Difference between solid timber, veneer and laminate

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 …

Difference between residential and high commercial grade

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 lean can help my office fitout

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 …

Explanation on what lean is

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 …

Jellis Craig Ringwood

One of our valued clients, Jellis Craig Doncaster, had an exploding business in the Manningham area after an initial high-performance office designed by us, which we then extended again as they continued to grow. They then acquired another business in Ringwood, where they planned to continue and expand on their success trajectory. The Big Issue The client said ‘We just …

Inlite Project Video

The Big Issue We got a call from a client in Cremorne, Inlite, to have a look at their space and discuss how they had to bring three completely different teams together to become one. Gerrard Lighting, Inlite and Retail Light were all to become one cohesive unit. What We Found We found they had beautiful natural light coming in …

Explaning when to connect Internet in new office fitout

When should I get my internet connected?

I’m moving offices, when should I apply for my internet connection? This is a question that comes up over and over and over. Our clients ring their service provider, and they say ‘What’s your moving date? We’ll swap it over on the day.’ Many, many times, to great sorrow, this has not been achieved. Clients apply for it, and the …

Global budget first or achieving KPI's

Should I put the global budget first, or to achieve my personal KPIs?

Should I put my personal KPIs first or the budget allowance? We had a client with a difficult ethical dilemma. Her personal KPIs were to achieve the project within a certain budget and a certain time. However, she also had to sign lease conditions and agree on the fitout allowance from the landlord. These conditions both had several poison pills …

Using own trade on office fitout

Can we use our own trades? Case studies

Can I use my own trades in my office fitout? We do not recommend that for a timely and budget-controlled rollout. There is 3 excellent reasons that we have for not using your own trades as part of an overall building project design and fit-out. The first problem is lack of cost control, as variations in the project scope quickly …

Can we use our own trades in an office fitout?

Can we use our own trades in an office fitout?

Can we use our own trades in an office fitout? We do a lot of work for accountants, lawyers, doctors and other professionals and they either have direct relations that are electricians, (everyone’s brother-in-law is an electrician) or they could have customers that are in trades. They worry if they don’t use the trades who are their clients, it might …

Fitout companies having a page of exclusion

Why do other fitout companies’ have a page of exclusions?

Why do fitout companies have a page of exclusions? They are giving you a very, very tightly defined scope of works. If it’s not listed, you aren’t getting it. One of the issues we discover when we are quoting our design, we will quote, for example, 235 double general power points. When we do the cost comparison (when the client …

Signing a lease fit-out contribution

Are you being offered a fitout contribution by your landlord?

Are you being offered a fitout contribution?   Some of our valued clients say we appreciate you calling and we love what you do, but we haven’t signed the heads of agreement yet. As soon as we do, we’ll give you guys a call and get you to go through the tenancy. We don’t want to waste your time before we sign anything.   We can help you at …

Space needed for office fitout

How much space do I need for my new office fitout?

How much space do I need to allow for my office fit out? How much space do I need per employee or staff member for our new office? What workspace ratios or square meters per person that I can use to work out what we need to accommodate in our new workplace? That’s a question we get asked from time …

Fitout budget

How do I know how much to allow for my fitout budget?

How do I know how much to allow for my office fitout budget? When you’re planning your new office, relocation or refurbishment, it’s really important to establish the budget right the first time. We find a lot of people run into trouble when they have created a budget number, a budget allowance has been granted or they have a fit …

Ensuring that there are no extra aircon costs outside of the quote

How can I ensure there are no aircon costs outside of the quote?

How can I ensure there are no aircon costs outside of the quote? We did a project for Dennis Pagan in Travencore towers on the ground floor. The tenancy has a lot of west and south facing glass which meant we were going to have heat loss in winter, and heat gain summer. The client was comparing two competitive quotes, …

Signing up for the best tenancy

How do I know I am signing up to the best tenancy for me?

How do I know I am signing up to the best tenancy for me?  Some of our valued clients that we’ve either done work for many years before or we’ve been in contact with for many years, say to us when the time comes to relocate to a new office “Hey, we are just in the process of getting a lease signed, once we’ve …

How long does an office fitout take?

How long does it take to do an office fitout in Melbourne?

How long does it take to do an office fitout in Melbourne? The Short Answer: The first 1- 2 weeks is spent in understanding the design and preparing all the costings. We use historical costings to give you a rock solid, fixed quote which doesn’t suddenly blow out halfway through the project. The next two weeks are spent in interior …

What design style should I choose for my office?

I need to get my office space right – what design style should I choose for my Melbourne office fitout? Every person and every company has different needs in terms of design for their wonderful new workplace. Not only just where the walls go and how the desks are positioned from a space planning perspective, but also what colours and …

Workplace Style: Eclectic

Eclectic style is not for the faint hearted! Eclectic style typically incorporates elements from all design styles and eras, such as Art Deco, midcentry modern and retro, using a large range of different textures, trends and colours. Eclectic spaces can sometimes be thought of as ‘busy’ but not all need to make your head whirl to look at them. A …

Workplace Style: Warm & Traditional

A traditional style that makes an office fitout feel warm and inviting while maintaining a professional working space requires experience. One of our clients who are family lawyers requested their transformation to feel ‘homelike and warm’, as they needed their clients to feel welcomed and soothed during what may be troubling times for them. The design team achieved the brief …

Workplace Style: Monochrome Minimalist

Sleek, monochromatic office fitout often deliver a minimalistic look. A much more corporate look than other styles, creating a concrete jungle feel. Monochromatic style uses multiple layers of black and white with varied textures adding depth and dimension. Although monochrome can be sometimes stigmatised as ‘boring’ (and if poorly done it can look like a developer chose the finishes so …

Workplace Style: Scandinavian Minimalist

Scandinavian style is sometimes generalised as being whites and natural materials such as wood and leather. However, it is so much more than that! It is the practice of only having things you love and need, minimalism as a way of life. Scandinavian design looks classic and timeless in an office setting, a restful space which allows employees to focus …

Workplace style: Industrial Warehouse

Industrial style is usually associated with warehouses; the dramatic look and vibe of exposed ceilings showing the air-conditioning ducts, glass partitions and polished concrete being very well-known components of this style. The warehouse or industrial style workspaces often showcase oversized pendant lighting with the raised height ceilings. Typically paired with warm metals such as brass and copper, timber and greys, …