Common questions

When should I hire an Interior Designer?

We believe that a synergy between architecture and interior design is key to delivering stand-out spaces. So for us it’s never too early. Getting an interior design team involved before planning permission and any build work starts means we can collaborate with architects and builders to make sure the space is configured in the most effective way.

A huge part of our talent is in space reconfigurations, layouts, and architectural designs, but if your project has already kicked off there’s still lots of scope for creativity around room flow and function. If you’ve already started, try to give your interior design team as much information as you can on milestones like plumbing and electric installation so they can help you make the most of your space.

How does the process work?

Every space is different and not every project will need every stage, but if you’re embarking on an interior design this is our typical process:

  1. Consultation – This first stage is a free consultation where we get to know you and your project. It’s a chance to understand your vision, your space, and how we can work best together. After the initial meeting we’ll put together a detailed plan including costs and timescales. When you’re happy with everything we’ll send you a fee appointment letter. Work will usually start around two weeks after this – depending on studio availability.
  2. Concept Design – This is where things get really exciting as our interior and architectural designers set to work producing initial floorplans and layouts that show the mood and direction for your space. Our team will gather some initial samples to give you a feel for the materials, finishes and colour palette too. We’ll have a meeting in our interior design showroom to present this concept work and get your feedback and ideas. Typical timescales are 2 weeks depending on size and complexity of project.
  3. Developed Design – When you’ve had time to digest the concepts and fed back to us, we’ll start developing your interior and architectural design in more detail. For joinery and bathroom designs this will include initial design elevations. We’ll also shortlist finishes for each area of the design so you can choose your favourites. Your input at this stage is key so it usually involves a few meetings to hear your thoughts. Typical timescales are 2-3 weeks depending on size and complexity of project.
  4. Technical Design – It’s time to get granular. We’ll use your feedback to develop a full set of drawings that itemise everything across the project. Including any builders work, floor finishes, lighting/electrical, ceiling details, and design intent drawings for bathrooms and joinery. We’ll share this with our trusted trade partners to get costs and timescales. Typical timescales are 4-6 weeks depending on size and complexity of project.
  5. Furniture, fixtures and equipment – Running alongside the technical design, during this stage we’ll be finalising options for things like flooring, taps, showers, furniture, and furnishings. We’ll produce a detailed inventory of items with product details for you to check over and agree. Typical timescales are 2-3 weeks depending on size and complexity of project.
  6. Project  Co-ordination – When the project kicks off we’re very hands-on. We’ve got close relationships with our trades and project manage and co-ordinate their work. Our team are regularly on site to make sure every part of the design is delivered to the highest standards and back in the interior design studio we’ll be busy co-ordinating schedules and timelines.  Timescales for the build stage will be set by the main contractor.
  7. Installation and interior Styling – When the build work is complete, we’re ready to install and style. All the items sourced through our studio will be unpacked, placed, and dressed. Bringing the interior vision and concept to life in your spaces. We can also arrange for cleaning during this stage. Typical timescales are 1-3 weeks depending on size and complexity of project.
  8. After Care – Details matter to us. After completion we’ll produce a snagging list and make sure everything is resolved quickly. We’ll also give you a detailed handover and maintenance pack. We hope you’ll be as proud of the project as we are so with your permission we’ll arrange for a professional photoshoot of the space. And we’ll be on hand after completion to answer any questions, offer advice, and hopefully work on more projects together.

Where do you take on projects?

We’re happy to travel far and wide for a brief that allows us to stretch our creativity. We have a large client base in the North West – where our interior design practice is based and where our heart is – but we’ve worked on projects across the UK and beyond. Our design portfolio features projects from Chester to France, and Abersoch to Africa.

Do you only work on large projects?

Most of our projects are large in scale but we do take on some smaller projects like single room designs. If you’ve got a small space our furnishing team will be your point of contact and can look after just the design or the complete management. Whatever the size of your project we’ll approach it with the same care and rigour.

How much do you charge?

Every space, client, project is unique so it’s hard to give a cost before getting to know you and your bespoke needs. After our initial consultation we’ll put together a proposal that will outline our fee based on an hourly rate. Our projects are collaborations, and we’ll explore all the possibilities for your space that fit with your budget.

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