Revitalizing Downtown Facades

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Harmony House Jewellers


Downtown revitalization’s are an important part of a city or town’s plan to maintain the mixed commercial/residential use within the dense core of the area and to ensure minimal vacancy of potential taxpaying businesses and residents.  


In the last year, Tucker Design Build has completed a couple building renovations within the downtown streets of Dunnville, a small community of 12,000 people nestled between Hamilton and Niagara Regions.  


There was first the major renovation/retrofitting of the important “Rexall Building.”  The building was completely re-built from the inside to the exterior facade, and when completed featured an expansion of the local Rexall Drugstore.  


More recently, Tucker Design Build completed the facade renovation at Harmony House Jewellers.  Working with the business owner was TDB’s lead Project Planner/Manager, Jonathan Tucker, providing the resources and service to bring Harmony House from concept to creation.

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From Concept to Creation


The owner had the notion to create a storefront that was as classic and timeless as the merchandise sold in the store.  


After sharing ideas and plans on the project with Tucker, additional design advice and consultation was provided from Florence Alfieri of Alfieri Floor Experts located in Welland, ON.  Ideas were discussed, imaginations grew and the concept was put into an artistic rendering from one of Alfieri’s designers.


While the facade design was being completed, Tucker was preparing for the scope of work within the project.  The project was going to require building permits, sidewalk closure in a busy downtown area, and consultation with a structural engineer regarding alterations to such an old building.  


Tucker was also organizing the trades and pricing, applying for a grant for the store owner, preparing a project budget to accurately reflect the cost of the upgrades to the store, and getting construction drawings completed by Tucker Design Build’s draftsman for the engineer and building permit.

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Design and Build


Not long after presenting the complete proposal for the renovation to Harmony did an order get signed, an application was made for the building permit, materials ordered and trades were scheduled to decrease time working on the storefront and minimizing the negative effect on business.


This was all completed by Tucker within a short time, leaving the store owner to select materials and watch the dream turn to a reality.  Highlights of the new work include a new sign, PVC mouldings and ceiling, granite inserts in the panelling under windows, a retractable awning, and Rubaroc surfacing at the entry.


Projects without setbacks are very few unfortunately, and this one was no exception as the building was discovered to be in a deteriorated condition upon removal of the existing facade.  Time was going to be lost, but Tucker quickly met with an engineer, assembled a plan, and got to work on finishing the dream.


Tucker is proud to have been apart of another facade renovation in a downtown core and continues to believe strongly in the small business base that occupies and operates within these areas.  


Tucker Design Build will continue to provide special praise and support to business such as Harmony Jewellers who see the value in investing in the revitalization of their downtown buildings and the maintaining of a strong downtown business community.  


Exceptional Customer Service


From the first meeting, Harmony Jewellers were treated as if they were already Tucker’s client, providing them with premium customer service, expert advice, and a devotion to make the finished product the best it could be, as timeless as a watch, as beautiful as an engagement ring, and as solid as a diamond.

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