after a purchase, my wife not necessarily.

Think outside the box, a dental, medical, or other type of office, try modern ceiling designs or wall designs.  Architect’s are ideal for this updated creativity.  An easy detail that attracts clients, adding an aquarium, saltwater aquariums are ideal, but expensive.  They are unique, they give clients a “cool, you don’t normally see that kind of thing” experience.  I have noticed small businesses must address the “Image Look or they will be run over by competitors.  Our construction company is no different.  If you don’t stay current, you become irrelevant, unfortunately.  As a business you must keep changing/adapting, sometimes that means changing your building.  If you are needing a building change, then give us a call @ 417-887-7134 ask for Randy.  We can help, I try to keep us socially updated, my dad, not so much.  However, he is a pro at helping clients cut unnecessary costs on projects.  He is definitely a creative thinker, which helps out in dealing with architects and creative designs.

Is that your office? Remodeling offices and buildings.

How many people go into an office and think about the décor or the building itself the office is in?  The answer is everyone, don’t tell me you haven’t done it.  Everyone looks at everything and most judge it, why wouldn’t your office be any different.  We deal with a lot of networking partners and we meet them at offices that most people would consider out of date.  If your office hasn’t been built or remodeled since 2000 or earlier then you most likely need an update.  If you overhear someone’s conversation talking about their insurance agents old office, Is that your office?  Then you might consider an update.

Think new and improved, look at your computer, how old is it?  Most office computers are upgraded every 3 years or sooner.  Why should your office been any different.  People tend to congregate towards newer and more modern looking offices than outdated and antiquated office spaces.  Not only offices, but also the commercial buildings that house them as well.  The whole commercial building the office is in, is a focal point for someone to judge.  Business owners need to evaluate the current revenue versus the different revenue one could achieve through remodeling.

We know most people prefer a newer building to do business in and they prefer a more modern looking office.  The office updates could only need new paint, removing wallpaper or paneling.  Some might need a new front counter, new lighting, and new flooring.  Some may need a complete overhaul.  Each space is unique and most clients have different budgets.  The clients should base their needs and goals with their budgets.  So a desired result is achieved through the commercial remodeling project.

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The building or shopping center the leased spaces are in, is also a big deal.  A lot of shopping centers and office buildings do a face remodel as like to call it.   They remove the current front of the shopping center and build a new one.  Giving it a more modern look for their tenants.  Usually the renovation consists of metal building components being installed for the substructure.  Then metal or wood framing is added and then the finish materials can be installed.  Stucco, brick, and various exterior finishes are applied.  Aluminum storefronts are also popular with maybe some new landscaping or signage.

If you have a construction project or idea in mind, give Friga Construction a call, “where your visions become reality.” www.frigainc.com