Taking the mystery out of interior design starts with understanding the process. Knowing what to expect from your Interior Designer and knowing what is expected from you makes the experience enjoyable and gratifying.
Let’s look at the steps involved keeping in mind that each project is unique and the steps may be adjusted as needed to accommodate the different needs of each client.
step 1 - Client Consultation: Understanding Your Vision
During the programming phase, the client's needs and objectives are identified. This step enables us to determine your needs, how you use the space and your expectations regarding the design of your home or office. We want our clients to understand how we work and the mechanics of the interior design process. During this phase, we also discuss any ideas and thoughts you may have and evaluate any photos you may have collected that demonstrate what you envision. Measurements and photos are taken of the space to be worked on at this time. After the Design Consultation, we will prepare a contract outlining our services and fee structure for your review. Once you approve, contracts are signed and professional fees are paid, the interior design process begins.
step 2 - Schematic Design: Creating A Space With Purpose
In this phase, we will present our plans and ideas for your review and final approval. Our presentation includes rough sketches, floor plans, elevations, preliminary color schemes, finishes, furniture, fabrics, and other items related to your project. We want to be confident and comfortable with all selections before you approve and we move forward.
step 3 - Design Development: Transforming Your Vision Into A Signature Design Plan
After final approval of the schematic design, the designer develops floor plans, elevations, and other related items in greater detail. Colors and finishes are refined, furniture, fabrics, and equipment are selected and cost estimates are prepared. The resulting design is presented to the client for review, revision and final approval.
step 4 - Project Documentation: Pricing & Construction Documents
In the first phase, the specific details of the work to be completed are documented. These details include millwork specification, finish selections such as flooring and paint, lighting plans and fixture selection, plumbing location and fixture selection, and electrical layouts in regards to the total scope of work to be completed. A detailed quote itemizing all selections and costs is prepared. Once approved, your materials are ordered, contractors are scheduled. In the second phase, bids are obtained, contractors selected, and purchase orders are issued.
step 5 - Construction Administration/Installation
This is the final stage where things are built and installed. When construction or renovation is complete the furnishings have arrived, the window treatments and bed coverings completed, everything will be professionally installed. The final layer will be selected and careful placement of accessories to achieve the full effect.