This page explains the three stages of our interior design and project management process. A typical engagement comprises a free initial consultation stage, the design and specification stage, and the project delivery stage.
Stage 1 – Initial Consultation
Each enquiry begins with a free initial 1-2 hour consultation (depending on cups of tea), where we:
- Get to know each other
- Hear your ideas and reasons for the proposed changes
- Review the general character of the property
- Show you some examples of previous work
- Clarify, in broad terms, what you hope to achieve
- Identify the budget available
If you are happy to engage us in principle, we would draw up a formal proposal for Stage 2, confirming our design fee. If you are content with this, Stage 2 can proceed.
Stage 2 – Design and Specification
During stage 2, we would:
- Work with you to check and confirm your more detailed requirement.
- Carry out a measured survey of the home.
- Produce a floor plan for each space.
- Obtain samples to show you.
- Produce 3D visuals for each space (see our architectural visualisation page for examples).
- Produce an electrical layout with home network.
- Produce a detailed specification.
- Provide a price estimate for Stage 3.
For more extensive projects, we produce schematics and submit planning applications to the Council. On your behalf, we engage specialist support, such as from a structural engineer or Party Wall surveyor. We oversee achievement of necessary statutory approval for your project, and hold a competitive tender between building contractors. In these cases, the contractual relationship remains between you and each professional whilst we continue to manage everything on a daily basis.
For more detailed information on the range of options available for stage 2, we would invite you to read our interior design services page.
At the end of stage 2, we would have produced the technical specification, along with a quotation for stage 3. This would include the contractor’s price for delivering the project along with our project management fee and anticipated prices for supply of furnishings and fittings. We always aim to identify a fixed price for stage 3, recognising that a few Prime Cost and provisional sums may be outstanding for requirements yet to be finalised.
Stage 3 – Project Delivery
Once the quotation for stage 3 is agreed, we oversee the work.
For simpler projects, we engage all the trades and manage the implementation, supplying and installing furnishings and fittings as required.
For more extensive projects, we act as contract administrator for the formal contract between the client and the building contractor. We check that the contractor meets the technical specification, applies quality control and progresses against the schedule. We also remain responsible for trades and suppliers in other areas of the project (such as carpet fitters and window dressers).
interior design and project management fees
This page has taken you through the three stages of interior design and project management. To help clients to see how we work in a real situation, we documented this home renovation case study which you may be interested to read.