Do we need an insurance policy to cover ICON INTERIORS project completion?

Do we need an insurance policy to cover ICON INTERIORS project completion? A question we often get asked is ‘Do we need an insurance policy when ICON INTERIORS undertakes our office transformation, or mezzanine factory/warehouse conversion?’ The answer is no, and there are multiple reasons for this. ICON INTERIORS has been in business for 16 years Firstly, we have been …

Are ICON INTERIORS’ projects paused because of the virus?

Are ICON INTERIORS’ projects paused because of the virus? People are asking us if ICON INTERIORS has slowed down at all with the virus restrictions. No, we haven’t at all. The construction industry is regarded as essential services. The VBA and WorkSafe have put out initial guidelines to maintain hygiene control which includes no sharing of tools and maintaining social …

Why is now the perfect time to renovate my offices?

Why is now the perfect time to renovate my offices? People are asking us, ‘Why is now the perfect time to renovate our offices?’ Now is a brilliant time to renovate or relocate & transform your workplace. Now with reduced staff (or no staff) on site as many are working remotely, you have some time to work on your business, …

How can I maximise my tax write-off?

How can I maximise my tax write off? When we come out on the other side of this pandemic, the workplace will need a lot of changes to allow for the new paradigm of social distancing. The federal government is allowing massive incentives of $150,000 tax write-offs this current tax year, for anyone investing in capital equipment or office & …

How can the $150K tax write off benefit us?

A question we have been getting asked is ‘how can the $150K complete tax write-off of a renovation on our offices benefit us?’ It can benefit you in two ways; firstly, you can invest now in any design changes you need to do, so that you’re ready for the new paradigm centered around social distancing, after the worst is over …

What ergonomic risks can I avoid from working from home?

What are the ergonomic challenges that we are faced with when working from home? Some businesses, who allow their staff to work from home, must deal with the legal challenges of it still being a place of work and how their insurances work with this. Given the new environment, where people are suddenly forced to work from home, there are …

How can I avoid loss of productivity from working from home?

How can I avoid loss of productivity from working from home? As strategic workplace planners, we are getting questions coming in like ‘how can we do our best work while we are working from home?’ I’d like to draw your attention to a book called Atomic Habits, by James Clear. What’s really interesting about this, is how ‘environment has far …

How will social distancing impact our workplace in the future?

How will social distancing impact our workplace in the future? A question we are being asked by business leaders, who are thinking about their teams, and what they will look like when they reassemble in say 4 -6 months’ time. Will social distancing rules still apply? Most likely yes. We are entering into a new paradigm of awareness of hygiene, …

What are the positives we can learn from this pandemic?

The positives are enormous. Firstly, we are seeing a huge level of empathy. There is also a heightened awareness of personal hygiene and personal care. How are cleaning procedures being done in workplaces and homes? Maybe there are some basics we have let slip. We have so many vaccines for so many different conditions, that maybe we haven’t been as …

Is this pandemic forcing the end of offices? Will working from home decrease the strength of professional relationships?

Another important consideration about the workplace is its effect on relationships. People form long lasting professional, private & even romantic relationships in the workplace. These serve people right through life as a facet of their identity – I’m a doctor, a lawyer, a medical health professional. There are conversations that we take into our private lives, our personal lives, and …

What is the difference between solid timber, veneer & laminate?

What is the difference between solid timbers, veneers and laminates?   Solid timber  We did a project for Vicforests in which we used solid timber. They manage Victoria’s forests, and in their project, they wanted to use solid timber. The solid timber tables have a certain depth which you can’t achieve with laminates. The staff there were all about environmental management & caring for the forests.  What you can’t see in the photograph …

What is the difference between residential & high commercial grade?

What is the difference between high commercial grade and residential grade?  There is a significant difference in the way the material is constructed and its resulting longevity.   We have clients who say to us, ‘We don’t need top end, we just want something mid-range.’ The difference between mid-range and top end in terms of longevity and service life is often not hugely different because to meet minimum commercial grades, it’s …

How can lean help my office fitout?

How can lean manufacturing principles saved me project budget? Some clients are surprised to see the level of quality that we can provide in our custom joinery and furniture without them having to pay the high-end customised pricing. Our manufacturing arms and alliances use the lean principles & manufacturing methods, so we can reduce waste, create faster lead times, and …

What is lean?

We are huge supporters of lean manufacturing. Lean is a continuous development of tools, processes and systems designed to eliminate waste in the of time and materials in the deliverable production process. it intends to increase productivity and increase safety to deliver higher value and quality to the consumer, profitably. Lean manufacturing originated in Japan in the 40’s, and Toyota …