Once the schemes and detailed quotes have been approved and signed off by the clients, Sarah will set about managing and instructing the team and procuring all the elements of the scheme.
Once curtains have been made, lead-times for furniture has expired and the decorator has made way for the carpet-fitters, Sarah and team will co-ordinate deliveries and the installation of the scheme.
MEETING, GREETING AND BRIEFING
Good design involves understanding and truly implementing the aims and wishes of a client within an agreed budget and timescale. Therefore the initial get-to-know-you and briefing meetings are a great priority. This allows Sarah and client to really get to know one another and helps to develop a working relationship that may last several months or even years across several projects.
These meeting(s) cover how the space is to be used and by whom, likes, dislikes, parameters of the project and budget. A design brief and fee proposal will be prepared for the client’s consideration. In the case of larger projects the building contractor will be introduced at this stage.
ROOM SURVEYS & SCHEME DEVELOPMENT
Once the brief, draft budget and design fee have been agreed the next stage is to take room surveys. This involves the taking of detailed measurements of the rooms and of the items that the clients wish to keep. This allows scale plans and elevations to be created; the carefully planned footprint of a room being absolutely central to a successful scheme.
Armed with this information and the brief provided by the client Sarah will then create the decorating scheme which may include furniture, wall and floor coverings, soft furnishings, bespoke cabinetry and upholstery as well as lighting and decorative accessories. Specific to each project further onsite meetings with clients, trades and craftsmen may take place.
SCHEME PRESENTATIONS AND APPROVAL
A meeting will then be arranged at a time and location of the clients’ convenience to present and discuss the proposed schemes. This is done by means of samples, plans and images. In order to truly evaluate and appreciate a scheme Sarah believes that clients need to be able to move and handle all of its elements. Therefore large samples, images and plans are favoured over a fixed mood board.
Once the schemes and detailed quotes have been approved and signed off by the clients, Sarah will set about managing and instructing the team and procuring all the elements of the scheme. Where building work or protracted renovations are required Sarah will provide co-ordinated feed-back to the clients at pre-arranged intervals.
This is particularly beneficial to clients who may live some distance from the property. Regular and informal feedback is also provided by Sarah by means of email and phone calls for projects of all sizes to ensure that the client is fully informed.
Once curtains have been made, lead-times for furniture has expired and the decorator has made way for the carpet-fitters, Sarah and team will co-ordinate deliveries and the installation of the scheme. This could be a grand-unveil or more piece-meal subject to the clients’ convenience and wishes.