The interior design process involves a lot more than simply making a space look pretty. In many ways, it is an amalgamation of several different activities: design and construction, of course, but also management of all the financial, safety, legal and administrative details that make concepts and drawings actually come to life in the most functional, appealing and profitable way.
If you search online, you can come up with a generic “interior design process” that moves through conceptual ideation to design and then construction phases, but here at Key Interiors, we put a little more thought into it all. We elaborate on the traditional bid process so that our clients remain fully engaged at every step of their new build or remodel journey.
Take a look at our own proprietary turnkey construction and interior design process here at Key Interiors:
Phase 1: No-Obligation Initial Visit with Client
Our interior design process begins with a complimentary meeting with the prospective client. During this discovery meeting, we seek to understand the unique aspects of each project and the motivation behind them. Before providing feedback, our design and construction experts encourage clients to share their ideas and goals for the project and ask questions. This dialog allows us to align our services precisely with the needs of each project and lay the foundation for a successful potential partnership.
Phase 2: Space Plan and High-Level Budgeting
In many cases, we offer a no-obligation space plan along with a general, preliminary project budget and schedule. Feedback from the client on the information presented in this stage is critical in understanding if the project can be executed within the client’s budgetary and scheduling requirements.
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Phase 3: Design Engagement Terms Discussion and Approval
At this stage, we hope evidence of our expertise and experience moves potential clients to say, “Let’s go for it!” We would then present and seek approval for a nominal design fee based on estimated project value and scope. This gives the client unfettered access to a dedicated member of our design team.
Phase 4: Design Document Development
With full input from the client, we work to create a detailed, professional design plan with in-depth renderings and drawings that meets all safety and legal regulations as detailed by the buildout site and/or its local jurisdiction. We also make every attempt to incorporate solutions for each of the unique needs of the client, ultimately presenting a design plan that addresses the functional needs of a project while still demonstrating the individual style of each client.
Phase 5: Forensic Costing
This phase could necessitate a return visit to the proposed site (or space) with the client, this time including representatives from our trusted network of subcontractors and/or vendor partners. We seek to understand all site and project-specific construction and/or furniture details, including, but not limited to, costs of materials and labor and solutions for potential shortages and delays. We competitively bid this project out to multiple trades to get accurate and hard, go-to-work costs.
Phase 6: Final Negotiations and Approval
We then sit down with the client again to determine appropriate next steps regarding the project. It’s at this stage where design changes can be discussed, and plans revised in order to move toward final approval. Once approved, the project is given a hard start date.
Phase 7: Project Management and Delivery
This phase of the turnkey construction and interior design process really sets Key Interiors apart from our competition. While most firms say they will manage construction details, not all actually maintain site supervision. Our project management and operations team at Key Interiors, however, remains visible at all times to both our client and all contractors, allowing for real time updates, improved communication, and efficient problem solving. We direct and manage the logistics of every step of construction, assembling and delivering all closeout materials, furnishings and design elements, so that all plan details are transparent and the terms of the contract are met. Most importantly, we strive to deliver a satisfying customer experience from beginning to end, culminating in a fully realized workspace that surpasses the ideals of our client!