Interior design, the process.

You may know what you want to do for your renovation, but you are not quite sure where to begin. The first thing is to find a professional interior designer. An interior designer can help you with a well thought out plan to help you avoid costly mistakes such as furniture that is too large, colours that are not working and contractors who don’t do quality work. An interior designer will introduce you to new ideas and solutions that you never would have thought of.

Here’s a brief outline of the real phases an interior design project moves through so you know what to expect before you begin, so that you feel comfortable with the process. 


The design process starts with an initial meeting with you at your project site or their show room. This meeting is important so that they can listen to your ideas and desires for your project. An interior designer will need a lot of information from you, such as a verbal descriptions of your likes and dislikes, images that express your style and vision of what you would like your finished renovation to look & feel like. Get images from magazine, web-sites, photographs and sketches. Be as thorough as you can with what you want so that the interior designer will be able to provide a design that best suits your project. Now that the designer has all you ideas and desires, a design service contract can be drawn up. 


The next phase is to start with the actual design parameters. The interior designer will measure and record the space to be changed. They will arrange meetings with the Architect and building contractors to work through the fine details. From these measurements and meets, preliminary schematic design drawings are made. An interior designer will most likely provide you with 2-4 designs to look at. After discussing the drawings with you they will then make further modifications to the drawings to address any physical, aesthetic or budgetary issues you may have raised. Once you are happy and approved the design, the designer will discuss what specific fittings and fixtures you what. (i.e. cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, appliances, furniture, color schemes, etc.). The master plan is then completed and a submittal drawing will be given to the contractor and you,. You will now need to apply for  all necessary permits that will be need for your renovation. (if required). The interior designer will now order all the necessary fittings and fixtures for the renovation project.


When you receive all the permits needed, the contractor will schedule with you to begin the installation. The interior designer will remain involved and liaison with you and your contractor to assist in the problem solving or any changes that may occur on site.

Finally you have come to the end of the project. The designer will do the walk through to find any problems or snags and get them repaired or finished. If everything is good and you are totally happy with the finished product you will need to do the payment. There are generally 2 payments, the deposit and the final payment. The deposit is done at the beginning just before work start and the final payment is right at the end.

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