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How to Save Money on Your Business Renovations

Your client is making a big investment when they start renovations on their business. Whether it’s a preschool, a dental practice, an insurance office, or virtually any other business, it can benefit from a renovation that creates a more modern, welcoming, and professional appearance for the inside and outside of the business. Some of the benefits of renovating your business include:

  • Improving employee morale. It’s easier to be motivated and eager to come to work when you are working in a new, clean, modern-looking building.
  • Attracting more walk-in customers. Customers are going to notice a business more when the building looks nice and want to come inside to learn more.
  • Customers are more likely to have a favorable first impression of a business if they are impressed by the appearance. Many customers feel that a well-kept and modern-looking building means the owner is more invested in their business, and thus, their customer service.

The investment that your client is making in the appearance of their business is worth every penny, and they are likely to see returns on their investment in the form of employee and customer loyalty. As a contractor, it’s important that you help your client get the most out of every penny that they spend on the investment that they make in business renovations. Our team has some great ways to help your client save money on renovations without sacrificing style or quality.

Use These Tips to Save on Renovating a Business

interior stone veneerUse real stone veneer instead of traditional stonework.

Stonework is some of the most expensive and labor-intensive renovation work you’ll do on a building. Both the materials and the labor involved to install them can be cost prohibitive. Many clients are going to want stone additions to their existing structure because of the sophistication it brings to a building. Instead of blowing the entire renovation budget on stonework, though, you can use real stone veneer and save big. Real stone veneer is sprayed onto almost any surface that you want, including siding, floors, cement paths, and more. A template is applied and the details are finished by skilled tradesmen. The end result is something that looks like it took weeks to create but is done in a matter of hours…and at a fraction of the cost.

See if employees are willing to pitch in.

If a business is coming to a standstill during the renovations, this could even help the employees earn some money until the business is reopened. Employees can be put to work disassembling old furniture, putting together the new stuff, or even painting walls depending on their skills and abilities. Make sure it’s alright with their employer for them to pitch in and then ensure the work they are doing is safe. However, using them to get some of these smaller tasks done can help your client save on their labor costs for the renovation, giving them more money to put into the decor and final look.

Reuse what you can, recycle what you can’t.

Many businesses assume that during a renovation, they’ll need to get rid of everything and start over in order to achieve the right look. That’s not true! In fact, a lot of what the business is using can be reused and repurposed. You can refinish wooden surfaces or change their look entirely with a real stone veneer. This saves you on the cost of replacing the piece and will probably take minimal elbow grease. If items can’t be repurposed, get rid of them responsibly. Look into recycling options, or better yet, sell the items to another local business who can use them and put that money back into the renovation budget.

spray stoneUpgrade wisely and at the right time.

Not everything has to be upgraded immediately, either. If your client is on a tight budget, encourage them to take the renovation in phases. For instance, focus on exterior improvements first, then move onto the interior renovations next. Or, get the structure looking its best, then upgrade the furniture later on. It’s nice when you can get everything done at once, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Waiting could allow you to save even more money, too, by shopping sales and waiting for price drops on necessary materials for the renovation tasks. Taking it in stages allows you to save more for each step, too, which could potentially help your client avoid more business debt later on.

Put these ideas to work and see how much further your business renovation budget can go! We’ll help with the real stone veneer. Our product is perfect for businesses renovating on a budget who still want the end result to look incredible. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our stone veneer services in Dallas and how we can help with your renovation project.

Enhance Walls in a Home or Office With This Easy Trick

Are you an architect or contractor looking for new ways to help your clients stretch their budget while transforming the look of their home or office? It’s a tough balance to achieve. You want to provide them with a renovation that leaves them happy and a bill that doesn’t wipe the smile off of their face. Often, clients want the world when it comes to their renovation plans, but they don’t have the budget to back that up. One of the biggest surfaces of an interior space is the walls. Transforming these during a renovation can be a quick way to provide a fresh new look. So what are your options?

Ways to Transform Walls in a Home or Office

stone veneer for fireplacePaint

Pros:

  • It’s inexpensive. Paint is often one of the first things on a renovation list due to its relatively inexpensive cost and high impact.
  • It’s easy to apply. It doesn’t take an experienced painter long to apply a fresh coat of paint to a wall and it dries in just a few hours.

Cons

  • It might not be a total transformation or enough of a change for your client. Clients might not be satisfied with a simple coat of paint or feel that this goes far enough to renovate their space into what they’ve imagined.
  • It has to be redone every few years. Paint gets dirty and popular colors quickly go in and out of style. What looks great now might look dated in just a few years time, meaning clients will be looking for another renovation.

Stone

stone veneer sidingPros

  • It can add a lot of elegance to space and enrichen it. Stone has a classic, beautiful look that is absolutely timeless. Stone walls don’t go out of style and will age with the home or office well.
  • Waterproof, weatherproof, and corrosion resistant. This makes the stone a terrific choice for both interior and exterior walls because it can stand up to wild Texas weather.
  • It lasts for years, even decades! Thanks to the timeless appeal and durability of the materials, stone walls can be around for virtually a lifetime. Once it’s applied, your clients won’t have to think about it again.

