We begin our design projects by having a consultation with our prospective client(s). At the consultation, our main focus is to understand the story behind our client (s) project and the goals they would like to achieve. The meeting also serves as an opportunity for the client to ask questions and express their ideas.
Generally, one or two client meetings occur during this phase to develop the budget, schedule, scope of work and the team involved. We then we’ll discuss the applicable services and fees and expectations. Once the client approves we then get into Design Development.
Before we can begin we like to determine if your project requires a building permit. If required, we place permit and city requirements at the forefront of all projects to ensure timely turnarounds and to avoid any disruptions during construction. The property information will be sufficiently reviewed with architects and engineers to establish building code requirements and if there are any specifics and/or restrictions such as occupancy increase, variances, etc. Fees for permit preparation, coordination and application are additional to any interior design fees.
We believe in transparency and simplicity. A thorough proposal will be provided to the client including the rate for all design work. This includes design drawings and specifications for the construction build. Procurement, Value Engineering and Project Management services are also available under a separate agreement.
We then take into consideration all parameters discussed at the consultation and begin preparing a creative strategy and program layout.
At this phase we begin to develop themes and moods as well as work with architects and engineers to establish a systematic floor plan and prepare for any building permits.
We then conclude this phase by presenting to the client all the information gathered along with a developed concept, mood board, samples and proposed layouts and plan to develop the design.
At this phase of all our design projects we work diligently to ensure all feedback, requirements and changes are reflected in the final drawings and specifications. It requires little involvement from the client as the work is being generated by our team through computer software programs and a material approval process with our preferred suppliers and trades. There will likely be several site visits to confirm all dimensions are accurate and any on site changes are recorded in the drawings. The final package will include approved permit drawings (if applicable), interior design drawings and specifications along with any supporting renderings or special material samples.
Once approved by the client (s), we are not ready to submit for a building permit. We suggest a minimal 1 month timeline for the permit process as there could be a significant amount of coordination with consultants and city reviewers to confirm all building code requirements are met. This may also result in changes to the interior design documents which will need to be reflected by the design team. Upon building permit approval, client will receive all the approved drawings.
If included in the design fees, this is where the design team works with the contractor and the client to ensure all procurement and project management are completed according to plan. This is not a mandatory phase of the design process however it is highly recommended.
Our intention is to always stay connected with the client via email and phone to guarantee all questions are answered and timelines are being met. We will always opperate towards an effective working relationship with the contractor so ideas are easily shared and problems are easily resolved.
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