We want to know what you like, what you don't like. Things that speak to you visually. Pet peeves of previous spaces that you've inhabited. We'll start this dialogue with words & then augment with pictures to make sure we're hearing exactly what you're communicating. We'll then start to collect ideas and inspiration that we think speaks directly to your project requirements & design sensibilities. Are we on the right track? If so, we will begin addressing any design challenges with an overall design concept. This concept, whether it be visual, verbal, or a combination of the two will help guide us to make design decisions further down the road.
collaborate:: design development
After the definition of a concept, we'll start to explore forms and shapes. Based on the information about your project, specific building site, and preferences, we'll start blocking out spaces. What feels most natural in terms of space relationships and circulation? When we have a lead on where to start, we'll begin planning in a two-dimensional drawing. Once we have one option that we like, we'll do two, three, or four more renditions. Don't you love having options?! If, however, you're having a hard time deciding, we can help you weigh out the pros and cons of each design option until we narrow in on what works best for your project.
So, we've got an idea of where we're headed at this point. Now comes the fun part: visualizing exactly what the space could be. We'll start work on three-dimensional drawings (in full color) to give you a sense of scale, proportion, and color of the space. We'll start to refine details like millwork and fixtures as well. Next comes specifications; we carefully select every finish surface in the space. Emphasis is placed on durability, budget requirements, and aesthetics. After your stamp of approval, we'll work with the architect to make sure that what you see in 3d is what you get.
During construction, we're there the whole way through. We want to make sure that the contractor understands and implements the design; we make site visits to check-in. In most cases, regular site visits, can save the contractor (and you!) time and money by clearing up any lingering questions.
After the dust settles and construction is complete we do a walkthrough with the project team to make sure that every detail has been buttoned up. We even like to keep in close contact within 1-3 months after move-in to see if there are any other ways that we can help.