The first step is a face-to-face meeting, for which there’s no charge if you’re local. It’s your opportunity to see if we click, and to ask all those important questions before you commit. It’s usually no more than an hour. I will then provide a fixed price for stages one and two of the design process.
STAGE ONE: TAKING YOUR BRIEF
This stage is all about getting inside your head (and everyone else who uses the space). Understanding your needs, your vision, your individual tastes, your pet hates…the list goes on. I’ll write this all up and share it with you, which often sparks further thoughts.
I then put together a Pinterest page of images for you to look at and feedback what you like and don’t like. Most of my clients really enjoy this stage, and it’s great for me to understand more about your interior design preferences.
STAGE TWO: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENTATION
At the start of this stage I’ll present you with a simple design statement that will give you a clear idea of where I’m heading with your project. This is a written description of the space, accompanied by a few images and samples to bring it to life.
If you’re happy with this then I start developing your design. If you’re not, we discuss why, and I start again or tweak what we’ve got, to get to something that you’re excited about.
I then fine tune this concept into a detailed design that you’ll love. I put together a lighting scheme and select all of the furnishings, fixtures, and finishes. Every aspect of the room is considered, and factored into your design.
To bring this to life I present hand made mood boards to you, with drawings of the room, fabric samples, pictures and a floor plan. You’ll also receive a detailed specification and complete breakdown of costs for the items included in the design.
STAGE THREE: PREPARATION, PLANNING AND DOCUMENTATION
This stage is all about planning. Specifications and tender documents will be drawn up for construction, lighting, electrics, joinery and any other required services. I then obtain quotations, time scales and plan an overall schedule of works.
I’ll provide specification drawings for bespoke products. And liaison with the relevant planning authorities and building control will be instigated at this stage, if necessary.
I also draw up a detailed budget that includes all labour costs. You sign off what you want included in the design and I then purchase all the items and schedule their delivery.
STAGE FOUR: IMPLEMENTATION: PROJECT MANAGEMENT, CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETION
This final stage is the build or work itself. It’s my job to manage the build process to time and budget – to take this stressful element of renovation off your plate. I conduct all the liaison with the tradesmen, make site visits to verify project quality and progress, and give you regular updates.
Once the work is all finished, I oversee the delivery of all the furniture, window dressings and accessories. Finally, the finishing touches are taken care of and I style the room to complete the transformation. It’s then yours to enjoy for many years.
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