Urbanomic Style Commercial Interior Renovation Design + Decor

Commercial Interior Design

We specialize in interior design + branding for boutique establishments in food-service + hospitality (restaurant design, bar design, cafe design, bakery design) as well as wellness and retail spaces.  We focus on design thinking, which helps us create unique brand-aligned environments for our projects. We lean towards an uncluttered contemporary look while implementing a design theme that holds up the brand of the establishment. We are a bit little punk rock, a little funky fresh, a little bit zen and a whole lot of warmth & fun.  Our aim is to create spaces that are inviting, intimate and make people feel fantastic.

Boutique commercial interiors refers to commercial spaces less than 5000 sq. ft with high style and high functionality. Our commercial clients are typically entrepreneurs with a proven track record. We design spaces to be as functional as they are beautiful by starting with smart space planning.  Well appointed spaces can improve performance, please your patrons, and perk up your bottom line. We combine extensive knowledge in custom furniture fabrication with our understanding of construction in order to integrate our designs with architectural and mechanical elements.  We also take care to assess furnishings, fixtures and finishes for safety, durability, clean-ability, availability and cost in addition to style.

The types of spaces we typically design include:

  • Food Service and Hospitality spaces, including:
    • restaurants, cafes, food kiosks, bakeries
    • night clubs and bars
    • hotels, hostels
  • Natural Wellness and Beauty spaces, including:
    • Spas
    • Hair Salons
    • Tatoo Studios
    • Natural Health Studios
      • Massage
      • Yoga
  • Retail Stores + Kiosks
    • Boutique Retail Locations
      • Gift Shops
      • Clothing Stores
      • Specialty Food Retailers
      • Jewelry Shops
      • and more!
    • Stand alone Kiosks (food-service or retail)

Heidi, calling you was the best decision we ever made! The design experience was fun and engaging. You really brought our vision to life and now the restaurant really shines. We are very proud to be able to work in such a beautiful space. On behalf of ourselves, our employees and our customers, thank you Heidi.

Bobby Leung - Owner - Sushi88, Ottawa ON

Services

Design is a process.  There are some steps of the full design + build process that can be offered as “stand alone” services, and others must combined in order to achieve results.  We have outlined our services below and grouped them so that you can see how they fit in to the larger project process.

Space Audit

This service is for those who are already operating out of a commercial space and are looking to make some improvements. We will review your space with you in person to gain insight into your current challenges, and discuss with you what you want to achieve. We will help you pinpoint opportunities for functional improvement, help you understand if your wishlist is aligned with your budget, and advise you on what a healthy timeline for your project looks like.  We will then write up an audit report that includes our suggestions for improvement with order of priority, a preliminary budget and timeline based on our current understanding, so that you can determine the best way to proceed.

RFP Writing

If you are considering obtaining proposals from multiple design firms to design your new commercial facility, or update an existing one, the best place to start is by creating an RFP – Request for Proposals.  Having a clearly defined RFP will ensure that each firm is relying on the same information when creating their proposal, to ensure are comparing apples to apples. Without an RFP one firm’s understanding of the project scope, the proposed budget, the designers responsibilities, and the level of finish quality and design finesse might be very different from one firm to another, and so the proposals will not necessarily be comparable. We can help you get clear on your needs, expectations and constraints and package this information so that is can be easily shared with numerous design firms. Going through the process of creating an RFP will help you gain insights into what is involved with your project and prevent you from having to try to repeat the same information verbally to each firm you are considering working with.

Feasibility Studies

If you are looking to lease or purchase a commercial space and need help understanding what you should be looking for, whether a particular space will be suitable for your needs, what kind of modifications you would need to do to make a space suitable and approximately how much you would need to budget for the changes, we can help you get figure that out.

“As Built” Drawings

We can measure up your existing space and create a set of scaled “as built” architectural drawings in CAD and PDF that you can share with your design and construction team members as needed to plan your renovation.

If you would like some more detail about our commercial design services let’s talk!  You can book a call with us at the bottom of this page.

Design Concepts

Our one-of-a-kind design concepts begin with a written concept statement and visual storyboard aimed to illustrate the themes, motifs and aesthetics that we envision for your space.  By using words and images we can figure out early on if we are headed in the right direction with the look and feel of your space.  This will act as a jump off point to discuss our vision for your project and once approved, this information will serve as a guide and inspiration for future design decisions throughout the project.

Space Planning

Whether we are starting with a space that has never been fit-up, or renovating an existing space, we will put our space planning expertise to work to ensure that your space flows logically and efficiently.  We use process engineering techniques to optimize the movement of people and goods through your space, and support such movement with the appropriate placement of equipment, furniture and architectural elements, while ensure that we are adhering to applicable building codes.

