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In case you have ANY doubts, here’s solid reasons for using an interior designer:
- Good design and planning avoids costly mistakes.
- Work efficiently and confidently to timings and budget.
- Plan well. Save time and money by planning early in the project, producing an overall design along with costs, specifications and drawings for trades to quote and work from and to make liaison between the client and trades simpler.
- Experience avoids costly mistakes.
- Most home owners or small businesses will only go through the process of refurbishing or creating a building once or twice – for over 12 years I have been helping clients design, plan and build their projects. The costs for this help are not as much as you’d think and you will save yourself money by getting in the right assistance early in your project.
- Save money and find more original finishes and furnishings.
- An interior designer will specify furnishings that are safe to use and fit for purpose. Many clients are not aware that some domestic products are not safe to use in commercial settings, plus they don’t last nearly as long as contract furniture. I can help you find the right items to suit your premises, in terms of aesthetics, safety and longevity. If ready made items aren’t available, I can design it for you and and have it made.
- A wider range of resources are available to interior designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections and suppliers. This results in a more unique look for our clients and is surprisingly affordable in comparison too!
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BRITISH INSTITUTE OF INTERIOR DESIGN member
For assurance for clients, I am a BIID Registered Interior Designer® at the British Institute of Interior Design – the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK.
This membership ensures proper practice, qualifications, knowledge, insurances & professional development. For more information on the title and also really useful guidance for clients on appointing an interior designer, please see www.biid.org.uk
INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES
I have a passion for ethical sourcing and design and can apply the theory of the WELL Building Standard to your project. These specifications do not involve animal cruelty and perform just as well (often better) without costing more. Plus if they come with with added health benefits for your home or work environment…. why wouldn’t you do it?!
Projects can be approached however you require. I can work on the whole concept from beginning to end leaving you to get on with your day job – or I can work on stages of it and you can place orders and implement yourself.
I can work with you directly, or as part of your team of consultants and professionals or I can help you to form a project team. I’d also love to collaborate with other interior designers for larger projects.
LADDER OF SERVICES:
Two hour consultations, £170
Can be used to look at solving a problem area, space planning, sourcing items, shopping together, finding tradespeople, a bespoke item or help with a colour scheme. I’ll do as much as I can in the two hours. In person (Brighton and surrounding area only) or online. Up to two hours.
Online e-design consultations, starts at £250
For clients further away I can help remotely using video conferencing.
Designer for the Day, £595
This best fits a residential project. We meet at your home at 10am. You brief me on what you need help with, I take dimensions and we go out to make selections and/or search online. We’ll break for a bite to eat. I’ll summarise the selections and we’ll finish at 3pm. I’ll then follow up a working day later with bullet-point action points to help you with the next steps.
Consultancy, starts at £85/hour
Consultancy could be working on a small targeted section of a project, a fixture design or on problem areas of a project for you to then implement yourself. You might just need help with space planning an area. I can help as little or as much as needed. This option is good for those projects with tighter budgets. You can set the amount of hours. For longer projects, you’ll receive a weekly timesheet from me and we can monitor the budget together. You may want my input only at specific points through the project.
Collaboration, starts at £85/hour
I can join your team of professionals to deliver the interior design part of a wider project.
Full service interior design, typically ranges from £9,000 to £28,000
The best route to a successful and efficient project always is to involve the interior designer from the early planning stages right through to completion.
I also offer an alcohol licensing drawing service for commercial premises who need a drawing to support their licensing application.
Each is different so I will give a quote once I’ve seen the premises, but typically they start at £225 for a small shop with a storeroom (on the same floor).
Medium shop / small restaurant with a basement £300 – £400. They rarely cost more than £450. No VAT.
I generally can survey and produce the drawing within a week to 10 days of the enquiry. I just need daytime access between Monday – Friday.
WORKING WITH ME
Typically, the 9 steps below show how a project is progressed from beginning to end. Obviously there are variations and scales of this depending on the Scope Of Works.
The most successful projects have been the ones where I’m involved at an early planning stage. It means I can influence room layouts and the journey through the space. It really helps to join all elements together such as branding. I can look at the feasibility of the space to suit your business plan before a lease is even signed.
Initially I’ll send you an intake questionnaire to complete to start forming the brief. This helps me with dates, budgets, timings, brief but it also lists the areas of sustainable, healthy and cruelty free specifications which are important to you and your project. This is completed ready for step 1.
1. BRIEFING AND SITE VISITS
Meet with client to discuss the previously completed new client questionnaire and to form brief. Attend site to make observations. Survey carried out if required.
2. INTERIOR DESIGN CONCEPT
Work on concept to meet interior design brief; producing mood boards, finish samples, plans and elevations where required.
3. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND SOURCING
Following progress meeting with client, refine concept and source furniture, finishes and lighting for final presentation and client sign off. Supply costs where possible.
4. DETAIL DRAWINGS AND SPECIFICATION
Produce necessary drawings for quotes and subsequent project implementation.
Drawing pack could include general layout with furniture, small power drawing, reflected ceiling plan (lighting layout), radiator layout, decoration and flooring layouts, and builders work drawing if work is that extensive. If required, produce drawings for any bespoke furniture items and door & ironmongery schedule.
5. TRADES LIAISON
Meet tradespeople on site to discuss proposed work. Adjust drawings if necessary.
Tradespeople are usually client’s own, but recommendations can be made depending on location.
Produce purchasing schedule (FF&E) to help client with ordering finishes, furniture and any other furnishings.
Buy items on client’s behalf if required. Where genuine trade discounts mean a saving for clients, items can be bought on the client’s behalf (subject to terms and conditions).
Attend site to receive deliveries and oversee installation of furniture (by Suppliers).
7. DESIGNER ON SITE
To ensure accurate implementation of visual concept, progress meetings will be attended as required throughout the project to site handover to client.
Attend site to receive deliveries and oversee installation of furniture, fittings and equipment (by Suppliers). Finishing touches.
9. CLIENT BINDER
Ensure all relevant inclusions are given to the client as part of the file. This includes ‘As Built’ drawings, specification sheets, manuals (where applicable), cleaning and maintenance instructions.
For ease and full visibility of projects – all parties involved are given exclusive access to the project on the online design portal. Here, project documents such as mood boards, drawings, spreadsheets, photos and specification sheets are stored for the client and contractors to view.
Client portal introduction