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  Example:  Are you more likely to shop at an outdated store or a new store.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.

99 Problems but a New Building Should Not Be One

A business owner has at least 99 problems, but building a new building should not be one.  I mean if you build a new building, it should last for a long-time and be fairly trouble-free.  However, if you just go by low-cost numbers then there could be potential problems down the line.  There are certain things people can do to save money upfront, but they can create issues overtime.  If there are issues for potential long-term issues we try to point them out or adjust the building design, so there is no issues later on.  To us, the building stands like our reputation, if it fell apart, that would look very bad on us.  So we try to anticipate future issues. We let our clients know of long-term and short-term savings they can achieve with their new building without causing potential problems later on.

LOCATION.  Location helps with the value of the building.  You wouldn’t want to build this new building in a bad part of town or in a high crime area.  It also helps stand you apart from the others.   If the location is not that great then you will most likely you will have to spend more on advertising to attract business.  Of course most business owners would prefer prime real estate, however you will have to do your due diligence on what the increase of revenue would bring.  A million dollar lot would be prime, but is the area the lot is located in your target audience?  If you are looking for commercial properties check out Ron Stenger, Murney & Associates, Bill Beal, or the Plaza Realty.

Design build is the way to go.  By choosing a contractor then an architect, the contractor can help you through the process and provide valuable information.  Such as ways to save money upfront, but also can give recommendations of helpful design details that can prevent issues further on down the road.  Issues like, ways to prevent oil canning on metal wall panels, ways to prevent future water leak issues, minimizing maintenance of equipment, and so on.  If you are building multiple locations, efficiency is the key in your building, setup, workstations, offices, or other.  Figure out what you need for efficiency and what you can be adaptable to.  I’m not saying build your building like all of the others.  You should have a design that is unique and appealing not just utilitarian.  Working with a contractor will give you insight in where you might be able to save some money.  Also where you might spend more up front, so you can save more later on.

Energy efficiency is the way to be, use LED’s vs CFL.  LEDs usually mean fewer changes in bulbs and are more efficient.  They do cost more upfront usually, but they pay off long-term.  Try to pick out light fixtures that require less maintenance and less special order light bulbs.  Some light fixtures require certain styles  of bulbs that are special order, even at supply houses like Harry Cooper Supply.  Unless you stock those bulbs, you will have to order one every time one goes out.  If you have multiple locations that just turns out to be a headache that is not needed.  A more efficient HVAC unit is ideal, half of the time, personnel turn the thermostat to 65 degrees in the summer and 75 in the winter.   Needless to say unless you lock the thermostat, a more efficient system will help you in the long run.  You can also choose different types of glass and tinting, depending on your building.  A tinted exterior glass can help lower the utility bills.  There are several “Green” types of products that also have commercial applications and they can make your building more efficient and environmentally friendly.  Go with solar panels, to help with offsetting high usage equipment or use it for night-time lighting.  There are many features building owners can choose that are durable and help save money later on.

Building smart is better in the long-term versus doing things just to save money.  Cutting costs in construction can impact the long-term cost of the building.  I know there are buildings locally that were built within 10 years ago and they are already replacing windows, doors, and flooring.  Partly because they built the buildings with cheaper materials and they do not last as long.   It’s no different than if you bought something at Bass Pro Shops  or O’Reilly’s.  It will cost more upfront however, it will most likely last longer than if you bought the same thing at Wal-Mart.  Most people do not think about the future issues, they just look at cost.  Cost is important, however, building smart is the best way and the way to save money down the road.  So when you are ready to build, look no further than Friga Construction.  We have been building for over 30 years, give us a call @417-887-7134 or check us out online www.frigainc.com.  Friga Construction ” where your visions become reality.”

