Often when a new client reaches out regarding a renovation project, they’re expecting to hire someone to pick out a few paint colors, make recommendations for flooring, and provide a few tips concerning furnishings. As designers, we’ll ask questions to get to the root of why a renovation is desired and what the goals are for the new space. We’ll dig deeper asking specific questions regarding storage, casework, lighting, space requirements for furniture or equipment, and plans for growth. What initially appeared on the surface as hiring someone to pick out a few finishes is now much more thoughtful. Today, we will discuss the steps involved when designing an entire space, how a project can sometimes be a bit more complex than just selecting finishes for your floors, walls, and ceilings, and what you can expect from your interior designer.
All projects are different and each has their own unique requirements but, generally speaking, they follow the same basic process. After an initial consultation, one of our designers will walk through the space, ask a variety of questions, photograph and measure the existing space along with any furniture or equipment that will be kept, and document it all in a set of working construction drawings.
Next, we will pull together some finishes, provide loose sketches of potential ideas, and select images for inspiration just to get the conversation going to make sure we’re on the right track. We like to provide a couple of different concepts for your space to give you options and really find out what you like/dislike.
Now that we’re on the same page on how the space should look and function, we start digging deeper into the details. We select every finish needed from the paint, wallcovering, flooring, wall base, light fixtures, doors and hardware, down to the cabinet pulls. Are there any ceiling details, floor patterns, feature walls, built-ins or custom casework? What do these look like and should they be featured prominently and how so? All these details are well-planned and presented for your approval, so you know exactly what to expect from your finished space. We even like to present our clients with 3D renderings to give an accurate display of the design intent.
Once the design is approved and finalized we must document it in order to build it. We take great care making sure we capture all the details presented in our design within the construction documents to ensure that nothing is left to chance, and that the design is executed as intended. Without these construction documents the design is left for someone else’s interpretation and you may not get the same results. Construction documents are vital to illustrate the design intent and constructability of the final design.
Sometimes a client doesn’t want to deal with the stress of answering contractor’s questions and project scheduling. We’re happy to help! We can check in on the project and handle any scheduling and construction questions so that the project runs smoothly. We’re on job sites on a regular basis. We know what to look for to make sure the design gets executed as intended, leaving you with a quality product.
Once the design has been implemented, construction is finished, and furnishings are installed, we do a final walkthrough with the client, accessorize and add those final touches, and discuss the care and maintenance of the finishes so that your space remains pristine for years to come.