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Why does this Tenant Improvement Cost So Much?

    I'm often asked questions like this in the early phases of a tenant improvement. The client has many questions during early phases of an office relocation, and they normally would prefer to pin down the cost question quickly, so they can make a decision whether to move forward.
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Gilbert, AZ 85295
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For the Business Owner with Growing Pains

Are you a small business owner who loves working from your home, but has recently found your kitchen table too small for meetings?  Maybe your current leased offices are just getting too small for your new hires and new equipment, but you’re just not sure it’s the right time to relocate?  It might make sense to consider a tenant improvement on an existing or new office space.

With the recent market challenges many businesses are relocating their office for several reasons:

–  Reduce overhead costs with a lower lease payment. With office rents plunging, there’s never been a better time to be a tenant. Many tenants are finding that nearly everything is on the table — from rental rates to lease terms to the size of the security deposit.  And you don’t necessarily have to go through the expense and headache of relocating to get a deal.  To strengthen your hand at the lease negotiation table, let your landlord see that you’re shopping around.  And even if there are several years left on your lease, it can’t hurt to ask for an early renewal in this market.
–  Enhance worker creativity and communication with a larger space that has more natural light.  And redesigning the “flow” of the office might create a more flexible work environment that may mean removing or reconfiguring the layout of some office walls.
–  Find a new location.  Some businesses will benefit from better customer visibility, and others who don’t rely on foot traffic, will benefit from a more convenient, low-cost, utilitarian location.


Phoenix Tenant Improvement Ideas for a Growing Business

Successful business is about change.  If you are business owner who’s having growing pains, you’re not alone.  Here are a few tenant improvement ideas that might make sense:

1. Reinvent your present office by hiring a registered Architect to help you make the best use of your space. With just a little creative thought your office layout could be more efficient.
2. If your current office is running out of space, move to a building with a bigger office. Starting fresh in a new building will allow the design of your new office to anticipate every need and want.
3. Just when you think you’ve got the space you want, your business will change again. Progress is cyclical.  Finding an office with some flexible space could make sense for the future.
4. Convert an unused room in your home into a storage facility, warehouse or a second office for employees.
5. Utilize business centers. These temporary offices provide a traditional office space for you to work in, and usually come with amenities like internet access, videoconferencing, conference space, office equipment like copiers, and even receptionists.

About the Author.  Tenant Improvement in Phoenix. Tenant Improvement in Phoenix.

DESIGNLine Architects works with small and medium sized companies that have changing needs – a point in their development where the use of a building often starts to become a big factor.  We are trained to design space around a specific use, making sure that everything fits.  Many of our clients have limited resources and we have learned how to do a lot with very little.  To set up a Tenant Improvement Design appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at

Doug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona

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Cost Effective Tenant Improvement Ideas Phoenix

Compiled by Doug Rusk, Architect

Commercial Tenant Improvements

It’s been said that image is everything.  So when your customers walk into your office lobby, it should make a professional impression on them.  Enhancing the image and branding of your commercial offices doesn’t have to cost a lot.  There are many cost effective tenant improvement ideas listed below that we call “memory points” that will help your customers remember you, and improve the probability of that all important repeat business and referral.  Making only a few of these small changes will significantly transform your office space for the better.

Enhance your Reception/Lobby

tenant-improvement-Architect-Tempe* Adding texture and color to the wall directly under your reception counter is a great investment.  Like the front entry door, your reception desk can be very impressionable to your customer.  And depending on your office’s current theme or style, stone, brick veneer, wood or metal accents could be added.  Limit your palette to 2- 3 materials and colors.

* Upgrading the counter top material of the raised portion of your reception desk will focus your investment to just your customer’s reach.

* Adding a few new plants and painting the walls with a splash of sophisticated color is a very cost effective tenant improvement.


Dramatic Architectural Designs

tenant-improvement-Architect-Scottsdale* There are many ways to add dramatic architectural elements.   And surprisingly they can be cost effective tenant improvements.  A Phoenix architect can provide invaluable insight and design ideas.

* By inserting a few columns, beams, arches or lowered ceilings with wood or stone accents into your lobby,  your customer can’t help but see your company’s image as more successful and professional.  And the limited use of diagonal or curved element will add just the right amount od architectural drama needed to strengthen the room’s focal point.

* By adding these distinct architectural elements, it will improve your customer’s experience and help them remember you.