 

 

Image is Everything

1212or-07+work-truck-heaven-work-truck-show+image-is-everything-quoteThere are those that say image is not that important, they’re wrong, image is everything.  Would you rather go into an older looking shopping center, mall, office, etc. or a new building?  More people than not, would rather go into a newer & more modern place to do business.  One might think just because it’s new doesn’t mean it is already better.  It has to fit in with the times, usually it means brighter lighting, unique modern exterior look, a cleaner look inside & not jammed pack with merchandise.  Architects can go more into detail of what is current & stylish today.  My main focus is pointing out what could you do to improve your sales from a building standpoint.

small-office-building-designLike I said before, just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s better.  It needs to fit with your business, how do you want to be viewed towards your future or current clients?  A law office most likely won’t have the same style of building as say a Cox Health Clinic.  As goes with a Keller Williams office building won’t look like a telemarketers’.  Try to step back & look at how your business might look to people.  Do you see where you can improve?  Most people do not even think that the building or office they work in has an effect on their clients or customers, but it does.

cool_buildings_products_01There is the cost to improve your office or building’s image. It might require you to look at building a new building or remodeling your current one.  Look at it this way, do you have enough business that you do not need new clientele?  What is the potential for new clients or customers with a remodeled office or new building?  Building new can be more expensive than just remodeling a current building or office.  Then again it can go the other way as well, it just depends on what you want to do.  th3Z0VI5Z6Either way you can make energy efficiency improvements to save on overhead.

Nowadays everyone has to stay current or you fall behind the competition in each & every business.  The building in which you do business is no different.  Does the Fazolis down the road look more inviting than your italian restaurant.  Is a newer or updated Holiday Inn across town, more traveler friendly than your hotel & so on.  If you do decide you need to update or build a new building, give Friga Construction a call @ 417-887-7134 or check us out @ www.frigainc.com.  Talk to Randy, if you don’t know how to proceed, he will work with you to get you through the process.  We are a local family owned business that has been in business for over 40 years.  Our excellent reputation is one of the reasons we are the Springfield’s Best Commercial Contractor.  Always remember @ Friga Construction “your visions become reality.”

 

Are Your Windows a Clear Choice?

Andersen100-Gliding-3Are Your Windows a Clear Choice?  I mean do you know the differences in the different windows and window manufactures?  Most people do not, they see a window for what it is.  It’s clear and protects the inside of the home from the elements.  Well, there is a lot more to a window than meets the eye.

andersen_replacement_doors_folding_la_skyline_sWindows have come along way from what they used to be.  The older windows consisted of wood frame & sashes with single pane glass with weights.   Overtime the windows aged by rotting if the painting wasn’t kept up.  The energy efficiency performance of the old windows are extremely low.  If that stuff didn’t bother you then try operating them after 40 years of being painted, a lot of them are painted shut.  Things changed, the industry noticed the importance in the efficiency of doors and windows.  I have seen testing on new windows where they shot a 2×4 through it, to see if meets certain new requirements.   There are many choices of windows and brands to choose from, which one should you choose?  I would say it depends on what you want in the window.  Do you want the best there is?  Is interior or exterior colors important to match?  Cost is usually a factor.  How efficient do you want it and so on.

The options vary on each brand of window, however there are some standards offered by all manufacturers.  For instance, they will ask you if you want a vinyl or wood window.  Vinyl is usually cheaper & you can have some of the benefits of the wood windows, such as Low E glass, double pane, with grills.  Low maintenance, longevity, & efficiency.  The wood windows are more sturdy, they don’t warp or sag like vinyl can.  You can get more color options & wood interior choices.  The efficiency, longevity, & resale value are there as well.  There are different types of glass that you can get, some offer a double pane Low E glass which is efficient & there are some that offer more panes such as a three pane.  Most people go with the double pane and don’t spring for the extra cost on the added glass panes.  There are some neat features that manufactures offer as well.  For example, blinds inside the glass or storm proofing such as Andersen Window’s StormWatch.  The wood windows and doors today are either wrapped in vinyl or metal so the wood doesn’t touch the elements.

