Refurbishments, Fit-outs and Other Interior Design Terminology


Many companies these days decide to have interior design and renovation work carried out at their premises, such as office refurbishment. This type of work can help to improve practicality and functionality as well as aesthetic appeal. There are various different types of work that can be carried out inside commercial properties, but some business owners and manager may not be aware of just what is involved. Familiarising yourself with some of the design terminologies that is used when it comes to commercial interior design can be a big help.

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Some common commercial interior design terms

 Some of the common commercial interior design terms you may come across include:

  • Refurb/refurbishment: This is where work is undertaken to renew and improve that has already been used for the same or another purpose
  • Fit-out: This is where work is carried out in order to develop an internal room or area into one that is suitable for its intended use
  • HVAC: This stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. These systems are vital in business premises to control temperatures and create a comfortable working environment
  • Detail and build: This is where a fit-out is carried out based on the specifications and instruction from the client, which means a design team is not needed
  • Design and build: This is where the company deals with both the design and the work required for the successful completion of the fit-out
  • Principal contractor: This is the contractor that takes responsibility for health and safety when works are being carried out. It is usually the main contractor in cases where a number of contractors are being used
  • Scope of works: This is a written document that provides details of all of the work that will be carried out as part of a project
  • Strip out: This refers to the stripping out of internal fittings and fixtures from a commercial building
  • Sub-contractor: This is a specialist tradesman or company that is taken on to carry out specific work by the main contractor
  • Turnkey project: This is where all aspects of a particular project are dealt with by a single company
  • M&E services: This refers to any work that is being carried out in relation to lighting, power, air conditioning or heating
  • Floor box: This is a terminal that has the necessary sockets for data, power and phone connections
  • Defects liability period: This refers to the amount of time for which the main contractor will be responsible for problems and defects following completion of the project

These are all commonly used terms within the commercial design industry. Familiarising yourself with them can help things to run more smoothly if you are having work carried out on your own commercial building.

What we do at CJ Ceilings

At CJ Ceilings, we offer specialist services to businesses looking to have interior works carried out. We are able to offer effective and affordable office partitioning solutions to improve practicality and style without the need to spend huge amounts of money on creating new rooms or building walls.

We also offer a full interior design and refurbishment service to enable you to enjoy the perfect work environment. With years of experience in this field, we offer not only exemplary workmanship but also high levels of service to ensure your project goes without a hitch from start to finish.

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