How much does an office fit out or refurbishment usually cost?
From the initial design through to final completion, it costs approximately #150,000 p/m2. The first considerationis the existing layout. How much demolition is required? Are all the basic necessities of an office such as fire services, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing in place? We can design a plan that works around existing services, adds to the current service or install new services. We discuss your lighting and data requirements, whether you need joinery, workstations, partitions, furniture, floor coverings (carpet, vinyl, tiles), ceiling, painting, updating restrooms or kitchen areas, as well as signage.
What is the smallest project that you would take on?
The smallest fit out we’d work on is 50m2. If your project falls under this level, please contact us to discuss your requirements and see how best we can help you.
What if I receive a more competitive quote?
When comparing quotes make sure everything in your brief has been taken into consideration and remember the cheapest quote may not always be the best quote. DOTRubik projects pride themselves on being upfront and honest with with their quotes in order to minimise any unexpected variations during your fitout.
When you say you are a “full office fit out company” what does this mean?
We are a full design and construct company which means we will look after your entire fit out project, from the initial space planning & design, through to final construction and everything in between.
We can assist you with fitting out a new tenancy as well as refurbishing your existing tenancy if you don't need to relocate.
We look after all the services & documentation required as well as organisation & management of sub-contractors.
We can even help you find a new premises if required!
What is space planning?
Space planning is the process of working out how your office space can be utilised in the most effective & efficient manner. Based on your current & future growth requirements we can calculate how much space you will require. You will be presented with space plan diagrams showing overall layouts of your new office tenancy or medical practice which may include workstation sizes and circulation space, treatment room layouts etc.
What kind of joinery/furniture?
Think reception counters, cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms, office storage, display units, storage units for medical centres, showrooms, offices and much more. We can also custom make any items that you would like for your fit out or refurbishment.
What are partitions?
Partitions are the internal walls that surround offices, meeting rooms and boardrooms. They’re also used to section off larger open space offices and can be made out of glass, plaster or a combination of the two. They come in full height, ¾ height or ½ height and can be straight or curved, depending on the look you want. Partitions provide visual and auditory privacy while glass partitions allow natural light to be distributed throughout your office.
What type of acoustic insulation can be installed in solid partition walls?
We always discuss this topic with our clients, especially sales teams who require a high amount of privacy when discussing personal information with their clients. To increase the acoustic rating of your partitions we can use high density acoustic plasterboard as well as heavy density acoustic insulation to increase the noise absorption.
What is the difference between a grid ceiling and a plasterboard ceiling?
A Grid (or t-bar) ceiling is where large ceiling tiles sit in a grid and are found in the majority of office buildings. The usual sizes are 1200x600mm or 600x600mm and they come in a range of different finishes such. Lighting sits flush in the grid meaning unsightly air-conditioning ducts, electrical and data cables are hidden away above the ceiling tiles. While a plaster board ceiling, found in most houses, is attached to the ceiling beams and can be used in creating various designs.
PLASTERBOARD CEILING ( Flush plasterboard suspended ceiling system, comprising 9,5mm thick Rhinoboard fixed to T37K Tees using 3.5mm x 25mm streaker screws at max 150mm centres )
GRID CEILING ( 600 x 600mm x 15mm thick OWA acoustic / Armstrong or approved equal humidity resistant Suspended ceiling including steel angers and all necessary accessories )
What design services can you provide?
Our architects and interior designers meet with you to get a full understanding of your requirements and envisage what your fit out will look like. DOTRubik projects can create a range of designs for you from basic floor plans through to a 3D render of your refit or refurbishment.
How long does the design stage usually take?
This depends upon how detailed your fit out / refurbishment is, the size of the space and how many revisions are made along the way. We usually get the first draft out to you to review within a few days of the initial design consultation.
We already have some construction plans drawn up, will you work from our plans?
Yes, although we do have an in-house architect, if you have your own plans OR FIT-OUT manuals we are more than happy to work from these.
Do you deal directly with my building facilities manager or do I have to get involved?
During the design stage we deal directly with your building facilities manager & or landlord and submit all office or medical interior design documentation directly to them for approval. With the majority of our projects the facilities manager will require a package to be submitted for landlord approval. This package contains your interior designs ready for building permit approval, scope of works, finishes/colour board and details of modifications to be done on walls ceiling and floors.
What is the general time frame to complete a office fitout?
An office fit out can take from two to three weeks, to eight to ten weeks depending on the lead times of any specially made materials or furniture. We usually allow a minimum of a fortnight from the signing of the contract for pre production, before starting on site.
Do you outsource work to Architects or Project Management companies?
DOTRubik projects pride themselves on providing in-house Architectural & Project Management services. We work closely with our architects to satisfy all your design requirements.
Do I need a building permit?
We take care of any permits required as we have strong relationships with the appropriate bodies, who issue building permits and carry out any inspections that may be required.
Can you organise our Building Permit for us?
Yes, we have strong relationships with Building Surveyors and can put together and submit all documentation needed in order to obtain a Building Permit for your new fit out. REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING PLAN APPROVALS
What trades can you assist me with?
We have a team of quality tradesman that we’ve built up long-term relationships with over the last 30 years, so we know everyone working on your fit out or refurbishment works to the highest professional standards.
Our trade services include carpentry, plumbing, electrical, data/security, plastering, painting, mechanical (air conditioning), welding, carpet/vinyl layers, tiling, stainless steel, glazing, window frosting, fire services, signage, concrete cutters, e.t.c.
Can you supply & install workstations in my new office?
Definitely, we offer a wide variety of Nigerian factory made workstation options for you. Whether it be a screened system for open plan offices or hot desk for your customer care team.
Our library contains a large range of screen fabrics, bench top laminates and workstation leg designs so we can create a workstation setup to suit your company's needs.
Do my staff have to move out during the fit out / refurbishment?
It depends on what you would prefer and the timeframe that you require the fit out to be completed in. Work can be completed in a shorter timeframe with an empty workspace, however we can work around you by splitting the fit out into stages.
Can you supply furniture as part of the fit out?
DOTRubik projects can supply you with quality furniture from larger items like workstations and boardroom tables, multimedia/teleconferencing systems, right through to artwork and sculpture pieces to decorate your reception or waiting area.
Who is my point of contact throughout my project?
We don’t believe in having a salesperson ‘sell’ the project to our customers then hand it over to a Project Manager. Your Project Manager will be with you from day one until completion of your project.
How do you keep me updated during construction?
We update our clients regularly by phone, text messages and email. Regular meetings on site with your Project Manager show you the progress of your office fit out or refurbishment.
What happens if I have any issues after the fit out is complete?
We provide a 16-week defect liability period on all of our work. All you need to do is advise us of any queries and we will sort it out for you.