What Is A Fitout And How Does The Construction Process Work Lisa November 1, 2020

What Is A Fitout And How Does The Construction Process Work


So what is a fitout exactly? In simple terms, it’s the art of turning an interior shell into a space that meets your commercial needs or requirements. 

A commercial fitout usually incorporates the renovation of a building’s interior, and can include anything and everything from an office space, retail entity or a hospitality style business. The end game is to ensure that the space is functioning at its very best in terms of being able to meet the needs of your brand or business, and in turn should be carefully planned accordingly. 

When executed well, a commercial fitout helps to catapult your business to the next level, reflect the tone and vibe of your brand, help to streamline efficiency, and truly impress your clients and customer base. To ensure that you get a high-quality end result, use a commercial fitout company that can demonstrate strong technical skills in everything from construction to interior design to bring the project to life. So exactly what is a fitout, and what’s the process? 

What Is A Fitout And How Does It Work For Commercial Spaces 

The ultimate end goal of fitout is to ensure that the renovation is achieved in the shortest amount of time, without compromising on quality. The term generally includes the process of providing necessary equipment for the buildings like interiors, decorations, and fittings.

In most scenarios, the occupant will be leasing commercial space as a tenant from a developer or landlord. While the outside of the building looks complete and (ideally) structurally sound, the interior is often a blank canvas waiting to be transformed. As the base construction is mostly completed by the developer already, it’s generally up to the tenant to select a fitout contractor to get the space exactly how they want it. 

Before the tenant commits to an interior overhaul, the shell of a space should usually include:

  • Base flooring
  • Standard white walls
  • Standard ceilings
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning 
  • Plumbing
  • Restrooms 
  • Elevator and stairs for evacuation (if applicable)
  • Adaptations to local building codes 

After the basics are taken care of, it’s at this time that the tenant usually brings in their own interior fitout contractor to nail down the specifics on how they want their brand or business to occupy the space, such as exact locations for windows and doors. After this stage, things get personal – think wall colours, shelving, and final fixtures, and are usually referred to as “tenant improvements”, or the final touches required before the tenant can actually move in and be “open for business”. 

How To Source A Reputable Fitout Contractor 

Sourcing a reputable builder to complete a commercial or hospitality fitout can be a nightmare. Thankfully, Brisbane based Kibo Constructions offer a solution. 

No doubt, you’ve most likely consulted many operators on the quest for the commercial fitout of your dreams. Sure, they can talk the talk – but can they walk the walk? Our experience and testimonials speak for themselves. While we also offer ongoing maintenance packages, some of our recently completed projects include:

In operation for over ten years, at Kibo Constructions we believe that quality, reliable workmanship with an honest approach shouldn’t be the exception to the rule. By working closely with our clients, we ensure that the entire process is both a transparent and enjoyable experience from start to finish – undertaking a construction project shouldn’t be painful. 

If you know that there’s an upcoming project coming up for you, your brand or your business, we would love the opportunity to provide a quote – you might be pleasantly surprised at the result. As we specialise in commercial and hospitality fitout options in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, please get in touch to discuss how we can bring your vision to life.

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