PRIVATE RESIDENCES: DESIGN PROCESS OUTLINE
- Review designer qualifications & process
- Ensure Client & Designer are comfortable with personality fit
- Discuss scope of project, goals and objectives
- A digital copy of floor plans is required for designer’s reference while drafting fee proposal
- Meet to discuss:
- aesthetic – review images collected by Client, identifying consistencies in preferences and dislikes. (try Houzz for a great source of inspiration images) The more information supplied by the Client at this planning stage, the smoother and more successful the process!
- function – discuss requirements for individuals who will be living in the space, including pets, especially those for kitchens
- budget – determine general price ranges such as laminate vs. stone counters, review contractor’s overall budget numbers for fixture packages
- establish priorities on a wish list of items to be incorporated, including planning the space for future built-in millwork even if budget does not allow for its construction at present
- timeline for construction
- 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
- If desired, one meeting with Client at an appliance showroom
- The majority of products are normally confirmed at the first meeting as they are based on a strong concept description
- 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
- Drawing work begins only after all finish & fixture selections are confirmed. Interior drawings are based on size and design relevant to your specific selections.
- Example drawings illustrate how drawings are coded to refer to the spec document
- Design drawings help clients visualize the final product. Cabinet shop drawings will be more rudimentary and only provide part of the picture. Design details give us more ability to control the final outcome and lessen the margin for misunderstandings and error in the fabrication process.
- Planning ahead by drafting these details allows us to verify that we can incorporate functional requirements into kitchens and bathrooms.
- Drawings alert us to things we might not think of until the time of installation and help us 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?
- Preparation and presentation of items in Scope of Work
- Respond to client calls and emails
- Ensure all items followed up on in timely fashion and details forwarded to contractor
- Respond to on-site inquiries
- Review installations
- Review cabinetry shop drawings
The design process for a full house takes approximately 4 months and is ideally complete prior to start of construction. A low-stress experience and a home that reflects your needs and preferences is far more likely with adequate planning time and an efficient, systematic design process.