To approach a high quality retail shop fit out first and foremost try to foresee major problems before they arise and then use all available resources to ensure maximum return for optimum outlay. By getting the right project partners on board so many potential pitfalls can be avoided.
From a construction perspective, thoroughly analyze the project at all points before and during the build process. The critical points include
Design time: materials that best suit the project’s specifics, any inherent problems to do with the site, suitable parking space or provision for the off load, the ceiling height and other issues such as meeting with the best sign manufactures in Dubai etc. are all to be analyzed.
Costing: if you are likely to get bulk orders, this can dramatically reduce the unit cost. An alternative cheaper product can also help keep costs down. The expected lifespan of the fit out should be determined, whether it would be updated annually, monthly, weekly depending upon the intended use of the space.
All of these factors will dictate how far the valuable money can be stretched. Knowing the size of the budget can really help focus the project to a practical and achievable outcome. By forging a strong relationship with your retail fit out contractors you may maximize the return on the investment.
Fabrication: All components should be fully assembled prior to installation, reducing the need for excessive onsite work and aids in troubleshooting. A quality shop fitting project is actually defined by the little details; where designed elements interface with the existing building, a simple trick is to use templates to fit off on site. This process not only helps in the fit out stage but also reduces the risk of expensive materials being wasted due to miscuts.
Technology: To assist in the economical fabrication of the fit out make use of technology. Laser cutters and CNC routers are both very useful when cutting complicated or multiple shapes.
Installation: The installation should be planned thoroughly in advance as it really helps if all staff knows what is expected of them during the installation. This will make for a much smoother transition into the new environment.
Consequently, a rewarding and effective retail shop fit out relies heavily on efficient design, costing, fabrication and installation. To get these areas right rely on good communication and planning from the outset, and of course understand the full scope of works.