A breakroom must be ambient enough to inspire creativity and durable enough to withstand constant use. It can also act as a social place where people convene to snack, converse, and generate new ideas.
Breakroom renovations are a serious matter. A simple update or full-scale job can make your breakroom space more durable and compliant with accessibility standards. Our veteran-owned company, Choice Builder Solutions, is here to provide you with the tools and services to update your breakroom. Here’s everything you need to know about a breakroom remodeling.
Breakroom Remodeling Advice
Breakroom remodeling can be a simple installation or repainting, but it can also be a complex transformation. Whatever route you choose, it’s highly recommended that you follow these tips and tricks:
Priority and expectations
Before remodeling your breakroom, it’s best to know what your goal is. Do you want more space? New appliances? Better design? Another factor to think about is when do you want the project to be finished.
You should make a distinction between what you want and what you need. It’s important to prioritize items and replacements that you genuinely need in the new breakroom, then check your budget to determine if you can add more things that you want. Talk to a contractor at Choice Builder Solutions to get a quote for installing new features.
You might have to create a budget, so you don’t go overboard. Definitely do research on the cost of painting a cabinet, getting a new refrigerator, getting new appliances, and price per square footage. Don’t forget the little details like doorknobs, cupboards, drawers, and dividers.
The best way to set your budget is to create a spreadsheet with the total cost. You want to incorporate all the upgrades that you want to make, along with the estimated cost next to each item.
Then calculated total should be an estimation, so you get an almost accurate assessment of the budget that you need will need for this project. Keep in mind that you should add a buffer in case of any unexpected costs that might come up during the remodeling process.
Color and design
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Don’t forget to find your favorite color and design, and see if it fits well with your breakroom. There are software, programs, and apps that you can download to upload a picture of your breakroom and apply various color and design to see if it looks good or not.
The right breakroom design can bring your vision to life, and the wrong one can be a nightmare. This is the time to think about what kind of cabinet, countertop, lights, backsplash tile, and shelves you want. Leave no stone unturned, and think about details like paper towel dispensers, soap dispensers, and waste receptacles.
Finding the right team
It's essential to find an excellent breakroom remodeling contractor that can get the job done at an affordable price. At Choice Builder Solutions, our contractors are leaders in the industry who have worked on installing appliances and features at large-scale projects for frequently-used public spaces.
You can find out more about our contractors’ projects so you get an idea of their style and artistic ability, then decide which ones are the right match for your needs.
All of our contractors are certified or licensed. This helps protect you, since unlicensed contractors might not complete the task to your liking.
Materials and appliances
It’s best to consider implementing energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly building materials. Another factor is to know the dimensions of the appliances that you will be installing. Your contractors at Choice Builder Solutions will be able to discuss various appliances with you and determine whether or not they can be fitted into your breakroom.
Here is the list of planning and logistics that you should consider during the breakroom remodeling process:
- Check the timeline for shipping to ensure that you will get your materials and tools in time.
- Find the right contractor that fits your budget and working style.
- See if the remodeling process will require you to seal off other rooms from noise or dust.
- Find a place for employees to relax and eat during the remodeling process.
- Make sure that you are knowledgeable about the building codes.
There are obstacles that you should be aware of, such as:
- Can you reuse old hood vent pipe?
- Does the new oven use the same energy source?
- Can you use existing wiring?
- Will you need to reroute the gas lines?
- Is there space in the garage to store appliances and materials until they are installed?
- Will the new refrigerator or oven fit through the doorway?
Avoid replacing or ordering cabinets until you know the size of the new appliances. Work closely with Choice Builder Solutions contractors to make sure you’re on the same page with appliance dimensions and breakroom measurements.
If you want a unique look, then you will have to brainstorm and think outside the box. You can consider glass pane cabinets, chalkboard paint walls, repurposed floors, and much more.
List of Breakroom Guidelines
Before starting your breakroom remodeling adventure, here are some costs that you should research for the appliances and materials:
- Cabinet knobs
- Paint and primer
- Cabinet hardware
- Light fixture
- Inspection/permit cost
Some items require different adhesive or materials, so speak to the local hardware store employees about these items before making a purchase:
- Windows and door trims
- Tile adhesive
- Ceiling textures
- Drywall installation material
- Plumbing fittings
You can also add luxurious appliances to spice up your breakroom. Here are some tips to consider:
- More space
- High-end building materials
- Soft-close hinges
- Trash compactor
- Dimmer switches
- Touch on/off faucet
- Smart appliances
- Custom cabinets
- Walk-in pantry
Breakroom remodeling is an exciting adventure. However, it can be very pricey and complicated. Fortunately, our contractors will help you embark on this creative and innovative experience. If breakroom remodeling is done right, you can create a durable space that’s accessible to all chefs and guests. Find out more about how Choice Builder Solutions can help you with your breakroom renovation needs.