OUR DESIGN PROCESS
The design process can vary depending on scope and size of project but is
typically comprised of the following steps:
PROGRAMMING // analysis
Programming is typically done in our first site meeting/consultation. We will explore your goals, gather + analyze facts, specify your needs, and present the solutions. This is also where we discuss your budget and project timeline.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN // space planning
Our favourite! Drafting and space planning is one of the most crucial fundamentals of interior design. Upon receipt of the approved Scope of Work and retainer, we begin to piece together the programming phase to create a functional, efficient and seamless layout. We will also provide preliminary finishes for review so you get a sense of everything coming together.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT // details
After approval of the layout we will begin to solidify each room, floor to ceiling, with finishes, hardware and custom millwork. This includes all of the corresponding drawings, elevations and details. It is the Interior Design Consultant's duty to
properly outline the design intent to the GC and trades.
CONTRACT DOCUMENTS // responsibilities
Contract documents define the roles and responsibilities of the designer and the trades. These may include: construction plans, ceiling plans, power + data, elevations, sections + details, doors, finish, + millwork schedules, and complete finish, plumbing, lighting + equipment specifications. These documents are vital to the success of any project, large or small.
TENDER // bidding + permit
Invitation - If the client doesn't already have a contractor hired or in mind for the project and wants to
explore a few options, we would submit the contract documents to a few contractors, arrange site visits,
communicate, review + analyze, award the project and finally, prepare any cost cuts (if required).
Proprietary - in this case, the client has a contractor already chosen.
We would then follow the same steps as above but only with one contractor.
Formal - we invite contractors to bid, arrange site visits, communicate, issue addenda and respond to RFIs.
Once all bids are received we will review and provide an analysis to help you award the project.
This is typically only required on publicly funded projects.
PROJECT ADMINISTRATION // manage
Clients often think this final phase isn't required. You'd be surprised how often the Interior Design Consultant is
contacted during construction. Issues and changes often crop up and need to be addressed.
We work closely with our clients + trades to ensure proper execution of the project.
We are available every step of the way to provide answers and solutions, including site visits and piece of mind.
"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication."