Explaining the Design Process: Detailed Design Development & Documentation

You might think that all the important work is done once the Concept Design stage is completed. No – we’ve only just begun hammering out the details.

During the Detailed Design Development and Documentation, we work closely with consultants like your project manager, services engineer, structural engineer, architect, building surveyor, other specialists & your builder to coordinate the interior design with the engineering services & structural elements, egress and accessibility, among a myriad of other details.

The documentation set will go through a number of revisions to get everything ‘just right’ – all the technicalities working together, but also looking great as well.

The plan documentation package covers everything from the demolition works, the furniture layout, wall locations and construction, ceiling construction, plumbing locations, door & hardware scheduling, wall elevations, cabinetry design & detailing, lighting & electrical locations, floor finishes. FF&E schedules outline the specification & details of materials, finishes, loose furniture, door hardware, light fixtures, fittings, etc.

The sketch below is an example of cabinetry at the Concept Design stage (depending upon if it’s needed for your project). This is then translated into a fully drafted joinery package, dimensioned set of drawing with plans, elevations, sections, and details. Outlining the construction method & details, and all the finishes, fixtures, appliances.

Example of Joinery sketch at Concept Design stage

The typical documentation package below for a salon is A1 size – note this is a selection of pages, not the full 17 sheet set. This process takes a number of weeks (or even months) to complete; every project is unique and a different size, therefore the time it will take needs to be estimated at the programming stage.

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Our standard project timeline below illustrates where Detail Design & Documentation fits into your overall project.

  • Information Gathering: Initial Site Investigation, taking the Brief & Sketch Planning & the Moodboard

  • Investment estimate (by Your Project Manager & Builder)

  • Concept Design, schematic illustrations & sketches, FF&E Preliminaries & Joinery Preliminaries

  • Update Investment estimate (by your Project Manager & Builder)

  • Detail Design & Documentation, drafting plans & elevations for permits, detail design of Joinery, scheduling of FF&E, coordinate with consultants

  • Permit Application (by your Project Manager

  • Construction Documentation, Tender stage RFI’s, revisions to documentation in preparation for construction

  • Tender (by your Project Manager)

  • Construction Stage Design Services, Site meeting & inspections, site instructions & responding to RFI’s, materials approvals, Shop drawing review, Defects Inspection & report, As Built documentation, Handover attendance.

  • As Builts

If you are planning a refurbishment, please explore our flexible Design Package Options designed to serve you for more information.

Lisa is a very dedicated professional with a keen eye for fine detail and accurate documentation. I have worked with Lisa on more than 10 airport lounges and I can highly recommend her work. Lisa is also good a reviewing and coordinating services drawings.

D. Johnson

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So, why Hire an Interior Designer?

Unfortunately many people get confused or intimidated by the idea of hiring a professional Interior Designer for their project, and might be concerned about the process of working with a designer & the costs of doing so.

A lot of people I meet feel that they can hire a builder and do the design themselves, selecting materials and fixtures in dribs and drabs, often at the last minute (leading to less choice) with poor planning & lack of an overall vision. This will lead increased costs due to changes, additions and variations that the builder will not have allowed for.

You will save money & time. Your designer will plan functional and appealing spaces, provide drawings, visualisations & material / furnishing selections in a strategic manner so you can get competitive quotes, and you know what the design will look like & cost right from the start.

You require a Qualified Interior Designer & Registered Building Practitioner for any commercial project or residential project that requires a building permit; a proper interior designer is a highly trained & experienced registered professional, not just someone with ‘a good eye for colour’ and a knack for picking furniture.

Let’s make something beautiful together, book an appointment to explore your dream project.

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