We offer a home renovation project management service for clients looking to refurbish their homes. There are three levels:
- full interior design and project management;
- project management of a third party design;
interior design and project management
Most clients engage us to design and deliver their entire home renovation. This starts with our concepts and designs, leading to project management of the complete implementation. You can read more about all the services we provide on our renovation services page.
To help readers understand what we do in a real project, we produced this home renovation case study which you may be interested to read; it takes you through our engagement from concept to completion.
We project manage a whole build, or just a single room, like this kitchen below. Here we designed, supplied and project managed the complete refurbishment.
project management of a third party design
For those who already have a design (perhaps a client’s own, or from an architect), we provide a direct project management service to manage the implementation. We act as our client’s agent, overseeing the contractors and trades on site. In this way we can also impart our interior design knowledge to help with products and finishes.
We offer part-time consultancy usually for clients managing their own build, so they don’t need to pay a full project management fee. Clients find it useful to tap into advice as and when they need it, and it’s always a good idea to have an independent, dispassionate body around to help.
A case in point was this recent new build where we assisted the clients through the design stage, producing all the interior design features including lighting, flooring, electrics, home network, kitchen and bathroom design, and so on. To save money, the clients chose to manage the contractors themselves, with us on call for ongoing support. We identified products for them to use and negotiated discounts with our regular suppliers, whilst providing advice on tiles, skirtings, front doors, colours, carpets and a whole host of other features.
house renovation project management
We prefer to be engaged from the start of a project. Logically, the person who created the design, and has the vision of the completed scheme, should see the project through from start to finish. That’s what we do for most of our engagements. This begins with initial concepts, progressing to design and then to planning approval for more extensive projects. Here, we engage structural engineers, architects, and Party Wall surveyors. We then carry out competitive tenders and oversee contractors and trades. In these cases we are intimately involved in all the details from beginning to end.
project Management for Interior Design Projects
Nick is a PRINCE2-qualified project manager (the acronym standing for PRojects IN Controlled Environments – 2; an internationally recognised project management qualification). He has managed multi-billion pound mega-projects in his previous life and now applies those principles to more creative house renovations with a significantly shorter timeframe! The basic approach is the same whether the project value is £1Bn, £10m or £10 000. You need a concept, a requirement, a specification, sufficient funds, a supplier (contractor), a contract, project controls, a schedule, and acceptance of the finished renovation. You then check that the project is running to schedule, oversee deliveries, check quality, manage change and monitor payments. That’s what we do for you. For a more general overview of the interior design role, please read our article entitled What is an Interior Designer?
Whilst the contract for quality, timescale and price remains between the client and contractor, we act as contract administrator. We co-ordinate activities on a day to day basis, checking communication between all parties. If we have been involved from the start, we would also supply floors, kitchens, bathrooms, soft furnishings, home entertainment and other supply items at the right time in the schedule.
Project management fees
As a guide, our full project management fees are typically 10-15% of the total price of the project. We then offer two main levels of consultancy: one which amounts to around £440 per month plus VAT (based on 1 site visit per week), and a second which amounts to £240 per month plus VAT (based on 1 hour per week telephone and email support). Any time over and above these consultancy periods would be charged at £60 per hour plus VAT.