The 3 Stages of a Commercial Interior Design project

A question that clients often ask us is: “What does an interior designer do during a commercial project?”  Today’s blog post attempts to answer this question by sharing the exact steps and stages involved in any new commercial interior project.  If you’re on the fence about hiring the professionals to do up your spaces, this blog post will give you plenty of insights. Read on…

Broadly speaking commercial designers will either create or lead the construction/renovation of a commercial area. So, whether it’s a retail space, corporate office, doctor’s clinic or a restaurant, they’ll be able to guide you with regards to your choice of materials, layout, space planning and distribution, interior wall arrangements and also liaise with the other professionals working on your project.

Stage 1 Design Development & Sourcing

At the initial meeting, the designer will look into your requirements and ask questions.  After you’ve provided your brief, they’ll study your space, take exact measurements and also research ideas about finishing details, furniture styles, colour palettes, flooring, etc. Based on the all the information that has been collated and gathered, they’ll prepare drawings and space layout options for you to review.

They’ll also source samples for all your finishes, so you can test and finalise according to your preference. Any custom-designed pieces or treatments will also be included in for your review.

The next step is to meet and review your plans and finalise all selections. Once you’ve given a go-ahead on your design drawings, the designer will add in all the final detailing, the exact measurements for all the joinery and also draw up electrical and plumbing plans.

Sometimes, interior designers are able to create a 3D version of the proposed layout, with the colours, furniture and furnishings selected, to give you a real visual idea of what your space is going to look like.

Stage 2 Tendering

Here’s where we come in. At the tendering stage of the project, you’ll want to start sharing your plans with building contractors to get their quotations. Your designer will now detail out all your drawings, so that we know exactly what you’re intending for the design. Remember: The more details you provide, the more accurate our price quote is also likely to be.

Once you’ve received multiple contractor bids, the designer will assist you in reviewing each one of them to ensure that the pricing is fair and accurate. They’ll also draft and submit purchase orders now, so all your equipment, furniture and furnishings can be received before construction actually begins.

Our Tip: During the build stage, unforeseen developments can result in your budget to increase.  That’s why; it’s recommended that you account for a buffer amount of about 10-20%, just in case.

Stage 3: Build & Installation

With the build/renovation work on in full swing, your designer will stay in charge of regular site visits to inspect the progress. Typically they’re now functioning as a project manager and looking into every minute detail of the build work. After the construction work is completed, they’ll coordinate the delivery and installation of your new furnishings, accessories, artworks, etc. The final walk-through with you will help fix any small issues that need attention.

So, there you have it: The 3 stages of a commercial interior design project.

Now, if you’re unsure about hiring a designer on your own, we can help you with that as well. We’ll commission a designer to create your designs, but not before we’ve created a brief for the designer. We’ll look into your project from start to finish and remain your point of contact for any new developments during the process.. This means,

  1. We’ll view your site/tenancy
  2. Create a brief based on your requirements
  3. Put together a cost estimate based on the work required
  4. Send your brief to a designer of your choosing or ours
  5. Coordinate with all three parties
  6. Have the designer draw up and finalise the plans
  7. Build the interior and work with the designer on changes
  8. Keep the designer in the loop and have them keep a check on the site for potential defects

Now that we’ve defined our exact role and helped you understand the entire construction process better, is it possible that you want to take this conversation further?  Get in touch today. Call us on: 1800 551 225.