HOW WE WORK
Every client and every building is different and your needs will help shape what approach we take. Needless to say we are passionate about creating interiors that are uniquely different. Interiors which are creative, that challenge, inspire and push your design boundaries whilst respecting the property whether that is an older period or listed property or a newer build. We believe in intertwining the past into the present regardless of the age of your property and combining this with first class customer service for both residential and commercial projects.
As a general rule, the process is as follows but our uniquely different service is tailored to suit your requirements.
1. Initial meeting
This is where we will meet you and your property. It is a chance for you to get to know us and for us to understand what you are looking for in a no obligation, informal manner so that you can share your ideas and dreams with us so that we can then create a design brief. During this meeting it is beneficial to understand your budget, any planning considerations and timescales to help shape your project.
Following the initial meeting we will produce a design brief to ensure we fully understand your requirements along with a quote and anticipated timescales. It is a great opportunity to assess the work involved and answer any outstanding questions regarding the approach. We are passionate about ensuring we deliver a first class service which is tailored to you and we want you to be comfortable with the proposal and the stages involved in the project.
3. Design concepts
Upon approval of the proposal and schedule, a key element to the design process is collating inspiration and ideas taking into consideration the provenance of your property and the design brief. These are presented as inspiration boards so that you can review them and comment on what you like and don't like so that we fully understand your style preferences. It is really helpful for us to see if there are any designs and styles that you have not considered previously but are drawn to and conversely anything that leaves you cold and uncomfortable. It is a great opportunity to explore your personality and how this can be extended to your property. If it is a commercial property it is equally important to help validate who your target market is and what they might be drawn towards whilst ensuring that your brand shines through.
Taking the time to review the design inspiration is important to ensure we are both on the same page about what you are looking for and which direction we should take the design brief. Using images is a great tool to help visualise different design styles and how they could be incorporated into your space before any detailed design work is undertaken and products identified.
This is very much a collaborative process and we encourage you to share your thoughts in a relaxed conversation.
4. Detailed design
Irrespective of whether there is any remodelling, extension or reworking of your property a site survey will be undertaken to take detailed measurements and produce any required technical drawings of the rooms involved to help with spatial planning. Detailed analysis of the spaces/rooms is then undertaken to review the layouts to establish the optimum design for each room. It is vital to ensure any items sourced will fit comfortably whilst understanding elements like sun trajectory and how natural light impacts the space. It also allows for any specific measurements to be taken of any furniture that will remain, window dressing requirements etc.
Design concepts are then produced incorporating presentation boards (sometimes referred to as moodboards) and detailed product specifications often called furniture, fixtures, and equipment (or FF&E) which outline the product, price, stockist, delivery time etc. per item selected for each room/area are produced. This is a useful tool to understand how and where the budget would be spent.
The information produced at this stage supports the engagement of suppliers and service providers to turn your dreams into a reality and produce schedules of work for any contractors (builders, plumbers, electricians, bespoke furniture, soft furnishings and curtain makers).
Again we welcome feedback so if there any elements that need changing or alternatives sourced we will go through all the information with you to finalise the design.
5. Project management
Overseeing the design being turned into a reality is a service we provide and this can be beneficial to ensure the vision we have created comes to life. Should you prefer to undertake this work yourself the design concepts and FF&E are packaged and sent to you so that you can use these to manage the work yourself. We understand this is often the fun part of the project and something you may want to have direct control over and whilst we would be delighted to help you with it that is very much a personal choice. However, for many, this part of the process can be one long headache and we are here to help. We can take charge of the logistics of overseeing the work, ordering items and receiving deliveries and performing quality checks. Whilst good planning can help minimise delays and prevent unknowns there is always the risk of something being delayed or needing to be reordered or unforeseen work needing to be managed and dealing with the impact of this can be difficult, especially if you are trying to juggle a job and life at the same time. We have a wealth of experience in managing projects and would love to take the burden away from you and oversee the work to ensure the design concepts you signed off are realised.