February 26, 2022

Working Through a Commercial Remodeling

Considering starting a commercial remodeling or tenant improvement project? Rubicon is happy to support its clients in many ways. From turnkey design and construction to facility management and tenant improvement projects—we want to be your go-to contractor in the Intermountain West. 

Improving Without Overbuilding

Man measuring a hole in the ceiling for a replacement sheet of drywall for commercial remodeling

Commercial remodeling projects can be costly, so it's important to plan ahead to ensure that you're not overbuilding. Here are some tips for improving your commercial remodel without going overboard:

1. Reuse Existing Materials: If possible, reuse existing materials from the existing building to keep costs down and reduce waste. This could include flooring, wall coverings, or other structural elements.

2. Use Durable Finishes: Invest in durable finishes like stone, tile, wood paneling, or stainless steel that will last for years with minimal care and maintenance. This will help to avoid unnecessary repairs and replacements down the road.

3. Consider Long-Term Efficiency: Don't forget about energy efficiency when planning your commercial remodel. Look for ways to reduce energy use, such as installing high-efficiency windows and appliances or upgrading to LED lighting.

4. Investigate Financing Options: Many lenders offer financing options specifically for commercial remodels that can help you spread the cost over time and avoid taking on too much debt all at once.

5. Shop Around: Before committing to any purchase, it pays to shop around for the best price.

By following these tips, you can make sure your commercial remodeling project is successful without going overboard on costs or materials. With careful planning, you can create a space that's both beautiful and efficient while staying within budget.


If you’re working on a tenant improvement or commercial renovation project where a space is currently rented, make sure that the tenant has plenty of notice. In many cases, we encourage our clients to perform major construction projects between leases so spaces are vacant. However, we know that it’s not always possible. Don’t forget to notify tenants adjacent to the improvements of what’s going on and whether there will be any impact to common spaces or parking areas. The last thing you want is a tenant improvement project to negatively impact other tenant relationships.

Before deciding whether or not to talk to your tenants about a commercial remodeling project, it's important to consider the potential impact of such a project on their businesses. If the proposed commercial remodeling will significantly alter the layout of the space or have any other major implications for them, they should be consulted in advance so that any necessary arrangements can be made. Keep in mind that even small changes, such as painting walls, can interfere with their day-to-day operations and should be discussed beforehand. Additionally, if there are any safety issues or updates required for compliance with local regulations, these should also be communicated clearly with your tenants.

By having an open dialogue with your tenants about any upcoming commercial remodeling projects, you can gain valuable insights that can help ensure the success of the project. Ask your tenants what changes would benefit their businesses and how they plan on operating during any disruption caused by the remodel. Involving them in the process from the beginning will set clear expectations and create an environment of collaboration between you and your tenants.

Overall, taking the time to discuss any commercial remodeling projects with your tenants is essential for a successful outcome. Communicating openly with them will allow you to understand their needs and make thoughtful decisions that are mutually beneficial for both parties.

Keeping Up with Building Code

If you are starting a major tenant improvement or commercial renovation project or any construction project for that matter, speak with your contractor about the age of your building and what building codes may have changed since the initial construction or the last renovation. We have to take into account required modernizations pursuant to local and state building codes. Sometimes we will recommend changes above and beyond that might not be required, but will add peace of mind and can make long-term sense in a space (i.e. smart water shutoff systems or remote property management systems). 

When it comes to commercial remodeling, it is important to make sure you are up to code in order to ensure the safety of your business and customers. Building codes change over time, so staying informed on the updated requirements is essential. Additionally, you may need special permits or licenses for certain types of projects or materials used in the remodel. It is also important to understand local zoning regulations that might affect your project.

To be sure that you are up-to-date with all applicable building codes and local laws, research what these stipulations are for your area. This can include researching online, visiting a library or contacting a building department at your local municipality. You can then review any paperwork, inspections or other documents required before starting the project. Additionally, you should hire a certified contractor who is knowledgeable in the area and familiar with all building codes that need to be followed.

By taking the necessary steps to ensure you are up-to-code when it comes to commercial remodeling, you can save yourself time and money while ensuring a safe environment for your business. Investing the time into researching applicable regulations and hiring an experienced contractor can go a long way in creating a successful project.

For more information on building code, click here.

2022 is a great time to start a tenant improvement project, design or commercial renovation. Rubicon would love to work with you and learn more about your specific needs. Check out the resources section above to find other tips and tricks we’ve shared with our clients.

Rubicon offers comprehensive services for commercial remodeling. We specialize in a wide range of projects, from full-scale renovations to smaller scale updates and repairs. Our team of experienced professionals can help with everything from concept development and budgeting to selection of materials and construction management. Whatever your needs are, we have the expertise to make sure that your project is completed successfully and on time. From developing design plans and selecting materials to providing guidance throughout the build process, Rubicon is here to ensure that you get exactly what you need when it comes to commercial remodeling. Whether you’re looking for an entirely new look or just some minor changes, our experts can help bring your vision to life. Contact us today for more information on how we can help with your commercial remodeling project!