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The Design Process
Each and every project is tailor made to the client's specific requirements.
The interior design of a typical project involves:
The design typically develops over 4-8 weeks.
Phase 1: Initial discussions
After making contact with Max and his team a meeting will be arranged, preferably on-site where we will discuss the project. Specifically:
The vision for your project
Project ideas and possible concepts
Design limitations and boundaries
Materials and furnishings
The timeframe and budget
Getting ready for a design meeting in our studio
Phase 2: Concept Design
The concept is tailored to your project and provides us with a blueprint to transform your space. You should have a good idea of what the finished interior will look like.
It is an iterative process with the client and several meetings take place.
A concept normally includes:
1:50 general arrangement and furniture plans
Mood boards for each area
Suggestions for furniture and lighting
Conceptual photoshop renderings for key spaces
Sketch for a proposed dressing room
Concept Paint Scheme for a farmhouse in the south west
Mood imagery showing contrasting materials for a bathroom
Phase 3a: Detailed Design - Architecture
Detailed Design turns the concept into a working package that can be costed and sent for construction. It is a crucial phase, and the better everything can be nailed down now, means an easier time on site. It involves a significant amount of work including:
A final visual and material presentation
Furniture layout plans
Floor finish and reflected ceiling plans
Key elevations of each room
Architectural finishes schedules
General arrangement plan for a Master Bedroom suite
Phase 3b: Detailed Design - Bespoke Furniture
At Max Buston Design, typically the majority of furniture in a project is bespoke, to give you a unique interior. Some items are fully designed and manufactured by us. Other times existing products are ordered to our requirements, such as changing the dimensions and materials.
Each item requires 1:20 detailed drawings in plan, elevation and section, to be submitted to manufacturers for costing.
Drawing of a window seat in 1:10. The cushion, panel design, mouldings and cupboard knobs are specified by us.
Budgeting and procurement
We normally provide furniture budgets early in the detailed design phase. The project furniture is split into various groups: bespoke, off-the-shelf and antiques.
As part of the management process on the next page, we deal with the procurement, delivery and installation of furniture for our projects in addition to overseeing the construction work.
Phase 4: Client approval
Once the Detailed Design package has been submitted, a follow up meeting with the client is made to discuss the designs in detail. Any ammendments can be made.
The Detailed Design package will be submitted for tender to contractors and manufacturers, and so it is important that the key parts of the design are agreed upon prior to the project going into construction.
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