Budgeting

Before any designs are on paper, it is challenging to predict what the costs of your project will be, because each situation is so unique.  We begin with a  “order of magnitude” Preliminary Budget based on the square footage we expect to be renovating, and using date from similar recent projects.  This low-fidelity budget can have a variance of +/-30% or more.  With an understanding of what we are aiming for, we can help you make smart design decisions that will help to keep costs aligned with what you are prepared to spend.  Working backwards from the preliminary budget, and pricing the project incrementally as the level of detail increases, allows us us ensure that funds are allocated in ways that will have the biggest impact.   The budget for projects become more accurate as the design details come into clearer focus.

Architectural Finishes + Fixtures

Each material element  that goes into a space needs to be carefully co-ordinated on many levels.  When we are researching items, such as finishes and furniture, that will work for your project we need to consider them from many angles, including size, format, installation methods, compatibility with other materials and systems, colour, finish, safety and durability features and of course, price.  Our commercial design drawing packages typically include specifications and installation details for all construction finishes and fixtures throughout the space.

Lighting Design + Fixture Selection

Modern day lighting design is highly nuanced due to the plethora of options on the market today, in addition to new code requirements concerning energy efficiency.  Considerations to address in lighting design include the function (general ambient, task, feature), placement, and installation methods.  Additionally, each fixture typically needs to be specified in terms of light sources, output, voltage, colour temperature, and finishes for both the shades/lenses and fixture body. We design detailed lighting layouts that add drama to our designs, and supply the required lighting fixtures to ensure order accuracy while minding the budget.

Custom Fabrication

Our collaborative approach, combined with our industrial design knowledge, millwork shop experience enables us to skillfully illustrate schematics for the fabrication of custom elements, including cabinetry, furniture, light fixtures and more.  In most cases we work closely with preferred craftsman to fabricate what we have designed, and in some cases it makes more sense for us to get our hands dirty and create it ourselves.

Signage + Branding

We partner with fabricators and graphic design specialists to develop signage and branding elements that will get noticed.  Branding elements in the past have included custom wallpaper with a company’s logo on it, window decals, exterior signage and more.

Furniture Selections

We procure furniture from trusted suppliers made specifically for commercial use to ensure durability and warranty coverage.  If you are looking to do your own purchasing, we can give you a sense of what will work aesthetically and let you source, price and procure these items on your own, however in such cases we cannot be held responsible for any issues that may arise during procurement or use.

Construction + Permit Drawings

Throughout the design process we co-ordinate with the necessary architectural, engineering and specialized professionals to eventually create a comprehensive set of documents and drawings that can be used for estimating, bidding, to apply for building permits and ultimately to build the space.

If you are ready to learn more about working on your boutique commercial project with us, Contact Us to explore further!

Implementation Management

In some cases it make sense for us to directly oversee and co-ordinate the required site work for a project, meaning we find the people to do the work and schedule them to do it in an order that makes sense.  We typically do this on projects where the changes are cosmetic in nature and there are no changes to the base building.  Our goal is to manage the timeline so that your business is disrupted as little as possible.

Site Visits during Construction

During major renovation work by others, we visit the project site at regular intervals to ensure that the designs are being adhered to, to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of our vision, and to problem solve any issues that arise throughout construction.

Furniture + Fixture Procurement

We prefer to procure the furniture, fabrics and lighting fixtures for our projects, to ensure order accuracy and to make sure items arrive in a timely manner.

Custom Installations

We love to get our hands dirty and create at least one unique made-by-us element for each of our projects.  We have created custom artwork, fixtures, specialty wall finishes, wallpaper, signage and more.

Artwork, Decor + Finessing

We prefer to supply + install the artwork and decor for our projects, and finesse the space to get the best results.

Contact Us to explore further!

Have a look at some of our past projects!

  • Heidi and I have worked together on several projects in the past and I have always enjoyed the experience.
    Deadlines have always been enforced and respected so that no money is lost due to additional down time.
    Trades are chosen for their reliability and quality of work (and in one case dispensed with when not performing.
    She manages all this while maintaining good morale on site. I and the client have always been impressed with the finished product.

    I recommend her skills to improve your bottom line, and I look forward to working with her again!

    John Zeitoun
    Master Cabinet Maker, Ottawa
  • I completed 2 design projects with Urbanomic Interiors and I am more than satisfied with the results. Heidi managed to deliver a high quality product within deadlines with a limited budget. Heidi has a very professional approach, listening to client needs, very conscientious and eager to deliver a high quality product that will meet or exceed client satisfaction. I definitively recommend Urbanomic Interiors.

    Jean-Marc Perreault
    Project Manager, PWGSC Ottawa
  • I’ve worked with Heidi on numerous projects. She is inventive, creative and works diligently to serve her clients needs. She is also experienced and wise enough to know when to involve others in order to ensure the project progresses in a timely, cost-effective manner.
    Just as importantly, she is an intelligent, fun person that is engaging to work with!

    Renzo Cecchetto
    Architectural Technologist, Ottawa ON

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