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How to Get Started With Restaurant Building and Renovation

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Some restaurants, like cafes, don’t require as much restaurant building space as others. But, space is always an important factor in any project.

Are you a current restaurant owner or planning to take over one soon and are dissatisfied with current equipment or the appearance of the space? If so, there are many considerations a restaurant owner or manager must take when it comes to restaurant building and renovations. For example, is the current layout currently working for your business and needs just a touch-up, or would you prefer to completely start over from scratch? Are you looking to relocate or open a new store in another city? All of these ideas have financial and time costs that must be looked at from every possible angle. This write-up is intended to help you find out exactly what will need to happen if you decide to move forward with a restaurant project or renovation. 

Make Sure to Check MEPs and Costly Variables

MEPs, or mechanical, electrical, and plumbing costs, are a perfect way to set the initial stage for your restaurant building. Take a look at the financial reports for that area vs. your own projected MEP use. If they are not cutting into your budget too much, this is probably a great place to put your restaurant building. Checking MEPs is an easy and great way to gauge if a location is right for you from the get-go. It’s also good to look ahead by reviewing all the different required legal permits required by the city, state, or area well before the construction begins. These can also become unexpected extra costs or construction delays if not carefully examined beforehand. Lastly, make sure to check the price of land in the area. If the average rent price for a similar structure is doable for you, continue to the next step. 

It All Starts with Good Design

Unless you are extremely gifted with a sense of interior design and customer sales research, or if your restaurant is very small and not focused on the internal environment too much, you will likely need to ask your general contractor about hiring a professional designer. A designer is well-versed in the aesthetics of the restaurant and someone who knows how to keep customers streamlined and satisfied. The type of designer will also depend on what stage of the restaurant building process you are in– for example, if you are building completely from scratch, it may be worth bringing in a skilled architect. If you already have space or are just doing renovations, an interior designer should suffice. A contractor will be able to find someone willing to work with your preferred budget. 

Work With Encore Construction

As a premier commercial general contractor, Encore Construction is proud to provide interior and exterior services in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. We have an impeccable track record, an impressive portfolio, and an experienced team that is ready to tackle your next big project. Our results speak for themselves, and we’re proud of the work we continue to produce for our clients.

Our office is located in Annapolis, MD and we are happy to serve Baltimore, Bowie, Columbia, Rockville, Washington DC, Tysons Corner VA, Northern VA, and surrounding areas. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for news and updates! Do you want to discuss your project with a member of our team? Visit our website, and call us at (410) 573-5050. We look forward to hearing from you!

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