On the way of development of every company, smaller or larger, there comes a time when office - no matter how small, it becomes indispensable. At such a moment the question arises: what would it look like? Of course, there is no one right answer. The optimal choice is influenced by various variables, such as the number of people to work in this office, tasks to be performed in this space, the nature of the company's operations and many, many others, including the budget. Whether container office space will be the best solution for any company? Probably not, but for the vast majority of them it will be perfect.
A container is a good starting office
Due to its advantages, such as ease of erection, short lead time and relatively low cost, containers office are an excellent choice as the first office of a growing company. There are objects in the market in various sizes, starting with options mini with a usable area of only 6m2. This is a great initial step in building a place where employees can work comfortably or meet clients.
Importantly, along with the dynamic development of the company, the office can also easily expand. Office containers because they have a modular structure, which makes it possible to add further objects to the existing structure. It is a convenient and optimal solution - it gives you the opportunity to increase the usable area at any time, without the need to move or costly renovation. Interestingly, the office can be expanded not only "width", but also upwards. Good quality construction containers allows them to be stacked.
How to choose an office container?
The first stage in choosing the optimal facility for the company is to determine the actual demand for usable space. It will depend on the number and size of workstations to be placed in the office, as well as on what additional functions the new space is to perform. If it is to act as a convenient place for business meetings, you need to provide an appropriate space for a conference room with a table and social facilities. However, when a company needs premises to store a large amount of documentation, additional meters will be needed for the archive.
The next step is to choose the best quality product. It is worth analyzing the manufacturers' offers and checking how the given product is made office container. Its construction must be solid, especially if it is to give the possibility of expanding the office in the future: not every container has the option of stacking. A high-quality frame should be made of cold-formed sections with a thickness of 4 mm. To make the whole container finally it was really strong, the columns bolted to the upper and lower frames also have to be made of durable sections, preferably cold-bent.
The office, regardless of whether it is located in a private home, large office building or in a container, is always the company's showcase. Therefore, when buying an object, it is worth paying attention to the quality of the finish, both inside and outside, and the scope of available personalization, e.g. the possibility of painting the object in the selected color.
The workplace must meet health and safety standards
When choosing a container for an office, one must not forget about the regulations governing this area of business activity. As specified in the Regulation of the Minister of Labor and Social Policy on general health and safety at work in par. 15 Work rooms and their equipment should provide employees with safe and hygienic working conditions. In particular, in work rooms, natural and artificial lighting, appropriate temperature, air exchange and protection against moisture, unfavorable thermal conditions and sunlight, vibrations and other factors harmful to health and nuisance should be provided.
What does this mean in practice? That, like any other office space, the container must guarantee good conditions for people staying in it. The regulations specify the requirements for the workplace, and a properly selected container will meet them without any problems.
Office container lighting
For comfortable working in the office, natural light must be provided. This task is performed by windows of appropriate size. It is worth choosing a container equipped with modern, sealed PVC joinery to meet the next regulatory requirement, i.e. ensuring the right temperature. However, when choosing artificial lighting sources, it is best to buy an object with LED lamps. There are colors of light that are close to natural, which is better for the eyes, especially when working at the computer. In addition, they consume minimal amounts of electricity.
Adequate temperature, air exchange and protection against moisture
These three factors are interrelated, because they result from proper construction and insulation office container. Solutions intended for office buildings are built analogously to transport containers. Each office must be year-round, and thus well insulated. Reliable manufacturers use mineral wool in combination with a vapor barrier foil for this purpose. In order for the insulation to play its role effectively, the wool should be about 100 mm thick. In addition, another insulating layer is a laminated board fixed from the inside of the container. It is most often in white, which brightens the interior and gives freedom to arrange the office space.
An important element of the building is the roof, which must also be insulated. As in the case of walls, mineral wool with foil is used. Good-quality insulation is of great importance: it is important not only that it is warm in winter, but also that the room is not too hot in summer.
Social and sanitary facilities are obligatory in every office
In addition to a well-designed electrical installation (including the aforementioned lighting), social and sanitary facilities, i.e. the kitchen and bathroom zone, are important for the comfort of people's work. Depending on the function performed by the office, these areas in individual containers can be designed differently.
If the office is only a place of work and there are no visits from outside, an electric kettle and a microwave oven are enough for the kitchen. Kitchen facilities must be prepared differently in the case of offices, whose main function is the representative role and receiving customers. In such a situation, the space should also be planned for a coffee machine, more tableware cabinets and a refrigerator.
The design of the bathroom zone also depends on the purpose of the office. In a tiny office for a few people who work seated, a toilet with a washbasin is enough, while in a container that is an office for a team on a construction site of a large housing estate, it is worth considering additionally a shower.
Office containers are only advantages
Regardless of the size of the office, type of activity or purpose, office containers have virtually the same advantages. What is especially worth emphasizing?
- lead time - quick assembly
- low costs: both for purchase and placing, and for operation
- modular structure allowing for the expansion of the office along with the development of the company
- various possibilities of interior configuration
- quick disassembly or transfer to another place
When looking for an office for your company, it is worth considering the purchase of a container. When we choose a product from a reputable, proven manufacturer, it will serve for many years, and the costs will be significantly lower than any other solution.
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