1Do you design space and layouts?
Good design and designers should always be looking at the broader environment. Yes we should know our furniture, furnishings and fittings, but as you expand out we need to know how that room should function and not just in isolation, rather it's role in relation to the rest of the house. This then leads to understanding how to most successfully distribute the space of the property, which can entail redistribution, areas changing use etc and should never be an after thought rather considered at conception. With the ultimate being looking to the broadest perspective of the actual plot, how it is to be orientated and used with potential extensions that all then has a baring on the ultimate layout.
So yes great designers know their space and can easily do it on their own, project dependent, but also integrate where necessary with like minded architects, who generally come with a slightly more exact mind and the designer at the top of his game with a slightly more imaginative mind by nature. However there are many interior designers out there who profess to have these skills and actually don't.
2Can you help with purchasing of products?
Yes we have a range of products that are at our disposal for you to chose from, but a good designer will also be open to help clients chose products that they don't supply. This may due to a tight budget and being imaginative with cheaper products or simply unusual projects that need sourcing from elsewhere.
3What is the process of how you work as a designer?
As highlighted throughout our site we work on a consultancy design basis allowing you to pay for our knowledge at any point during your project. Allowing us to be firmly sat in your corner giving you the confidence to make informed decision, enjoy the process keeping it low stress and ultimately delivering a successful end result.
4How do we get a designer to help?
You are here now, so simply ring it will be the best decision in property development you can make, for once made we immediately start reducing your stress.
5Why can't I make my bathroom layout work?
The amount of time we come across clients with this problem and more often than not it is unlocked and solved by moving the door, something most clients don't consider, whether they are looking for a bath and separate shower cubical in a reasonable sized space or showering in their bath in a smaller space and don't want their toilet so close to their sink.
6What ways can I develop distinct areas to an open plan theme?
Here there are a number of ways whether it involves sliding doors, raising or lowering floors for definition through different levels, to knowing how to make different colours textures and products create individuality to different areas whilst still sitting together as one without confusing.
7Is good lighting really worth the expense?
Simple answer is yes! For years it has always been the first to be cut back in budgets, but until you see well considered, well controlled, interesting lighting literally transform a space it is only then people are converted to the fact it is one of the key priorities to your design that actually delivers above and beyond most others. With this being the same outdoors with well considered lighting design in your garden.
8Is it really worth allotting such a proportion of the budget to the outside with Britain’s weather?
Again yes it is, for with the developments in mainly technology you can bring the garden into your home more months of the year with retractable awnings/pergodas, garden lighting, rattan furniture, sliding/bi-folding doors on the threshold, composite decking that doesn't deteriorate etc. If well considered it is now truly another room to your home and even when you return home in winter and it is dark at 4 and raining your garden lights can give you so much pleasure and be uplifting allowing you to see the space and enjoy the view!
9Who does interior design?
Interior design is always a collaboration between the customer, designer, and supplier/installer. On some projects the designer can be all three of these areas and in some cases the customer can be as well. Often, however projects involve a client that has loose concepts for their project and require professional help through the designer to pull it all together. With the designer helping create the clients’ special layout, followed by all treatments to the space, the procurement of products and their subsequent installation. Where confusion can sometimes arise is how much or how little involvement the interior designer has in the process and the answer to that is very much project dependent. The designer should always be there for initial knowledge transfer through consultancy design, but then the individual client, project and budget starts to dictate who project manages, procures, and installs the project.
10What interior design involves
Interior design involves reconfiguring space to work better in it's wider environment, taking products to maximise the feel and look, to the space for the client, that their budget offers.
11Why does interior design matter?
Interior designers working on a consultancy basis selling knowledge simply help you make the most out of your space, preventing you from making mistakes that can be costly, timely and stressful in the search for your ultimate space to live within.
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