The design process is the step-by-step method used to realise the vision for each of our clients. It is documented in a planned, organised way to include all design elements, drawings, selections and decisions made along the way. It enables the builder or contractor to thoroughly understand the design plans and specifications.
CONSULTATION & DESIGN BRIEF
The beginning of any interior design project starts with a client meeting to obtain a brief. This meeting can be an in-depth phone or online meeting, or a face-to-face one at the your home or site, depending on location and preference. During this meeting, we determine the scope of your project, what your expectations are, your preferences, needs and wishes for your new space. It’s important to get as much detail as possible in order to create a result you love. If you have ideas or images that you like, we encourage clients to have these on hand as they can be very helpful in establishing a direction or mood for your project. If architectural plans are available, these will also be obtained at this point.
If no architectural plans are available, a detailed site measurement is usually carried out, and a plan of the space produced in the CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting) programme used by our offices. Architectural plans (digital or hard copy) are also transferred into our CAD program, for further development.
SCHEMATIC PLANS & CONCEPTS
In this stage an overall floor plan is produced in the appropriate scale and provides a proposed layout for the areas as discussed during the meeting. Optimal use of space, storage, flow and cohesive aesthetics are all to carefully considered for all areas. Once these have been thoroughly discussed and are approved by the client, further stages can take place.
Depending on the size of the project, design development can be quite simple with just a few stages or very detailed. In either case, it usually involves producing complete schemes for individual areas, internal or external colour schemes (or both) and selections of finishes. Hard finishes such as flooring, tiles, joinery finishes etc. typically are established first, as these lay the basis of the colour palette and overall scheme.
Further design development stages usually include selections of fixtures and fittings such as kitchen appliances, cabinet finishes & tapware, bathroom fittings and furnishings, paint finishes and lighting inclusions. Subsequent stages may include custom joinery design and associated finishes.
Once client feedback on all is obtained and any revisions are carried out, final documentation is produced. This documentation package includes all plans, joinery drawings, and specifications for all inclusions, finishes and fittings. It outlines in detail everything builders and other trades will need in order to provide accurate quotations. The building or renovation process can then begin.
Further services such as selections, procurement and installation of furniture, furnishings, window treatments and artwork may also be involved, if required.