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Which Type of Office Space is Right for You?

Finding an office building for your business can be confusing—especially with so many types of floor plans available nowadays. How do you know which kind is right for your needs? Examining the styles and knowing your options is vital in finding a space that will allow your business to thrive.


 Every business has its own unique culture and the style of office space needs to reflect that culture. For instance, creative groups need an environment that fosters a collaborative effort but it may be more appropriate for a large corporation to have more traditional private spaces. 

  • Traditional

 Large companies or businesses that deal with delicate matters need a variety of private spaces. This space, combined with a few common areas, is the calling-card of traditional office space. Law firms, financial or investment companies will find these spaces very useful.

  • Creative

 These spaces typically offer an open and more spacious feel that invites collaboration between co-workers and has less areas for privacy. Some common features might include:

-Fewer private offices

-Larger windows

-Wood, tile or other hard flooring

-Higher ceilings

-Open areas for multiple workstations

  • Contiguous

 Contiguous space allows one company to use an entire floor and occupy multiple office suites or a business that uses multiple suites on multiple floors.

  • Executive

 Executive suites generally have private offices that include a space for a receptionist and most often come with the furnishings included. In most cases, executive suites share common amenities on a floor with other companies.

Deciding on a budget and the desired design and layout are important factors when looking for business space. Having a fundamental understanding of the options available and how the office layout can affect the workflow of your operation can prevent future headaches that will surely arise during the search.

About the Author

Chris Falk SIOR, CCIM

Chris Falk is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)—one of the most comprehensive commercial real estate designations, held by an estimated 6% of commercial brokers nationally. As a commercial real estate broker, Chris has handled over 600 transactions exceeding $475MM. Born and raised in Utah, Chris understands the unique qualities of the region and the great capacity for business opportunities in Northern Utah, including Davis, Weber and Salt Lake Counties. Chris is the premier, go-to agent for businesses and developers interested in this dynamic area.