“Working through functional and aesthetic issues is a lot easier and less costly on paper then later during construction.”
We love to get involved when the preliminary floor plans arrive. You’ve already shared with architect and/or builder many of your functional and aesthetic requirements. As interior designers, we need to learn these as well. Also your existing inventory that you wish to incorporate is noted. One of the first things we do is to do a space plan analysis of the preliminary plan. This means furniture studies: does the layout work for good TV viewing? Will your bedroom furniture fit? Is the kitchen wide enough for your dream island…
We review with homeowner and send revisions back to architect or builder.
In common scenarios, the home’s cost is largely based on allowances. The selection process varies depending on the builder scenario. Some construction companies run a tight ship; trying to keep as many decisions and selections in-house as possible. Some companies give full range to the homeowner with a list of preferred vendors. We have worked with clients at both ends of the spectrum and in-between.
Making decisions during the design development and construction processes can be overwhelming. Being very familiar with the process, we work on keeping ahead of the selection process. There are many areas of design needed: Kitchen and bath design, lighting, built-ins and architectural details, wall and floor finishes.
We use a variety of drawing skills and technological programs to design and help our clients visualize the final product.