When making plans for a new restaurant, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and thrill of the project. But before going too far down a renovation path, it’s important to partner with a contractor who has experience with restaurant buildouts so you can work through import conceptual and design elements from the outset.
Why Your Kitchen Design Governs Your Buildout
If you’ve purchased an existing restaurant space, chances are good that you’ll be able to save a significant amount of money on the restaurant renovation, but it may come with some limitations depending on its layout and design.
For a restaurant to function safely and efficiently, everything from the wiring and ventilation to installation and safety requirements need to come together seamlessly.
This is usually easier said than done.
Even restaurants with designs that have been perfectly planned run into hiccups, especially when it comes to equipment.
Commercial kitchen equipment installation needs to mesh both with the life safety requirements (e.g., the fire alarm and sprinkler and other electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems), as well as fit the project’s operational needs.
If the kitchen isn’t functional, safe, and compliant with codes and regulations, the restaurant simply won’t be operational.
Pre-construction Planning to the Rescue
Preventing things from going wrong is so much easier than trying to fix them with change orders once the restaurant renovation is underway.
Hiring a contractor with significant restaurant experience and one who can anticipate challenges in the design and build process is essential to ensuring that your restaurant is functional and, in turn, more likely to be successful and profitable. Working through important details during pre-construction can prevent unnecessary obstacles during the build as well as save time, rework effort, and money.
At Seacoast Construction, we’ve been completing restaurant buildouts in South Florida for more than 20 years. If you need help with yours, give us a call at 786-433-8740.
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