The 7 Stages To Create A Stunning Fitout
After a lengthy consideration, your fast food brand finally pushes through with a store fitout. But how do you start, especially if it is your first time to engage the services of a fitout firm? There are seven steps that you will have to undergo, starting from creating a fitout concept to walking through your newly fitted store, says Scott Peatey, Managing Director at Aussie Fitouts. Knowing each stage and what comes before and after each one will help prepare you better for the months of work ahead.
Step 1: Concept
The fitout concept is finalized. You may already be flowing with ideas on what you want your store to look like, but it is always beneficial to consult with the experienced designers. Peatey says designers need to work closely with clients to further refine their concept and make sure it is something that can be built on time and within budget.
Step 2: Location
The location is finalized. Where will the store be located? The site will also play a big role in the final store design to accommodate factors such as the type of customers passing by and the habits of customers that will be frequenting the store.
Step 3: Design
Once the concept and location details are ironed out, a fitout design is then created through a collaboration between you, your designers and the fitout firm. It is a common mistake to rush this step in your desire to get construction going, but spending more time here will save you money and effort in the long run. “Sometimes it is best to take a little longer in the design process to get it right which allows for a smoother flow throughout the rest of the project,” says Peatey.
Step 4: Approvals
The fitout design is approved by the client before fitout construction begins. This is ensure that all parties are clear as to the expectations of the project. When it comes to scheduling your fitout, clear and realistic timeframes are essential. “Timeframes vary depending on the individual fitout requirements. We find that the planning and approval processes are often the lengthiest dependant on the relevant bodies,” says Peatey.
Step 5: Actual fitout
The actual fitout is constructed according to the approved design plans. You may think that this will take up the biggest chunk in the fitout schedule, but Peatey says this can actually be the quickest part of the process, especially if the planning and design were done well.
Step 6: Certifications
This is when the certifications related to building regulations are finalized, covering all the bases so that the client and the store are ready to start serving clients and open for business.
Step 7: Handover
The final step of a fitout project is officially handing it over to the client, a culmination of months of meticulous planning and execution. “From our experience clients should allow approximately 3 -4 months including concept design and location selection to handover as an average,” says Peatey, although individual project requirements may shorten or lengthen this time average.