Our design process

Interior design steps – How we can help

We offer a full interior design service, and in order to help you get the most out of your budget we have a flexible approach to our work. Whether you are looking for a restaurantretail or commercial interior designer we can guide you through the interior design steps and help make your space as good as it can be.

Design Approach

Design stages are a way of mapping out the design process, so that clients know what to expect at every point in the project. This is how it works:

Step 1. The Design Brief

We think the best way to start a project is with a design brief. This sets out the parameters of what the client wants from the interior designer, as well as the size and scope of the project. The most helpful design briefs cover the points set out below:

  1. Objectives and goals of the new design
  2. Budget and schedule
  3. Target audience
  4. Scope of the project
  5. Who are your competitors?
  6. Overall style/look
  7. Any definite ‘Do not’s

Step 2. Our First Meeting

Our first meeting can be on the site in question or in Lewes, where we are based. At the meeting we will talk through the design brief and fill in any gaps. We will also answer any questions you may have about things like planning applications, services, timescale etc. Following our first meeting you will probably know whether or not you want to use our services. If you are happy to go ahead we then put together an estimate setting out how much time we think the project will take, and the cost of that time.

Step 3. Concept Design

Following a survey or the acquisition of the relevant drawings we can start the concept design. This will firstly involve the planning of the space, followed by interior and exterior visuals, sample / mood boards to help explain the feel of the space, and possibly sections and sketches. Once the concept design is complete we can normally make any necessary planning applications.

Step 4. Technical Drawings

The technical drawings stage is where we work through the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the interior design. These drawings must reflect the budget and ensure work can be priced accurately by the contractor.

Step 5. Site Meetings

Once a project has been priced and a contractor chosen we can commence with the fitting out of the site. We are very happy to come to a site for weekly meetings, or on a more ad hoc basis. When the site is near completion we would always recommend that we and the client, together with the site foreman, take a walk around and compile a snagging list. After the snagging items are completed and all of the commissioning certificates are issued we can hand the site back to you so that you can open up…