How We Work

The Process of Interior Design

1 - Site Visit
We always arrange to visit the site of a proposed project to see for ourselves the condition of the building and to talk through with you what plans you have for the space. We do not charge for this visit and we can offer advice on what we think you might be able to achieve for your given budget.

From this discussion, we will have a realistic impression of how we would be able to assist you in your project. We would then provide you with a written fee proposal detailing how we would deliver against your design brief.

2 - Concept Design
This is a crucial part of any project. Arriving at an agreed concept design involves a tug of war between the expectations of what the project could be, and what the available budget will allow at the outset.

Yes, we always approach a design concept with your highest aspirations in mind, but also with a very pragmatic view on your options for proceeding. We will provide you with a plan and other visual material that would help a contractor to get to grips with your project and provide an outline budget.

We think it’s important to have a lively debate over what your dream will become, so encourage you to bring your vision to the table so we can make sure it lives on through the process.

3 - Project Scope
We use the resultant work from stages 1 and 2 to develop a formal scope of works for the project. We often meet with potential contractors at this stage who have prepared outline budgets against the concept design.

The aim of this stage is to bring the vision we have developed together and the budget into line through an agreed scope of design and construction activities. This allows you to clearly communicate what you want, both to us as designers, and to your chosen contractor.

At this point it will often be apparent where the large numbers are in the scheme and we are able to adapt the design approach early to avoid any surprises later.

4 - Appointment
With the project scope and layout agreed in principle we need to ask you to formally appoint us as your designers on the project.

In terms of payments, we usually bill for the concept work done to date and then agree with you a series of staged payments paid via BACS that will be due throughout the rest of the project up to handover of the finished scheme.

5 - Statutory Applications
With the scope and concept of the project agreed we will advance the concept design to the level of detail needed to submit formal planning applications to the local authority.

Typically a project will need one or more of the following applications;

-Planning application (Change of use or modification of existing building fabric)
-Advertisement Consent Application.
-Listed Building Consent Application.
-Building Regulations Application.

Its important to get any formal applications in as soon as we are able, as these often dictate the time-scales of the building programme.

6 - Detailed Design
We develop the design to a detailed level where your contractor can provide you with a firm cost for each element of your project.

We will work with you to develop the finer details of the project including sourcing of materials, furniture design and specification, equipment and architectural detailing.

At the end of this stage you will have a comprehensive pack of design information that forms the basis of your agreement with both us, and the contractor who will build your scheme.

7 - Contract Period
The project starts on site, with the blueprint developed in the detailed design phases. This is often the most exciting phase as you see your vision come to life.

We won’t lie. Things can and do change on site. Often new opportunities present themselves. The way we design with you means that changes at the construction phase are tweaks rather than U-turns. We’ve already explored the options together in the concept phase.

Even so, we want to be on site with you regularly to make sure we spot things that will help the space come to life for you and your business.

8 - As Built
There is always a degree of modification to any plans once the project proceeds on site. We will record what has changed and issue you with a final set of drawings and information that you will need to keep for your records.

This document is the starting point for what comes next.

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