Andersen%20Windows%203AndersenPella, & Marvin are the some of the biggest names in residential & commercial windows & doors.  Each manufacture has their own high & low-end products.  You should choose which brand you believe is going to make you happy over the long run.  However, we are an Andersen Certified Installer, which means we know how to install them properly & we give a two-year installation warranty on their windows & doors.  We tend to lean toward Andersen as the brand we use, but everyone has their own preference.  Each manufacture has their specific way they recommend to install their window.  However, there is a set pattern all of them follow.  Installing windows & doors correctly plays a major part in how the window or door functions.  Nowadays, installers & builders must meet these new requirements.  If they don’t meet the requirements of the window or door manufacture & the window fails.  The manufacture says, sorry the installer installed them incorrectly & the warranty is void.  That would make anyone mad.  You are buying the installation as much as you’re buying the window or door.  The correct installation means you have a manufactures warranty.

Your window & door checklist should go as follows:  What do I want or expect in the product; price, efficiency, colors, & etc.? Do I want vinyl or wood windows?  Choose a manufacturer who you feel is what you want.  Who is my installer; the cheapest or Certified by the manufacturer to make sure you get your warranty?

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Just because you are getting a new house or remodel doesn’t mean your windows or doors are going to be what you want.  Make sure you find out the details and choose accordingly.  Windows and doors are a really big part of efficiency, which means how much money is saved.  Like I stated before you are buying the installation as much as the window.  We are an Certified Andersen Window & Door Installer, we have been through their hands on training in Minnesota (granted it was in February, I had never saw trucks drive across a frozen 80 ft river before then).  We have insurance, a member of Springfield’s Home Builders Association, & are a member of Springfield’s Best.  Give us a call @ 417-887-7134.

Build New or just Renew.

Should I build new or just renew an existing building or home?  That is a question that comes up a lot in business owners’ and homeowners’ minds.  By renew, we mean remodeling an existing building or home.  Remodeling might entail an addition for more space or just an update or face lift.  This blog will go over the pluses and minuses of building new versus remodeling. Land_for_sale,_Omagh_-_geograph_org_uk_-_869589 Building new has its advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages of building a new buildibusiness-locationng like an O’Reilly’s, Comfort Inn, etc. are; a new appearance, usually less maintenance, can be a better location, more efficient, and most people enjoy shopping or staying in a newer building.  Which could mean more revenue for your business.  The Disadvantages of a new building versus a remodeled building are; can be more expensive, higher costs do not guarantee a more profitable return.  The hassle of dealing with a city or county on zoning issues, stormwater drainage, and impact fees. If you know you want to build new and just need a property to look at, Murney & Associates or Plaza Realty can be a place to look.

IMG_0027    The advantages of a remodeled or addition on to an existing building are; usually cheaper than building new.  If you have a existing business running in that location, you can usually keep it open when the building is getting remodeled.  You usually do not have to get the city or county zoning involved, just the plan reviewers and inspectors.  The Disadvantages of remodeling are; Sometimes a city or county makes you upgrade the electrical, plumbing, or hvac to current codes.

Building a new home has a lot of advantages.  You can live where you want, build what you want.  Make it more efficient from the start.  Include new technologies in the structure, storm room, alarm system, vacuum  system, and home automation.  Everything will be new and updated.  There is of course a down side to new as well.  You have to buy the lot and it’s harder for financing.  Everything will have to meet current codes.    Remodeling is what a lot of homeowners choose to do, it’s advantages are; live in the same home where you are familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood.  Make your home how you want it.  Cheaper than building new, depending on what is being upgraded.  On the flipside, remodeling a home has its disadvantages.  You live in your home while its being remodeled.  Inconvenience of not being able to use the certain areas being remodeled.  It can cost more than you think, you would never believe how some homes were built years ago.

It all boils down to the individual and what he or she wants and can afford.  At Friga Construction Co., we build what our clients want.  If you want to remodel your home or business, we will try to make it less inconvenient as possible & give the clients ideas to make your dream a reality & the Meeks Design Center helps.  If you want to build new, we can direct you to an architect and work with you through the whole process.  Remember we are “where your visions become reality.”  Give us a call today.logoframe