Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We create the interior back bones of a space before any finishing materials are selected. This often includes the floor plan layout , furniture plans,lighting plans, electrical plans, multi layered ceiling designs with up (indirect) and down lighting( direct), wall elevation design, staircases and railing design, custom interior doors, moldings and door casings.
We act as the team leader for all the other design professionals hired by the client. This typically includes the architect, builder/GC, landscape architect, lighting designer, audio visual company, engineers, etc. Most often we do drawings for all team participants so they understand the requirements of the project, even if they end up doing their own final drawings for permits.
We oversee all design elements during construction and act on the clients behalf throughout the process including administration and orchestrating our installaions. Even though many sub trades work for the builder or GC, my team does the detailed drawings so that the work can be completed per our master design. (In Florida, an interior designer cannot act as a general contractor unless we have that license).
Being the last out the door on our design projects requires an enormous amount of problem solving and coordination. I’d say I am more like the captain of a very large ship. Ahoy!
Thanks for reading this since it is my mantra. I’m a big communicator and like to have my role understood. Most people come to a design firm expecting a decorator. We do that too but that is only a small part of the game. That’s why our clients love what we do. We make a daunting process fun for everyone.