People are often surprised at the amount of work a designer takes on with every project. Along with creating floor plans, I work with clients, builders, architects, contractors, manufacturers, and the trades on all aspects of the project. Having me do all of the work actually saves time and money in the long run, when I know a product will live up to our expectations, and clients count on me to get it done right. I work with architects and builders tweaking plans and adding in all the finishes and materials like electrical, plumbing, lighting placement finish work with them. My expertise carries over to the final building process. I will help coordinate with the trades and be available to answer questions. I am also the last one to check everything over to ensure that every last detail is correct.
It all starts with an idea. Whether you are building a new home or business or renovating the one you have, you’ve decided to work with an interior design professional. I want to help you understand what you’re taking on, so here is the process you can expect, because after all, we’ll be in this together.
But before we meet, start thinking about what you want. Put together a file of photos of rooms, colours, fabrics, etc. that you love.
During our first meeting, I’m going to get to know all about your house or business. I’ll take measurements and find out things like how do you use this space. During this meeting, I’ll determine how big your project is, also known as scope of work, and we’ll look at the photos you’ve been collecting to determine what you really want. We will then work together to determine a budget and an action plan.
It’s now up to me to take the findings from our meeting and start development of the design. When I present it you’ll know I understand exactly what you are looking for. This is also when any changes can be discussed and if I have to go back to the drawing board to incorporate any changes you may have.
With all things taken into account, and the design development clarified, we then generate plans. These plans clarify your vision precisely and will be essential throughout the process to the contractor, trades, and you.
Now that I am more familiar with you and your space, it’s time to get down to the real work. This decision-making process brings you closer to the final vision. We’ll work together to select specific colours, furniture, materials, finishes, fixtures, window covering and lighting, etc. This list may be large or small depending on the scope of work. Every part of this process has its own schedule, but I work hard to bring it all together to give you exactly what you want.
The Grand Finale
Quality takes time. I endeavour to make things happen smoothly and quickly but good design takes time to create and build, like a long-term relationship. Soon you’ll see it’s worth it. When it’s complete, I’ll consider it a success when you fall in love with your new space. It’s a reflection of you.