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How to plan important commercial remodelings?

Remodeling your commercial space, whether it’s retail, a business, a school, or anything else that sees a lot of business or public activity, is a huge undertaking. Unlike a home remodel, a commercial remodel will affect a large number of individuals, from customers to employees. As a result, it’s critical that business remodeling projects are finished quickly and effectively. This article guides you through the ins and outs of commercial remodeling.

What is commercial remodeling?

Commercial remodeling, also known as commercial renovation, is a project that consists in changing an existing space by incorporating a new design in order to create an updated structure. 

If a company doesn’t have the space to expand, it may opt for a makeover to make the most of its space. This is a profitable move for businesses that need to expand but lack the financial resources to invest in a new location and facility.

What Are the Different Stages of a Commercial Remodeling Project?

A business remodel, like a new construction, includes multiple stages. In most commercial remodel projects, the following steps are followed:

  • Design and planning
  • Bidding and pricing
  • Material engineering and procurement
  • Repair and re-design of structural elements
  • Rebuilding
  • Debris removal and cleanup

Why should businesses consider commercial renovation? 

Improve traffic 

Stakeholders and the surrounding community will naturally be drawn to a business that is being renovated. A remodeled building may accommodate any advertising and public relations efforts. You’re not only increasing people’s awareness of your new building, you’re also generating interest in your company among future and current consumers or clients.


Remodeling your business is an excellent approach to update your brand image without spending a lot of money. Rebranding is a way of expressing your company’s mission and values. Rebranding may be necessary in different circumstances that your company may face, including a merger, significant expansion, obsolete branding, a change in company strategy, competitive differentiation, and technological advancements.

Improve productivity 

One of the most important advantages of an office renovation is that it can motivate your employees to work harder. Giving staff great pay packets to enhance their productivity isn’t the only way to grow your firm. Providing them with a one-of-a-kind working atmosphere encourages creativity and efficiency. You want to establish the greatest workplace possible for numerous teams to collaborate and increase teamwork skills in a comfortable environment.

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How much does commercial remodeling cost?

Commercial remodeling entails a slew of expenses. The cost is influenced by the type of remodel, the extent of the project, and the contractor performing the job. Here are some of the most common costs related to commercial remodeling:

  • Equipment
  • Furnishings
  • Labor
  • Elements of mechanical design

There are, however, some other factors that impact the remodeling cost:


The longer it takes to complete a project, the more expensive it will be. As a commercial property owner, you may place a premium on a quick turnaround, especially if operations must be halted during the renovation. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that this could increase the price.


Commercial remodeling contractors, employees, and everyone else participating in the project must travel considerable distances to work and transport materials in remote regions. The more difficult or remote a location is to reach, the costlier the makeover will be.


The more complex a commercial project is, the more expensive it will be. A simple redesign to improve the aesthetic aspect of a commercial facility is likely to cost far less than a job that includes plumbing, electrical, and other system upgrades.

So, how much?

Estimating the cost of a business makeover is difficult due to the many factors that come into play. However, a typical business remodeling costs between $60 and $150 per square foot

Commercial building renovation construction process

Here’s what to expect if you’re thinking about revamping your commercial location:

  • Identify the Problem

When you detect a need for repair, renovation, or remodeling, your commercial construction process will begin. This could happen if you discover water damage for the first time, see an increase in repair costs, or if your employees complain about the outdated office space.

The majority of business owners begin by contacting a contractor or an architect. A contractor is a better starting point if no property redesign is required. A contractor provides all necessary services in one package. Some designers and contractors are referred to as design-build contractors because they offer in-house design services

  • Sign a Contract

Commercial construction projects in Canada begin with a contract. The following should be included in a conventional contract:

  • Address of the jobsite
  • Name and contact details of the contractor
  • Name and contact details of the client
  • Expenses itemized list
  • Information about order changes
  • Dates of start and finish
  • Who is in charge of obtaining the permit, and what information is available concerning project permitting

Have your lawyer look over the contract and read it yourself to make sure you understand the terms. Work on the job should not commence until all parties have signed.

  • Begin Work

Know who is on site the day the contractor arrives, whom to contact for updates and inquiries, and what hours the workers will be present. The amount of noise may vary. Construction activity is subject to severe noise laws in certain cities. To avoid fines, work with a contractor who is familiar with these rules if you’re inside the city borders.

  • Finish Work

After the work is completed, the contractor will normally conduct a final walk-through to review everything. This is your chance to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. If you wait to raise inquiries or point out concerns, you may have problems later, so speak up if you notice something that needs to be handled.

How do you remodel a business the right way? 

Examples of commercial remodeling projects

To know how far you can push your architectural imagination, it is useful to see what projects have already been achieved.

Bicycles Quilicot

This project features the redevelopment of a two-story structure to provide a modern environment in the company’s image in order to launch them into the market and elevate the client experience. The difficulty of this project was to complete a large project (10,000 ft2) while staying within the specified budget ($110/ft2).


GSOFT, a software engineering firm based in Quebec, needed to extend their headquarters to accommodate their expansion. Nordelec today has two floors occupied by the company. Many aspects, such as little house-style conference rooms and a coffee corner, had to be custom-designed which led to this 15,000ft2 project being valued at over a million dollars. Meeting the deadline was a huge task, but the team at Spacia pulled it off in a record-breaking three months.

C3 Solutions

The C3 Solutions office building, which is housed in a former Northern Electric factory, gave the ideal elements for creating a modern and dynamic workplace in their image. The layout was created to meet the client’s requirements, which included enhancing corporate culture and facilitating staff communication.

The client’s special needs in home automation, IT, and electrical presented SPACIA with a significant task, which the team met by producing a professional and functional environment with elegance. The conference rooms now have Artofix acoustic panels to suit sound requirements while staying attractive. Finally, the space was tweaked to make it more efficient.

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Commercial remodeling services 

All of the above remodeling projects were completed by Spacia. In the commercial construction industry, Spacia provides turnkey construction project management, architecture, and interior design services. We develop and bring to life new, daring, and functional concepts in collaboration with you.

Here are the services we can offer you and your business:


For your commercial architecture projects, SPACIA provides planning, design development, project management, interior design, office layout, and construction administration services. If you are interested in commercial construction services, feel free to contact us for an estimate.

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