Interior Designers are hired to help bring the clients’ vision to fruition. The process usually takes between 2 months and 2 years, depending on the size of the project.
An initial meeting with the clients will determine the scope of work, as well as the clients’ vision for their space. Architectural plans of new spaces will be requested from the client. Measurements and photographs of the existing spaces will be taken by the designer during a subsequent meeting. The interior designer can then prepare design drawings that can then be reviewed with the clients. A standard package of drawings includes the following:
- Floor plan of the existing space
- Floor plan of the new space (new walls, removal of walls or changes to architectural plans)
- Reflected Ceiling Plan (lighting plan)
- Electrical Plan
- Floor Finishes Plan
- Elevations of Walls (including millwork)
- Details of construction/millwork assemblies
- Schedules showing finishing materials, appliances, plumbing, mouldings, and lighting fixtures selected
When the drawing package is completed and approved by the clients, it can be sent to various contractors and trades for pricing. I can suggest contractors and trades for all of the project requirements. Once the job has been tendered, the work will be awarded to the contractor/trades of the clients’ choosing and construction can begin.
As the project continues, my job is to monitor the progress and ensure the construction follows the drawings provided. Weekly site meetings with the clients and the contractor ensures the trades are on the right track and any unforeseen site conditions can be handled in a timely manner.
When the construction crew has completed their work, the decorating stage can begin and window treatments and furniture can be installed. Decorative items can include artwork, light fixtures (ie. Chandeliers and lamps), toss pillows, bedding, linens, towels, and bookshelf styling. Before my work is done, a deficiency inspection is completed with the clients and contractor to look for areas that require paint touch-ups or adjustments. Finally, the project is completed and ready to be photographed!
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