Fitouts are the final stage of construction after the construction has been completed. It s when the property owner in a multi-storey office building or at the end of the last grade level, the individual owner of that building will sit with an interior designer together to make sure that the room is fit out correctly. For an ordinary flat or even a small room there will be many fittings which need to be fitted, such as a new sink, new taps, and electrical fittings for the bath. Even the wallpapers need to be changed, especially if it is the first time that they will be fitted. If it s the first time they have been fitted they will often ask for advice and recommendations from their previous fit out job.
The Use of Fitouts in the Workplace
The most common areas for fitouts in the workplace would be meeting rooms, waiting rooms, kitchens, hallways, and toilets. In the meeting rooms the general fittings are quite obvious, such as a new sink and tap, but meeting rooms may have hidden cupboards and closets where other items need to be fitted, such as a cutting board, towels, paper cups, and napkins. The kitchen may also have extra cupboards and shelves where pots and pans can be stored, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, exhaust fans and so forth. Hallways and the hallway outside of the work area can also be fitted with extra fittings to keep the traffic moving, walkways and steps, lighting and heating to create a safer environment in the workplace.
Fitouts are usually carried out by an interior fitout company that specialises in the type of work being done. They will discuss the job with the client and the project manager to identify all the potential safety measures that need to be implemented. Some projects may have particular risks, such as exposed ceiling beams, wiring that could be hazardous, electrical panels that could fall and so on. Safety measures need to be put into place before work begins so that any problems can be dealt with safely, and this is why it is best to engage the services of a qualified fitout project manager. This will enable the fitout project manager to plan, design, build and install all the components that are required by the client.