Corporate Real Estate Planning In A Post-Pandemic World

CEO, Americas at The Instant Group overseeing the company’s expansion and operations throughout the Americas.

Companies are now well into their fourth quarter of remote work, and one analysis of 10 major cities shows that just 25{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of workers are back in office buildings. Gone are the days when company culture resides in the conference room, meeting room or common area. Today, office space can be anywhere — the bedroom, home office, flex space or coworking spot.

While some companies like Twitter and Square have committed to remote work for the long haul, many others are in a place to rethink office space planning and their commercial real estate needs. What is the office layout of the future? When corporations are space planning their next two, five or 10 years, what square footage will they need? How will companies strategize utilization for commercial space?

At Instant, long before the Covid-19 pandemic, we advised businesses on effective corporate office space strategies, helping them to secure space at speed and delivering and managing turnkey, custom workspaces. With the pandemic came a fundamental change in how and where we work, and it is expected that the changes will be for the long

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She does the design; he handles space planning as Uptown couple manages their own major renovation | Home/Garden

When Margaret and Reese Williamson bought their Uptown camelback shotgun in 2016, they knew it was a fixer-upper. The couple, a florist and a tax attorney, respectively, appreciated the price tag and creative control the project afforded them.

They flipped the home’s floor plan, moving the kitchen from the rear to the front of the house and removing walls and a crumbling brick chimney to create an open living area. Soaked in natural light that bounces from floor-to-ceiling windows to a crystal glassware-topped bar cart, the space feels party-ready yet serene. In the rear of the house, by the stairs, a navy-hued den serves as a cozy retreat and place to watch movies.

The end result is exactly what the couple envisioned, but they weren’t prepared for how extensive the renovations would be. The century-old, multigenerational home had been subject to DIY additions and repairs over the years that weren’t up to code, including a hallway less than 2 feet wide.

Williamson Residence 2 January 8,2021

The long front of the house is broke up into sections.

“The plumbing was bad, the foundation was bad, the siding was bad. The stairs were only 5 inches wide, so you had to step on

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1201 Kitchen in downtown Erie closing in April; owner Dan Kern planning a new restaurant

a man sitting at a table with a plate of food: Dan Kern, owner and executive chef at 1201 Kitchen, is shown at the restaurant on May 23, 2019.

Dan Kern, owner and executive chef at 1201 Kitchen, is shown at the restaurant on May 23, 2019.

1201 Kitchen, 1201 State St., will close its doors April 15. But it’s not going out of business. Owner and chef Dan Kern just has more ideas up his sleeve. 

“As we near our 14th year of business I am constantly reminded of and guided by our restaurant’s mantra, ‘keep changing to remain unchanged.'” he wrote in a Facebook post published Friday. “I believe that as a restaurant we should always be looking to grow and improve, to push forward into new challenges with open arms and a fearless nature.”

He’s certainly fearless. He’s not just closing 1201 Kitchen, but building a new operation with a new focus, style, flavor and approach. 

“With this frame of mind,” he said in the post, “I began looking at what the next chapter holds for our restaurant and two years ago we put plans into motion to create something NEW,” he said. “Not a small tweak, menu addition or some new paint. Not 1201 part two but something different and BETTER entirely. A place to do what we

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Washington Homeowners: Planning The Perfect Kitchen

Giving your kitchen a fresh new look doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here’s how Washington state homeowners can build the perfect kitchen.

Today’s kitchen isn’t just a space in your home where you cook. It’s also where your family and friends gather to socialize and spend quality time together. A redesign and upgrade can both modernize your kitchen and make it more enjoyable to spend time in. It can also increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling in the coming months.

Whether you’re just making a few changes or want a complete makeover, here are 7 ideas to help you create your ideal kitchen.

1. Custom cabinets

If your cabinets are old and outdated, installing custom cabinets can give your kitchen a fresh new look that matches the rest of your home décor. Custom cabinetry also lets you make the most of your kitchen space by fitting into corners and between windows.

2. Countertops

New countertops are another way to spruce up the kitchen. Trending right now are quartz and stone, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. To add even more character, install ceramic tile for an eye-catching backsplash.


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Lorain Building, Housing, Planning change could bring home improvement money | Lorain County

Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning could add staff in a move to spend federal money designated to improve houses in the city.

The Building, Housing and Planning Department will reorganize in an effort to resolve longstanding issues with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That is the federal agency that oversees the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which can pay for home improvements for low- to moderate-income residents.

The HOME program has been on hold in Lorain since 2016, said Max Upton, director of building, housing and planning for the city.

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Max Upton, Lorain director of building, housing and planning, standing at left, speaks to Lorain City Councilwomen, seated from left, Beth Henley, Pamela Carter and Mary Springowski during a public hearing on Nov. 2, 2020. Upton has notified the Lorain Civil Service Commission about a plan to restructure the department, adding jobs and allowing the city to spend federal money on home improvements. 

The city gets up to $500,000 a year in HOME funding, Upton said.

Every year that ticks by, Lorain is losing out on money that could be going to help people, he said.

“The whole

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Gardening with Micki: Planning more container gardening | Lifestyles

Walking my garden areas at the end of the 2020 fall season, I quickly realized how overgrown my three back garden areas had become. While I was too busy with writing projects, the garden was having a field day growing and multiplying its offspring. 

Ouch! On that late fall walking tour of the garden, I saw plants and new vegetation I never would have planted. I also realized just how busy the garden had become in my absence from trips to visit garden centers across Oklahoma. It appears my garden had a field day. The message is “Don’t go away and leave your garden unattended.”

The enormous hydrangea is now competing for sun, shade and water with the Chinese Pistache, and the tall, seedless Cottonwood tree that seems to touch the sky. Those plants were among my original anchor pieces for the garden, thanks to a suggestion from a landscape architect friend.

So now, I’m in a “paring down” mode for my garden. Everything seems to be overgrown and I’m looking for a simplistic pattern that is still pleasing to the eye. The cherry laurel tree, the garden’s anchor centerpiece, shows off its Christmas ornaments, year-round. But the versatile Holly,

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Start planning now for your summer garden

Along with federal income tax forms, seed catalogs arrive in some of the first mail of the new year. And 2021 might be a year when gardeners will want to consider ordering their seeds as soon as possible to avoid potential shortages.

a man sitting in front of a window: Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

In 2020, consumers saw spikes and shortages throughout many sectors of the economy, including home gardening. Interest in all types of home gardening skyrocketed last year, with sales of seeds and other gardening supplies hitting record highs.

Those items sold out quickly in some areas. Gardeners often found it difficult to locate certain seeds, particularly at retail outlets.

a close up of a pepper: Columbus-based Livingston Seed is prepared for a surge in demand in 2021.

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Columbus-based Livingston Seed is prepared for a surge in demand in 2021.

Seed companies have increased production capacity to meet an expected increase in demand for 2021. 

Columbus-based Livingston Seed saw an unprecedented spike in packet sales in 2020, and it is poised to respond to increased demand in 2021, said David Sborden, vice president for sales.

Jamie Mattikow, CEO and president of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., one of the largest suppliers of vegetable seeds for home gardeners in the United

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