DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: DESIGN PROCESS OUTLINE
- Review designer qualifications & process
- Ensure client & designer are comfortable with personality fit
- Discuss scope of project, goals and objectives
- Client supplies a floor plan for designer’s reference while drafting fee proposal
- Fixed fee proposal provided with detailed Scope of Work
- Written approval of proposal forms a contract for design services
- Client provides deposit to initiate work
- Meet to discuss:
- aesthetic – target market & sales info
- function – discuss functional requirements to be included as selling features, often for kitchens
- budget – confirm per square foot price limits and fixture package numbers
- suppliers – confirm builder’s preferred suppliers so that preliminary pricing can be obtained for products
- time restrictions – timeline for submitting specifications, drawings, display set-up
- Designer establishes guiding concept with a written summary and images, describing the feeling of the environment to be created, along with a pragmatic summary of how to execute the selection of finishes and fixtures and the design of the physical layout
- Upon Client approval of concept, Designer proceeds with product selection
- Designer selects finishes & fixtures based on approved concept
- Products presented using samples & images
- Any items for revision are noted and a time determined for follow-up meeting to finalize selections
- Specification document drafted based on above selections and coded to coordinate with drawings
- Document will be expanded as detail drawings proceed with the addition of kitchen insert hardware, washroom accessory quantities, etc.
- Typical Scope of Work lists types of details included
- Example drawings illustrate how drawings are coded to refer to the spec document
- Design details give us more ability to control the final outcome and lessen the margin for misunderstandings and error in the fabrication process.
- Drawings alert us to things we might not think of until the time of installation and help avoid problems. Just a few for example:
- will the door casing run into a counter top or need to be cut to fit a tight corner?
- will the refrigerator door fail to open all the way because it is located too close to a wall?
- is there adequate wall space to place towel bars within easy reach of sink?
- can furniture be placed in a functional manner with adequate clearance in traffic zones?
- Respond to client calls and emails
- Respond to on-site inquiries
- Review installations
- Review cabinet shop drawings (review & approval does not infer liability by the designer in association with these documents)