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Top 8 Design Choices for Retail Spaces

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Are you looking to open up your own commercial retail space but aren’t sure how to go about it? Do you need help figuring out the most efficient design plan that will help sell merchandise? Then this is the guide for you, as we’ll go through the top seven design choices that should go into every retail space.

Natural Checkout Placement

Once a customer has made the decision to purchase something from your store, you’ll want to create easy access to the checkout area. More often than not, if it’s too complicated or confusing to get to the checkout area, customers will leave the product behind. For smaller stores, make sure employees at the checkout counter can see the entire store. It’s best to have it up against a well-decorated wall, with products set up to encourage impulse buying.

It Should be Comfortable

You never want customers to feel uncomfortable in your store or business, so it’s important to implement certain features that create a relaxed environment. For example, when placing tables or shelves together to create an aisle, make sure there’s enough room for two people to pass one another without touching. Studies have shown that the possibility of brushing up against a stranger makes customers less likely to go down that aisle. Be sure to avoid placing things too closely together when designing a retail space.

Use Mirrors

Do you have a small retail space? The best way to make it seem bigger while also showcasing your products from even more angles is to integrate mirrors throughout. Doing this creates the illusion of more space. Place them against the walls to make the store feel wider or longer, or have a mirrored ceiling to create the appearance of a taller environment.

Play with Lighting

Having the proper lighting will greatly influence the atmosphere you’re trying to create in this retail space. Dim lighting can create a soothing experience for customers while showcasing specific products or service areas. Use spotlights to create focal points and draw attention. Natural lighting can also draw the eye, so if your commercial space has well-placed windows, utilize them to brighten up the room.

Overall? Keep it Simple

It’s easy to go overboard when you’re trying to design a retail space that speaks to a variety of people. Instead of creating a complicated space that decked out in over the top decor and overly confusing for customers, focus on the smaller aspects. Make sure products are spaced out in a way that’s easily sorted through without being overwhelmed.

At Impact Demolition and Contracting, our clients are more like partners when you work with us. Located in Edmonton, Alberta since 2007, we specialize in restaurant and bar renovations, commercial construction, medical facilities and more. Be sure to contact us for more information.

Energy-Efficient Windows – Say Yes To Window Renovation

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Updating your windows may seem like an unnecessary home reno, especially if yours appears to be in okay condition. But, upgrading to energy-efficient windows could save you more money in the long-run than your current windows can. There are also measures you can take to improve your current windows without replacing the entire unit. Here are a few options available to you:

Improve existing windows

  • If you cannot take on the cost of replacing all of your windows or if your windows are relatively new, consider updating a portion of them and reap the energy savings.

  • Caulk windows to seal them better. A professional can quickly re-caulk your windows, or you can do it yourself as well. You simply need a caulking gun and the cartridges.

  • Add weather stripping to the perimeter of your windows so that cold air stays out and warm air stays in. This material can be found at a hardware store and varies in price from $6 to $50 depending on the brand and length you choose.

  • Replacing single-pane glass with double-pane glass is another way to add insulation to your windows. A typical double-pane glass window will cost around $200, and a triple pane window will cost even more. The difference in added energy-efficiency between a single and double pane window is vast, while the difference between a double and triple pane is marginal.

  • Window treatments can add charm to your home and also provide shade during hotter months and insulation during colder months. Drapes, curtains, and blinds are also a great way to customize your home.

Replace old windows with energy-efficient windows

  • It is time for a full upgrade when your windows start to deteriorate and look dated. Cheap windows may seem appealing because of the lower initial price tag, but they can cost you more in the long-run. Energy-saving windows are worth the investment because of the hundreds you will save on your cooling and heating costs.

  • Check the Energy Star certification on your window choices to be sure they are adequate for your home's climate so that you are getting the most out of your investment.

  • New windows mean you can change the style of window you have as well. Consider awning, tilt-and-turn, casement, etc. Sliding windows do not shut as tightly when weather stripping is used, which can lead to energy loss.

  • Consider using aluminum, vinyl, or fibreglass instead of wood for your windows frames. Wood is susceptive to moisture damage and requires more maintenance than other materials.

  • Low-E coating is an excellent way to prevent heat loss while still letting in natural light. Using argon gas between two panes on a double pane window can reduce its U-value (heat transmission) and insulate your home better.

The cost of energy-efficient windows will vary depending on the glass, material, glazing, etc. It can be expensive to install energy-efficient windows, but it also saves you money on your energy bills. You can expect to save 8% when you use Energy Star certified windows. It can also add thousands of dollars to the value of your property.

Instead of thinking of a window renovation as a costly expense, consider it a valuable long-term investment. Call the professionals at Impact Contracting, and we will make sure your investment is installed correctly.


Tips to help plan a home renovation

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It is both an exciting and daunting endeavour to take on a home renovation project, which is why careful budgeting and research is so important before beginning. It is important to keep a few things in mind so that a bit of tweaking does not turn into an unmanageable project.

