News 15 Dec
Top Considerations When Planning a Commercial Building Extension

If you are the owner of a commercial building, there are a variety of reasons you might be considering a commercial building extension.

An extension can provide much-needed extra space to facilitate operations within the building, by creating room to expand the capacity of your building’s commercial areas, storage space or office spaces.

Whether you are considering selling the building or simply looking to create a modern, functional and space-effective structure, an extension can be an excellent addition to a commercial building.

If you are assessing your options regarding a commercial building extension, here are some of the top considerations you should keep in mind when planning:



Ensuring appropriate budgeting is an important aspect of embarking on any commercial construction project.

An experienced builder will be able to help you assess your budgetary options, and explain how different outcomes and materials will affect budgeting. Builders can help you settle on a budget which will result in a high-quality extension that is also cost-effective and caters for your unique requirements.

It is worth noting that there are different methods of tendering builders which you can look into, including traditional ‘construct-only’ contracts or ‘design and construct’ contracts. These different contracting methods provide varied approaches to budgeting, risk-management and timeliness of delivery. Speak with your builder as to which type of tender is suitable for your project.


Quality Materials

The foundation of any construction project is the materials used throughout the construction process to create everything from walls and doors to bathrooms and tiling.

High-quality materials are particularly important in commercial projects, as commercial buildings can require complex plumbing and electrical considerations, and typically need to withstand use by more people. The use of high-quality materials throughout your building extension will help ensure that the end result is safe, durable and long-lasting.

The longevity provided by quality materials is a major advantage for commercial extensions, as your investment should result in an extension which enhances the current space, is fit for purpose, and will stand the test of time.


Building Regulations

In Queensland, all commercial construction projects must be carried out in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA), which is part of the National Construction Code (NCC).

Volume One of the BCA deals with commercial construction, providing technical requirements and regulations concerning building work, building classifications, building certifiers and sustainability measures. Compliance with these requirements is mandatory.

An experienced builder will work in line with these regulations, ensuring that your commercial extension ticks all the BCA’s boxes and is built in a manner which is safe, durable and sustainable.


Expert Builders

Experienced, communicative and time-efficient builders are the difference between a bad, good or outstanding construction project.

Choosing the right builder is therefore paramount to the success of a building extension, and you should look to businesses with a proven track record of success when considering your options.

A great construction company is one who prioritises communication with the client throughout the entirety of the construction process, ensuring that you are kept up to date with any relevant information and are aware of what is happening on any given week.

Expert builders will make sure your vision for your commercial project is brought to life in a manner which is well-planned, efficient and as non-disruptive to your daily operations as possible.


Making the Most of Unused Vertical Space

When considering a commercial building extension, it is worth looking into how the extension can help make the most of any vertical space available.

An excellent option when it comes to optimising vertical space is building raised storage areas, which can provide additional storage room in a cost and space-effective manner.

Mezzanine floors are another great way to make the most of your vertical space, and can support additional offices or production areas without requiring relocation to a larger premises.

Consult with your builder about ways they may be able to optimise unused vertical space, ensuring that you get the most out of your build.


Considering a Commercial Building Extension?

At Solutions Built, we are experienced with creating commercial building extensions which are safe, durable and satisfy all industry regulations. If you would like to know how we can assist with your extension, or have questions concerning commercial construction, please get in touch today.

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