General commercial remodeling trends
- Hybrid concepts — Hybrid spaces are becoming more popular than ever with companies like Capital One embracing new concepts that offer financial services in a café-like environment.
- Reinventing big-box spaces — The overall decline in retail sales has caused many major big-box retailers to abandon their large retail spaces. This has created an opening for inventive renovations and build-outs of these spaces, including seasonal haunted houses, entertainment businesses like laser tag arenas, trampoline parks and other pop-up concepts.
- Designing for experiences — Retail outlets, in particular, are increasingly dedicating space for interactive displays that enhance the shopping experience and reinforce the company brand in a way that only brick-and-mortar can deliver.
- Energy efficiency — Although not exactly a new trend, the green wave will continue in 2020 as commercial remodeling projects prioritize smart, energy-efficient systems and materials.
- Lighting designs — More businesses are moving away from standard fluorescent tube lighting, opting instead for more comfortable and natural lighting designs.
- Nicer bathrooms — In 2020, bathroom design can no longer be an afterthought. No matter how clean your restaurant is or how tidy your retail floor, a dingy, outdated bathroom can compromise your whole brand identity. That’s why more businesses are investing in modern bathrooms that make customers feel more comfortable.
- Gender-neutral bathrooms — Although inclusive bathroom spaces have been around for a long time, they’re gaining in popularity as businesses try to be more accommodating to customers.
- Improved employee spaces — Businesses have put a renewed emphasis on improving employee-centered spaces and amenities, particularly in industries where it can be difficult to attract and retain workers.
- Climate-proof renovations — In flood zones and other problematic locations, remodeling projects are increasingly focused on mitigating the impacts of adverse weather events.
- Flexible workspaces — As more employees become untethered from their desks, businesses are increasingly remodeling office space to create flexible, open-concept spaces that are comfortable and inviting.
Restaurant remodeling trends
- More green space — From indoor herb gardens to living walls to potted plants on rooftops and patios, restaurants are literally “going green” to convey fresh ingredients and make environments more welcoming to customers.
- Separate spaces — With delivery and takeout accounting for an increasingly large portion of restaurant sales, many counter-service concepts are designing spaces with separate pick-up lines and dedicated waiting areas to reduce congestion in the front of stores.
- Rooftop dining — In cities across the U.S., restaurants, and cafes are increasingly building up, not out, choosing to add rooftop dining spaces as opposed to sidewalk-level patios.
- Natural materials — Restaurants, in particular, are using more wood elements in their interior designs to give spaces a more natural feel.
- Communal dining spaces — Communal dining has been growing in popularity for several years, and 2020 looks to be no different, with restaurants renovating spaces to feature large, shared tables, rather than two-tops or four-tops.
Grocery store renovation trends
- Places for partners — Grocery stores and other retailers are remodeling stores to accommodate partner businesses like Instacart and other delivery and “buy online, pickup in-store” services.
- Curbside pickup — Larger retailers are remodeling the outsides of stores to create drive-up lanes or parking spaces so the retailers can provide curbside pickup services.
- In-store dining — In the early days of department stores, restaurants and dining spaces were a mainstay. But the concept is gaining renewed popularity in 2020 with retailers and even grocery stores increasingly adding dine-in spaces during renovations.
- Alternative checkout options — The use of self-checkout stations and even checkout-free shopping (such as the much talked about Amazon Go store) are expected to become more frequent in 2020 remodeling designs.
- Smart technology — From smart shelves to augmented reality displays, businesses are designing renovations to highlight innovations and take full advantage of the latest technology.
Written by Scott Rajavuori on January 23, 2020