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7 Expert Tips to Maximize Your Retail Space

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by cad
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Retail creativity and innovation are something that should not be underestimated. The power of the design and layout of your shop floor is what initially draws those customers in. By maximizing the most of your retail space without overcrowding the shop floor will allow you to have a unique edge over the competitors around you. You want to be remembered for your individuality and flare in your store’s layout. Not just the products you are selling and on display. By organizing your store to allow customers having the space to roam around freely can be a vital key to generating more consumers through your door. It will greatly increase your store footfall. We are going to discuss the seven expert tips to help you maximize your retail space to your advantage.

1. Shelving: Create Vertical Displays

By implementing shelving, you can place your items on different levels to create a different look. It enables you to display your items without creating too much clutter, which saves you effective retail space. Using vertical displays can present a right and pleasing aesthetic experience for your customers.

2. Corner Shelving

Being creative with corner shelving provides additional space to your retail environment. Thought-provoking and awesome corner shelve designs will bring much delightful welcome surprise to your customers.

3. End Caps

A useful and simple tool, but excellent for space management. End caps provide you with extra storage space, and it is an effective way for you to display new items.

4. Optimize your store Layout

Choosing a layout that is right for your retail space is one of the key elements in creating an effective, yet spacious design. You do not want to overcrowd or clutter the shop floor to the point that your customers cannot walk around comfortably.

5. Let there be light!

By using a combination of lamps, picture lights, or traditional overhead lighting are all important factors in ensuring you in creating a larger space. Not only can lighting make a room feel welcoming, but it can open up the smallest of spaces, as well as adding to the variety and flair of the room.

6. Minimize the use of Counters

Minimizing the use of counters can actually give your customers a sense of a bustling shop. However, restrict the use only at checkout.

7. Use your walls

Walls are really useful in creating chic layouts, as well as giving the illusion of a larger space. You can use walls in one of two ways. The first being, using it to add shelving, or glass displays again minimizing clutter but giving an individual appeal. The second is painting one wall a different color, this technique creates an illusion that space is larger than it is through the contrasting color.

Important Things to Consider for your office renovation

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 by cad
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Forget whatever it is you’ve learned in the past – first impressions matters – your workplace environment is a reflection of your business.

Your office ambiance – the lighting, the furniture, the paintings, the little details and everything – all play significant roles in how your brand is perceived by prospective clients when they step into your work environment. It impacts your staff’s productivity, and might even determine whether that top talent decides to work with your organization or not.

Yes, it’s that crucial to have a well put-together office space that induces a sense of professionalism.

Now you know how essential a conducive workplace environment is; you might want to know the key factors to consider when planning an office renovation project.

Whether it’s for a minor furniture upgrade or a significant redesign, there are certain things you need to put into consideration for seamless project execution.

What’s the purpose of the renovation?

For us at CAD Associates, before taking on a new design project one of the first questions we ask our clients is what goals they aim to achieve with the refurbished workspace.

Are they looking to update their mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations?

Are they planning to get in new staff? Enhance the aesthetics of the workplace?

These questions enable us to get the overall idea of what needs to be done before planning out the project.

To the client, defining in clear terms what they want to achieve with the office renovation helps them map out all the requirements for the project while also making the planning pretty straightforward.

Determine the new office layout

Different office layout lends themselves to different impacts. For instance, a minimalist, clean and sleek work environment stimulates focus and productivity while an open-floor vibrant design can promote office relationships and encourage a positive office culture.

Since an office layout can impact productivity and employee attitudes, it’s essential to determine beforehand the type of floor-plan to implement during the refurbishing process.

Get your staff buy-in

Renovating your workplace certainly entails some level of discomfort for your employees; hence it’s vital for the success of the project and also the productivity of your team while the work is ongoing to get their input.

Also, you would need to decide whether to keep your team onsite during the construction work or have them work remotely.

Remember that the potential noise level and dust could be quite disruptive and could harm your team’s morale while the project lasts.

Engage the right contractor

No matter how solid your plans are, if your design contractors aren’t up to scratch, it can lead to costly delays in both money and time.

Hence, it’s crucial you look out for teams with the required experience and expertise to execute your ideas.

Ask for their past portfolio and past projects, have they handled a similar project like yours in the past?

Follow that up with by reaching out to their past clients to get an idea of their processes, if that’s burdensome, you can search online to read up on their reviews.

So there you have it, these are the four critical factors to consider before you start your office renovation.

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Renovation Process Checklist

Posted on: January 25th, 2016 by cad
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What is a renovation process like? How do you make sure it will be breeze and not a nightmare? Take a look at the steps below and let them guide you through before the actual works starts.

1) Determine Your Key Objective for Renovation

List your key objectives for this renovation down so it is crystal clear. Is it to make space for additional storage? A new addition to the family or a new section for a newly set- up department? Or just to give the living or working space a more updated look?

2) Any Design Preferred or In Mind?

It is recommended to have some pictures that you would like to emulate, to your interior designer, so as to avoid any form of miscommunications and cut wasted time. Your concept of futuristic design or even a certain colour maybe completely different from the designers. Being specific and having some reference from the beginning stage, is key to avoid any confusion that may arise.

3) Have a Renovation Budget Ready

Compare with various banks to get the best rates for your renovation instead of just sticking to the first one you come across. Draw up a realistic budget, so as not to over spend.
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Tips to decorate your work space

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 by cad
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Having a new office or thinking of converting one of your room to a home office? Here are some tips from us on how to spruce up your office interior design or home office or work space.

1) Start from the Walls

Rather than leaving them plain and boring, paint vibrant colours, put on wallpapers or hang pictures on the walls. Things that inspires or motivates you. Of course, if you prefer neutral walls, you can also leave them plain and add a clock, painting or even mirrors to give the space a larger illusion.

You may also want to consider to hang a bulletin board for pasting post- it notes, reminders, to- do list or beautiful pictures. Some even like wall decals on glass walls just to add a touch of fun or edginess.

2) Lighting

Lighting can dramatically alter the look and feel of any space. It is important that your working space is well- lit so that you can work well. Decide what kind of lightings work best for you. Is it more white day- lights or LED or do you prefer the soft, yellow and warm lights?

Lighting can be on the ceiling but you may like to consider having them mounted on the walls, or even as a lamp stand. Make sure the frames for the lights blend in well with the colours and theme you are going for.
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