This page explains the three stages of our interior design and project management service. We start with a free initial consultation, then move on to the design and specification stage, before completing with 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 choose to engage our services, we draw up a formal proposal for Stage 2, confirming our design fee. If you are content with this, Stage 2 then begins.
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).
- Design an electrical layout with home network.
- Write 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 from a structural engineer and others. We oversee statutory approval for your project, and arrange a competitive tender for the work. The contractual relationship remains between you and the professionals whilst we continue to manage everything on a daily basis.
For more detailed information on the range of options available for stage 2, please read our interior design services page.
By the end of stage 2, we would have produced the technical specification, along with a quotation for stage 3. This includes 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 remain 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 arrange other trades and suppliers (such as carpet fitters and window dressers).
interior design and project management fees
Here we’ve described the three stages of interior design and project management. To see how we work in a real situation, you might like to read this home renovation case study.