When it comes time to expand your commercial space, you’ll have more than just a handful of things to consider. You’ll have to prioritize your needs, the needs of your current renters, the appeal of your building to future renters—the list goes on and on.

Assess the Programming of the Space First

Since you’re making such a significant investment, it’s important to invest in the right thing. When considering the architecture of your upcoming build, it’s best to consider the programming—or utility—of the space you’d like to add. Ask yourself, how will the space be used? What’s the value of this addition? You’ll need a far different space if you’re adding offices to your building, instead of hotel rooms.

Construct for Your Clientele (Local Amenities)

Consider your clientele. If you’re performing a full remodel of your building, cater to a clientele that is present in the area. For instance, if you have a building that’s in a high-end part of the city, it’s wise to opt for a top-line renovation to attract clients that are willing to pay a premium for a better space. If, on the other hand, you’re building student housing, it may be prudent to spare some expense.

Enable Conversion

Depending on the building space that you’re creating, you may be able to make the space convertible. For a building space that’s especially versatile, you’ll have to plan the construction so that load bearing walls won’t be obstructive, even if other walls are rearranged. Consider building with metal framing to make your building infrastructure more open to remodeling and conversion in the future. If you do plan on converting your commercial space in the future, it may be best to build non-structural walls as affordably as possible.

Match Building Aesthetics

Be sure to consider the aesthetics of your expansion, as well as the current building itself. It’s best to match the aesthetic to your previous building with any new components. If you have a brick facade, it’s probably best to choose the same brick.

On the flip side, you may want to make your expansion pop out. If so, switch up the aesthetics of your addition, but be cognizant that it should mesh with your previous property.

Amp Up Curb Appeal

When it comes to commercial renovation, curb appeal counts—and it counts two-fold. As we mentioned, good curb appeal is crucial to attract renters. In addition, it’s essential if you aim to sell the property at some point in the near future, to improve the curb appeal of your commercial space in order to attract buyers.

Budget Smart (Don’t overspend, opt for value)

Now, every builder has a budget, so you’ll have to weigh your priorities. Don’t spend every nickel and dime to build the best building, when a few, smart renovations will do the trick. You don’t want to lose money on your investment—instead, opt for an addition that’s just that—it adds value.


Sage Construction

When you’re ready to build, we’re here to bid. As your Des Moines commercial construction crew, we’ll do our utmost to make your addition as valuable as possible. Since we see projects through from start to finish, we make your experience simple, plus we cut construction time. If you’re ready to begin, don’t hesitate to get a bid today!