Don’t underestimate the price tag

Data collected from TrustedPros.ca about more than two million users’ search behaviour and project posts shows that homeowners consistently set unrealistically low budgets for common renovation projects. People see a price range and assume their project can be done on the lower end without consideration for labour costs, size of space, and high-end materials.

Don’t go overboard

A little goes a long way. Many homeowners assume they need to spend the big bucks on upscale finishes to add value to their home. But, home renovations rarely offer a dollar for dollar return. Usually, the best returns are made on the least expensive updates like replacing your garage or front door. Be honest with yourself and don’t think of a reno as investing money when, really, it is spending money.

Be realistic

There are a few things you can do to make sure your vision matches your budget:

  • Get multiple quotes

Interview multiple contractors before choosing one. Ensure you are both on the same page about costs and expectations.

  • Stop comparing your home to the ones on HGTV

The magic of TV has led many of us to believe that projects can be done well in just two weeks. In reality, these shows are better suited as sources of inspiration rather than a blueprint of how renovations will be.

  • Answer questions honestly

Are you handy? If so, you could cut costs by doing some work yourself. But, be honest with yourself. Make sure you really have the skill and time to take on major projects.

  • Always add more

No matter how well you do your research, there are always extra costs. Most contractors suggest a contingency fund between 10 - 20% just in case.

Financial options

Like any type of spending, paying for a renovation should ideally be done with savings as you are more likely to stay on budget and avoid debt. Although, there are other options for people who don’t have all the money saved up:

  • Use rebates

Consider making upgrades with energy efficiency in mind - it is great for the environment and your wallet. You will first need to have an energy audit done, which can cost between $200-1000 depending on your city and home. Once you complete the improvements though, you could get as much as $10,000 back.

  • Use a home line of credit

The advantage of this type of loan over a standard one is that it is backed by an asset. This allows the lender to offer it with a lower interest, usually prime + or - 1%.

  • Don’t rely on credit

If you must, you could refinance your mortgage to pay for the renovation. It is not the best option, but it is certainly better than relying on credit cards. They come with much higher interest rates, meaning you pay an outrageous premium.

Be patient

Putting a project on hold gives you more time to save money giving you more options for your home renovation. It also means not going into debt for something that may likely not give you a return on the dollars you spend. A hasty, under-funded reno could devalue your home and add little benefit to your home life.

Since 2007, Impact Contracting has been providing a full suite of general contracting services in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. Specializing in commercial and industrial interiors, we take a modern approach to our work, which includes renovations, restorations, conversions and additions. We are located in Edmonton, Alberta. You can also call us for more information.

5 Common Home Renovation Blunders

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Whether you just bought a home or been living in your property for a while, there are a few renovation blunders that homeowners make that you shouldn’t follow. For instance, don’t start renovations as soon as you enter a new home. Living in it for a while gives you a better idea of what to focus on. Get familiar with the neighborhood and furniture stores. Get familiar with your home too. You may want to look at other areas to renovate. If you wait a while, you can make an informed choice with a better idea where to buy your upgrades from. You may also want to consult a professional for a superior finish than attempting to do everything yourself in haste.

Here are a few more common mistakes that you may want to keep in mind so you can avoid them.

5 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

  • Ignoring the Kitchen and Bathroom: It’s a common mistake to pay attention to living room upgrades and overlook the most used areas in the house - the kitchen and the bathrooms. It helps to remember that an updated kitchen and bathrooms add considerably to your home’s resale value. Don’t miss out these spaces.

  • Spending Excessively on Unnecessary Areas: Kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures are better when upgraded. If you invest in the latest eco-friendly versions, you may cut costs and have more functional appliances. However, avoid spending more than you should on areas where you don’t need too. Don’t overspend on expensive bathroom tiles for instance and cut costs on floors by installing laminate instead of hardwood.

  • Avoid a Complete Overhaul: Keep home renovation simple. Replace an outdated vanity with a new one instead of going for a complete bathroom overhaul. Don’t replace the tiles just yet if they are in good condition. That will save you time, effort and costs.

  • Don’t Overlook Curb Appeal: While interiors matter, the exterior of your home is just as important. You don’t want guests walking into an unkempt front yard. It ruins the first impression of your home and invites unwanted pests and rodents to find their way in. Make sure your home is well landscaped to keep it beautiful, neat and clean inside out.

  • Don’t Lose the Character of Your Home: This is extremely important. It may be convenient to replace old fixtures with modern ones but you may lose the character of your home. If you are unsure of how to blend styles while upgrading, simply call a home renovation experts for ideas and inputs. Professionals will streamline the project to create the best version of your vision. They are connected with qualified vendors who can offer a better deal on fixtures and furniture to fit it all within your budget.

Impact Demolition and Contracting, Edmonton

Since 2007, Impact Demolition and Contracting has been providing a full suite of general contracting services in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. If you are thinking of renovations, restorations, innovations or additions, we are happy to work with you to build your dream interior on time and budget. Give us a call for a professional eye and hand.