What Not to Skimp on When Doing a Restaurant Buildout

The goal of any restaurant construction project is multi-fold:

  1. You need a functional space with good design aesthetics;
  2. You need to meet all life safety requirements and ensure full compliance with building code, zoning and other regulatory restrictions; and
  3. You need to be cost-conscious and budget-wise to the build.

With all those needs in place you might be tempted to cut (or at least round) some corners during the buildout process. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to skimping on areas of a restaurant renovation. Specifically, don’t skimp on these areas:

Commercial Kitchen Equipment Installation Expertise

A restaurant kitchen’s equipment 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.

Only an experienced and local general contractor who knows South Florida building codes and regulations can do this successfully. Don’t skimp by hiring a sub-par contractor. If the kitchen isn’t functional, safe, and compliant with codes and regulations, the restaurant simply won’t be operational.


Your commercial kitchen will need to be inspected before you can open your doors. Pass the inspection with flying colors by ensuring that you have a safe, well-operating hood system that’s professionally installed. Not only is this important for the health and safety of your employees and customers, but it’s also essential for meeting the Florida Fire Prevention Code. If things go wrong during the installation or inspection, there could be long-term implications for your operation and restaurant safety.

Design Functionality

A well-flowing restaurant design is worth its weight in gold. Not only is it safer because it minimizes potential run-ins, crashes and spills around sharp corners or blind spots, but it also results in less congestion and fewer traffic jams that can occur along narrow walkways or other troublesome areas in your restaurant. As a bonus – a restaurant that functions effectively will be more profitable to boot!

If you’re looking for ways to save money on your restaurant buildout without cutting corners, be sure to read this article. And as you consider your restaurant construction goals and priorities, come talk to us 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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