April 14, 2021

Office Fitouts vs. Office Refurbishments

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What is an Office Fitout?

An office fitout is a term used to describe any renovation works that are related to ensuring an office interior space is fit for purpose. It is essentially the preparation stage of the project, ensuring it’s made into somewhere that is safe for you and your employees to work within. Fitouts are generally a blank canvas to work with that eventually become a functioning and renovated workspace. Fitouts aren’t just limited to offices but can be shop fitouts, warehouse fitouts, medical fitouts, bar fitouts, restaurant fitouts and more. You may also need an office fitout service if you relocate your office and need an entirely new fully functioning space.

Fitouts at a basic level consist of 3 stages:

  • The basic structure of the building has already been put together, the shell of the space is set up and ready for adding partitions, mechanical and electrical works.
  • Adding mechanical and electrical work, raising access flooring, suspended ceilings, toilets, fire detection systems and aircon units, ect.
  • Finally, the decorative elements are added such as furniture, interior design techniques and other furnishings.

At Canopy Fitouts we have a 4-step process to our service offering that comprises of the Design Phase, Proposal, Site Commencement and Construction that all revolves around bringing your fitout to life.

It’s all about the process!

Design Phase

Our Consultant and Designer meet with you to discuss your business fitout needs and get a clear perspective on your vision. We will discuss your requirements and what challenges you are currently facing with your workspace; whether it’s a size issue, a functionality improvement or simply a workspace update, we will work with you to find the most suitable commercial fitout solution for your requirements and budget.


We prepare proposals based on the brief from the initial meeting where we go through and plan the look and feel of the proposed business fitout project. This is where we get feedback from you so we can proceed to the next step. We offer cost effective solutions for an affordable fitout, so your budget is always top of mind.

Site Commencement

All costs are agreed upon during this stage and the outline of the project and timelines are discussed. We organise all relevant permits to be approved and issue you with a final Construction Set, Fixtures and Finishes Schedule and a Project Schedule.


We carefully source and recruit the right contractors for each fitout construction job. We work with our team of Designers and suppliers to ensure consistency across the look and feel of the project, and conduct weekly site visits with you so you can check in on the fitout and how it is coming together.

At completion, we conduct a handover to you after ensuring you’ve had a thorough walk through of the new space and make sure you are happy with your completed project. We continue to work with you to take care of any additional needs and ensure they are resolved in readiness for your relocation.

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What is an Office Refurbishment?

An office refurbishment is often needed when the space is already in use and the space just needs to be redesigned with a new and improved look and feel. The needs of the business may have changed, and the business may be growing and in need of optimizing their layout to maximise efficiency and comfortability for all employees within the business.

Office refurbishments can involve office additions such as upgraded furniture, re-decorating such as adding new furnishings, fresh new paint, new fixtures added or removed, ect. Refurbishments don’t need to be costly and different styles of working can be adopted to optimize the space to move around existing workstations or furnishings and adding new interior design suggestions that stay within a cheaper budget.

Refurbishments often refer to stripping back and changing up the office space that has already been fitted out in the past. It doesn’t involve preparing the basic structure of the building as it has already been done during the fitout phase.

At Canopy Fitouts we also conduct refurbishments of just upgrading your existing space and re-designing it by our in-house designers in a way that optimizes your space for success.

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In Need of a Fitout or Refurbishment?

Are you in need of a fitout or refurbishment for your business? Give us a call on 1800 434 868 or email us at info@canopyfitouts.com.au for your free consultation!

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