Cons

  • The labor and materials can be prohibitively expensive. Not only do they have to invest in the materials to complete the work, your clients will have to pay a skilled craftsman for their services in actually building the wall.
  • It can take a long time for the project to be completed. Depending on the materials, the size, and the skill of the craftsman, some stone walls can take weeks or even longer.

Why Real Stone Veneer Is the Best of Both!

Real stone veneer combines the pros of both paint and stone. Our special process is fast, so work can be completed much faster than waiting for a traditional stone wall to be built. The process doesn’t take much longer than paint, and it’s a fraction of the cost of a traditional stone wall to be put in place. Stone veneer has all the richness of real stone, too, because it’s actually made of real stone. That means your clients get all of the same stone benefits: waterproof, weatherproof, and their new veneer lasts for decades without needing to be maintained or redone. It’s an incredible value for their money; clients get a beautiful look that lasts for decades at a fraction of the cost. This will make them–and you–very happy.

Let Us Partner With You in Your Next Renovation

Ready to wow your clients? Looking for something new that they are going to love? Real stone veneer is exactly what you need. We’ve developed a terrific stone veneer that mimics the look of real stone because it is real stone. Our skilled team can apply your stone veneer in the color and pattern that your client wants in a short amount of time so you can complete the rest of your renovations. We’ll help you keep your project on time and under budget. Let us show you how it works and partner with you on your next renovation of a home or office. Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started with a product that pleases your clients aesthetic and their budget.

How to Give an Old Restaurant a Fresh Look

A restaurant’s interior and exterior decor have a huge affect on its bottom line. If people perceive the exterior to be run-down or old-fashioned, it’s unlikely that they’ll ever make it through the door. If the outside entices them inside and they that the interior is outdated or shabby, they are more likely to have a bad impression of the food no matter how good it might be and are unlikely to come back. There are more than 3,500 restaurants listed on Trip Advisor for the Dallas area, so people have plenty of options when they are looking for a bite to eat. That’s why it’s so important for restaurant owners to make sure their look is up-to-date, appealing, and welcoming to potential customers.

If you are an architect, designer, or contractor working with a local restaurant to help them renovate their look, it’s important that you manage their budget extremely carefully. Restaurants are often working with razor-thin budgets to start with, so taking money out to do the renovations can be a big sacrifice and you’ll want to do it right. It’s important to pick the right elements to renovate that can provide the biggest impact without overstretching the budget. With the help of our real stone veneer in Dallas, you can get the job done and help revitalize an old restaurant.

Restaurant Renovations That Provide the Biggest Impact

veneer stone sidingThe exterior.

The exterior of a restaurant needs to be inviting. If the exterior of your client’s restaurant is looking a little worse for wear, it’s probably driving away business more than they realize. Our real stone veneers can be applied to the exterior of the building in order to give it a fresh, rich, warm, and welcoming look without the cost of actual stone and masonry work. Stone elements can attract the right attention and make a building look chic and elegant. Our stone veneer can be applied to virtually any surface, meaning you can cover up siding, wood, brick, or other stone structures. Our real stone veneer is perfect for exterior surfaces because it’s made from pieces of real stone, so it has all the durability of traditional masonry work.

The interior floors.

No one wants to eat in a restaurant that has floors that look dirty no matter how much you clean them. A lot of older restaurants used carpeting when they were first built, but that look is severely dated now. Your flooring is likely going to be one of the first things customers notice when they walk through the door. If it gives them a bad first impression, the restaurant will have a tough time recovering from that. A real stone veneer is an excellent option! Our stone veneer is tough enough to stand up to plenty of traffic and it’s much easier to clean than carpeting. Your clients can pick the color and pattern that they want and our Dallas team will install it for them. The floor of the restaurant is the single biggest surface of the building, so transforming it into something beautiful and chic can help the whole building shine a little brighter.

spray stoneThe interior walls.

Our real stone veneer is perfect for walls, too! Ditch the outdated plaster and improve the ambiance of the space with stone walls. This adds warmth and elegance, instantly elevated the interior space from bland to grand. You can strategically place sections of the stone veneer or have all the walls done. Customers don’t be able to tell that it’s not all masonry work because our stone veneer is made from real stones, so it looks and feels exactly the same. It’s super durable, too, so you won’t have to worry about maintaining it.

Our Dallas Team is Ready to Help With Restuarant Renovations

Interested in learning more about using our real stone veneer in your client’s restaurant renovation? Give enVision a call today or contact us through our website. We’ll provide you and your client with more information about how our veneer application process works and how it can help save thousands on renovation costs, providing all the look and benefit of stone without the expense. Get in touch with us today to get started!