The Interior Design Process

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Knowing what to expect from your interior designer and what is expected from the client makes the experience enjoyable and gratifying. Keep in mind that each project is unique, and the steps may be adjusted as needed to accommodate the different needs of each client.  

At Signature Designs, our design process is the road map of our creativity and vision for each of our clients, in a planned, organized, and coordinated documentation of all design elements, selections, and decisions made along the way. It ensures the contractor thoroughly understands the design plan and specifications.

Smaller projects may not necessitate every step in the design process to the same extent as larger projects, but they will benefit from a systematic progression through a series of steps in a logical sequence to solve the design problem.

The main phases in our design process are:

  • Programming
  • Concept Development
  • Presentation
  • Design and Documentation
  • Execution

STEP 1} Programming

Our initial meeting enables us to determine your needs, how you use the space and your expectations concerning the interior design of your home or office. During this meeting, we will go over your budget, our fees and costs, and your time frame for the completion of the project. We want you to understand how we work and know that we will be there guiding you through the design process, adding suggestions and inspiration, and making you comfortable with the experience.

We will measure your space noting the architectural details and the space impression. Equally important is photographing any pieces of furniture you plan to integrate into your new interior design. During this phase, we also discuss any ideas and thoughts you may have and evaluate any photos you may have collected that demonstrate what you envision.

STEP 2} Space Plan & Design Concept

Our next step is preparing a space plan incorporating existing pieces of furniture as well as proposed accents and furniture selections. If elevations are necessary to express an interior design concept to convey to the contractors the desired result, they will be prepared at this time.  This may include cabinet elevations, drapery designs & elevations showing tile designs, etc.

Throughout this phase we:
• Establish interior design concept and overall creative direction.
• Create sketches and gather tear sheets to communicate and clarify design intent.
• Create preliminary floor plans
• Select the finishes we will be using

STEP 3} Design Presentation & Approval

At this stage, we will present our plans and ideas for your review incorporating any samples, materials, photos, and drawings that will help you envision the end result. The presentation includes furniture selections, fabrics, area rugs, window treatments, bedding, lighting, and a color scheme. We want to be sure you are absolutely comfortable with all selections and ideas before you approve and we move forward.

Upon approval of the interior design presentation, a detailed quote itemizing all selections and costs is prepared. Once approved, the invoice signed and deposits made, then your materials are ordered, contractors are scheduled and the implementation process is set in motion.

STEP 4} Construction & Installation

Next, we turn our concepts and plans into the real thing. This phase of the design project can vary in length depending on the extent of the work needed.

During this step we will:

  • Review drawings with the builder or general contractor that you selected.
  • Review all orders with clients. If required, we place the orders or the client can place the orders.
  • Schedule and coordinate delivery and installation of wallpapers, window treatments, area rugs/carpeting, furniture, accessories, and artwork.
  • Once construction is complete, the designer will draw up a Punch List of defects to be resolved before movable furnishings, materials, and accessories are installed. 

Project Management - This is a service we offer if the client wants Signature Designs to visit job sites periodically to address any problems arising, answer any questions related to design or drawings, and ensure that the construction is proceeding in general conformity with the approved design drawings.  

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