Upgrade Ceiling Treatment and Lighting

tenant-improvement-Architect-Chandler* Adding some architectural details to the existing T-bar ceiling in your lobby or conference room is a small, but effective, enhancement.

* Adding three (3) pendant lights over the reception desk is a very cost effective tenant improvement idea.

* Make your lobby more inviting by reducing the harsh florescent lighting and providing the ability for both bright and dim light.


Low Cost Commercial Office Remodel Ideas

tenant-improvement-Architect-Gilbert* Open the conference room up to the lobby with a glass wall.  Both rooms will feel larger and this  cost effective tenant improvement will also help convey your corporate policy of transparency.

* Add etched glass (or frosted film) to your conference room window located at a person’s sitting eye level.  This cost effective tenant improvement will provide privacy and reduce visual distractions.

* Hanging a world map on a prominent wall will convey a “global” image.

* Add or enhance your company’s sign and logo behind the reception desk.

* Modifying your window coverings will make a significant change, softening the window wall and absorbing sound where many hard surfaces exist.

* Enhancing you lobby’s coffee table will improve the center of the seating area.  And your customers will also love more comfortable seating, if required.

* Enhancing your company’s monument sign out on the curb and freshening up the landscaping are also good ways to improve your company’s image.

Keeping your existing customers and finding new ones are top goals of most business owners, right?  Implementing at least one or two of the “memory points” listed above will add value to your Tenant Improvement.  And improving your customer’s experience of their office visit will help them remember you in a professional light, and improve the probability of that all important repeat business and referral.

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DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona

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Home Remodeling Remains a Solid Investment in Phoenix, Arizona

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List of the Average Costs for 35 Popular Remodeling Projects in Phoenix, Arizona

Home-Remodel-Architect-MesaWhile the average age of the American home will soon reach 30 years old, more and more homeowners are considering a Home Remodel.  The costs of these major remodels, however, can be intimidating in today’s current market.  The lists below compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects in the Arizona Region with the value those projects retain at resale.

According to 2010-11 Remodeling Online Cost Value Report, Home Improvement projects such as bath remodeling, room additions, kitchen updates, exterior elevation “facelifts”, and making energy efficiency improvements remain a solid investments for homeowners in relative to the value of their home and neighborhood.

What are the cost of some specific remodels?

Home Remodel Designer TempeTopping the 2010 -11 Home Remodel Cost Value Report for Phoenix is the replacement of your Steel Entry Door (102.1% recouped) and/or Garage Door (83.9% recouped), because they both improve curb appeal so well and, consequently, improve your home’s resale value.  For an estimated cost of between $970 – $1,197,  both projects rank at the top their respective categories for two main reasons: 1) They are among the least expensive projects in the survey, and 2) They both recoup the most from their investment.   Improving the curb appeal can affect a potential buyer’s first impression and your home’s resale value.

The fourth (4th) highest on the list this year is the Minor Remodel of your Kitchen, which will recoup 72.8% of the $21,046 in estimated costs.  According to the 2010-11 Cost Value Report “in a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.”

Home-Remodel-Designer_Tempe-House-PlansThe seventh (7th) highest on the list this year is the Attic Bedroom Remodel, which will recoup 72.2% of the $51,428 in estimated costs.  According to the 2010-11 Cost Value Report “convert unfinished attic space to a 15-by-15-foot bedroom and a 5-by-7-foot bathroom with shower. Include a 15-foot shed dormer, four new windows, and closet space under the eaves. Insulate and finish ceiling and walls. Carpet floor. Extend existing HVAC to new space; provide electrical wiring and lighting to code. Retain existing stairs, but add rail and baluster around stairwell.”

Home Renovations in Phoenix Means First Starting with a Clear Plan

Most home owners underestimate the number of decisions they need to make their Home Remodel successful.  Proper planning helps you avoid spending extra money later.

  • – Start an image folder by compiling pictures of spaces and buildings you love.
  • – Write down a list of the rooms and functions you want  to consider.
  • – Identify your goals for project schedule and budget.
  • – Whether consulting with your architect or contractor for ideas and advice, there are a variety of decisions you’ll need to work through.  At DESIGNLine  ARCHITECTS we offer an alternative Design/Build approach that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can make the decision to move forward.

Home Renovations From Your Phoenix Architects

To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at  We will ensure your Residential Remodel will look more attractive and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for your family.

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Doug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona

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