Almost all projects, whatever their size, divide into the same three stages.
Time spent in planning a project is never wasted.
The brief is vital to the project, and whether it is for soft furnishing a single room, refurbishing an existing property or building a brand new home it is vital to include as much as possible in the original scope of work. The first step is to meet you, the client, and agree the brief. There we listen, learn about your lifestyle and your aspirations. We discuss your budget, the time frame and will be involved in achieving your goal.
The business offers a full interior design and decoration service which is essentially limitless. Our clients can decide whether our team will lead the project or be part of an existing team.
A soft furnishing project may involve carpets, curtains, upholstery, decorative lighting, furniture and accessories. A new build will include liaising with architects, builders and specialists, a turn-key or rental will include a full inventory specific to the property. A refurbishment may include new kitchen, bathrooms and electrical layouts. We may need to advise on planning, listed building and other consents. We specialise in high quality joinery work such as bespoke kitchens, studies, bathrooms and dressing rooms, all of which have to be planned with great care.
We have to consider the implementation of the project. We have our own team of experienced tradesmen and craftsmen from joiners to curtainmakers and electricians to upholsters. Some of them we have worked with for nearly 30 years. However, our clients may already have builders and other trades in mind and these should be involved at the earliest possible moment.
Once we have agreed the brief we provide a fee proposal summarising the brief, the stages involved, our own services and our fees together with our Terms and Conditions of Business. As Design Practise Members of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) we are bound by their Code of Conduct and obliged to carry the necessary insurances.
As soon as this is approved we move on to the design stage.
The design stage is the creative one. It also involves gathering information ready for pricing and timetabling.
Some clients want to be very much involved whilst others prefer an arms length approach. Client meetings can take place throughout this stage on site, at our offices or visiting showrooms and suppliers.
The information required may involve other specialists and consultants such as lighting, audio/visual, landscaping designers, surveyors and structural engineers along with preparation of any of the following:
Once the schemes and costs have been submitted and approved we proceed to the third stage
Implimentation and installation are the tasks which we seek to perform with the minimum stress to our clients and maximum impact on completion.
Once the scope of work and costs have been approved the implementation stage can begin. The building work and interior decoration will happen in tandem, and we will always be candid about the amount of time they should take. Our aim is to deliver every project on time and on budget.
In order to carry out the work we may include any of the following:
Visit our Fees page for information on how we cost projects.
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