Designing a space to meet your own unique taste, needs, comfort, or represent a company’s image is an exciting process and is best approached as a team effort. A designer’s ability to listen to his or her client is essential. Open and honest communication throughout the entire process is key to a successful outcome. The following is a summary of what you can expect of the experience.
During the initial consultation, the designer will spend time getting to know the owner and help to determine his or her overall style as well as the functional requirements of the space. Prior to the initial meeting, the designer will ask the owner to collect visual items to convey ideas or desired direction such as pictures, magazines, a favorite color, or even a piece of furniture or artwork. More than once an environment has been designed around a favorite or inspirational object such as a vase, piece of furniture or painting!
The collection of all data concerning the existing space and needs of the new space is collected during the Pre-Design Phase. Floor plans and a project program will be obtained or created and existing conditions confirmed and documented.
The designer will present initial ideas representing the overall vision for the space during the Schematic Design Phase. This may include finish samples, color schemes, sketches, floor plans, and photos of furniture, accessories and artwork. Once the “big picture” has been agreed upon, the project moves on to Design Development.
In this phase, the colors, materials, and space planning will be finalized. Furniture may be specified at this time as well, depending upon the size and scope of the project. With final approval of all elements from the owner, the project moves forward with Construction Documents.
Construction Documents and Bidding:
Floorplans and specifications are finalized at this time for the purpose of bidding or the collection of quotes and construction.
The designer will oversee construction in varying degrees, depending upon the size and scope of the project. This includes on-site management, a full punch list and project close-out. The designer will follow up with the owner to evaluate conditions 6 to 11 months after the project’s completion.