Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Unless you work in the industry or you have renovated before, it is hard to know exactly what happens during the design process. A lot of people just think the design process involves looking at pretty finishes but there is actually a lot of paperwork, drawings and scheduling involved as well. Of course, different designers will have different steps and procedures, but today I wanted to share how we run a new build or renovation project at YDM Design Studio. If you are planning to build or renovate and want to understand what is involved in turning your ideas into reality, then continue reading.
1 | Initial Consultation
I like to start all my projects with an initial meeting to discuss the scope of works, needs and wants, and your design style. If you are renovating an existing home, then we will also need to measure all the spaces at this stage. We will ask for you to send through any inspiration images that you have collected before the meeting so that we can bring some initial samples. These often won't be the finishes we select, but being able to touch and feel different materials can help you understand what you like and don't like, so it's a great starting point!
2 | Concept Design
After our initial meeting, we put together a concept and start creating a picture of what your new spaces could look like. This includes working out the best layout, suggesting finishes and deciding on the main features and focal point in each room. This then all goes into a document which we will present to you. Based on your feedback, we will adjust this as needed and start collecting samples of the different finishes to go into the spaces.
3 | Design Development
With the big picture confirmed in the concept stage, we can start focusing on the details. In this stage, we narrow down and select every material, finish and fixture to go into your new spaces, from tapware and appliances to skirting boards and architraves. This stage can take some time and often involves meetings at suppliers and lots of discussions about materials, finishes and joinery design. We also use 3D visualisation at this stage to ensure that you are happy with every space. At the end, we will present you with a detailed Finishes Schedule which lists every material, finish and item to ensure that everything is within budget.
4 | Documentation
Now that we know exactly what your new spaces will look like, we will document this all for you. We will provide you with detailed working drawings for your builder and trades to work from, including floor plans, electrical plans, elevations and detailed joinery plans. If you are working with an architect on your project, we will instead liaise with them so that they can update their plans to suit our designs.
5 | Construction
Once you have a confirmed start date with your builder, we will liaise with suppliers to help with the purchasing and coordination of your materials and fixtures and ensure that everything is ready when needed. During the construction phase, we also perform site inspections at key stages to monitor design intent and can meet with your builder to solve any issues that may arise.
6 | Photoshoot
Once your build is done, we do a final walk-through of the spaces and complete a photoshoot. If we have selected any furniture or styling items, these will also be delivered and installed at this stage.
I hope that this has been helpful and given you an insight into what to expect when you hire a designer! If you would like to discuss how we can work together on your new build or renovation project, get in touch with us below!
Have wonderful week!