How We Work
The Process of Interior Design
A tried and tested method
Every project is in some way unique, and so the typical work process for each scheme varies. Over the years however, we have developed a clear set of stages through which we work that guarantee a smooth running project.
In order to deliver a comprehensive design proposal, the appointed contractor needs an extremely detailed package of information including drawings, specifications, and other material to allow them to proceed onto site for the construction phase.
It’s true that we don’t always work through this entire process. For clarity of what we do as a business however, we wanted to walk you through each phase as if we were delivering a full end to end design project.
In this way you can see what’s involved from our perspective and see the important role you play in the process.
Within each stage is an element of project management which would be costed as a separate sum prior to appointment.
1 - Site Visit
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
This document is the starting point for what comes next.