THE DESIGN PROCESS
A project begins with you.
getting to know the client
Through a series of conversations to understand context, we will discuss how design decisions will communicate spirit, increase function and enhance flow in your home. This involves an exchange of rich and detailed imagery along with commentary and conversation to determine the values that matter most to you. A complete survey will be taken for site analysis. We will develop a project scope and build a program to estimate budget and timeline for the project.
From the survey and determined scope, we will explore the full potential and opportunities of your space. A series of diagrams will be developed to illustrate potential interventions, while drawings will elaborate on how the integration of furnishings inform the use and feel of a room. From a series of presentations the project will be refined and come into focus.
Interior and architectural detailing formulates the palette of finishes that will define the personality of the spaces. Existing spaces will be taken into consideration to create a dialogue with new interventions. Key furniture elements will be identified to build a room from. Architectural components such as flooring and finishes will be compiled as an assemblage of samples. Each element plays a role in a complete palette. Everything has a color, a form, and a character. The sum of all parts will be the personality of your home and it is important to keep the discussion of architecture and interiors alive simultaneously to work towards a wholistic vision.
furniture selections and construction
Many people consider furniture selections to be the fun part, and it is! If you are new to the process, you may be surprised to learn that this also involves an astonishing amount of details that have to be dreamed up, engineered, and managed before they can be realized. That is the great benefit of working with a designer to refine the appropriate options. The quality of each piece has implications for the immediate users, but also for your community of crafts people / makers, and the environment. We will walk through all of it together!
Here we will also enter into any architectural modifications, depending on scope. This may include opening walls, integrating new audio/visual equipment, introducing new lighting, replacing or refinishing floors, tile, or cabinetry, and paint to name a few! It is common to continue to review finishes once construction has begun since your space will be stripped of the familiar materials and may influence how you perceive the space. Working with a skilled and communicative contractor will improve your experience tremendously as they will now be a major part of the team.
Installation day will come, but not before many months of negotiations, working with fabricators, debating materials, making purchases, and waiting for items to arrive. When the time comes, we will coordinate a move-in day where the dream will become a reality! Everything will be placed from rugs and sofas to artwork. In the end, you will know more about the building you inhabit and about how you and your family will grow within it.