The annual international competition is only open to college-level students involved in retail planning, design, visual merchandising, and branding programs. For the DIY new homeowner or even the seasoned Pro contractor, home improvement projects can be exciting and exhilarating. But getting the right tools, the right materials and the right know-how can make home improvement projects daunting as well. The 2018 PAVE Design Challenge invites you to rethink and reinvent how The Home Depot stores can give customers the know-how they need to tackle all their home improvement projects with confidence. As a company, we challenge ourselves to bring fresh thinking and customer-centric innovation every day.


How might the visual environment of a Home Depot store be transformed to better provide home improvement  “know-how” for our DIY customers?

To fulfill the Design Challenge, you need to select and complete 2 to 3 “Mini-Challenges” from this curated list of options:

  1. New Product Demo Area – Design a space for customers to learn about and try new products and innovations in home improvement
  2. Services Connection Space  Design a space for customers to learn about installation services The Home Depot provides
  3. In-Aisle Self-Serve Learning  Design a way to insert learning directly into the aisles, allowing customers to learn about products before they even pull it off the shelf
  4. “Behind the Wall” Area  Design a space where customers can learn how to do more intensive home improvement projects like electrical and plumbing projects
  5. Pro Education Area  Design a space for our Pro contractors to keep up to date with the latest developments in their field, learn a new skill or even run their business better
  6. Backyard Oasis Area  Design a new space that leverages our indoor and outdoor garden, lumber, hardware and other departments and trains customers how to create their own Backyard Oasis
  7. Garden Creation Space  Design a new space that would enable DIY gardeners to create their own vegetable garden using materials from The Home Depot
  8. Bringing Decor to Life  Design a space in store to bring to life The Home Depot’s decor initiative and help customers top off their home improvements with the perfect decor

Challenges that include an area outside of the aisle should take up an area no more than 476 sq. ft., or an area 26′ x 18’3″.



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