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Frequently Asked Questions

we’re planning to build our new home, where do we start?

Before you do anything, contact your designer.  It’s best for us to be involved from the beginning so we can advise, guide and assist you throughout the entire building process.  From helping to design a floorplan, assessment of an existing builders plan for your specific requirements or ensuring the design suits your block, right up to the big move in, furnishing and landscaping suggestions, we can help throughout the entire journey to ensure an overall cohesive outcome.

I have a tenancy – where to from here?

If you are a retailer or have a commercial project in mind – call us!  We can advise you in your tenancy selection process to ensure the space suits your requirements and ensure it will comply with the latest NCC and Australian Standards prior to committing to the lease or purchase.  If you already have a tenancy space – let’s start the design process!

what is the difference between an interior decorator, interior designer and interior architect?

This is an all too common question and can be very confusing for those not in the field (and for those who are!).  The lines are also blurred by the abundance of short courses providing certificates qualifying students with limited training.  In short:

A decorator specialises in colour, furniture selection and general cosmetic decorating advice;

An interior architect does all of the above plus specialises in a more technical role of drafting/documentation drawings, being familiar with the NCC and Australian standards to ensure your projects are completed to code and can assist with the approvals process through certifiers, councils and other governing bodies;

An interior designer also has the qualifications of the interior architect but as mentioned above, some interior decoration short courses are labelled ‘Interior Design’ which is where the confusing overlap comes from.  

Description from the Design Institute of Australia (DIA): “Interior design is also referred to as interior architecture because interior designers are trained to consider the modification of the interior structure of the building rather than just refinishing and furnishing existing spaces...”

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what are the main design processes?

Design / construction projects essentially form 3 main stages in
co-ordination with our services:

Stage 1 – Preliminary Design

Establishment of the client brief with yourself, staff and associates;

Analysis and advice in conjunction with, and based on client instructions in connection with budget, style and scope of works;

Any existing tenancy drawings are sourced, accurate site survey check measure completed and CAD site plan generated;

Concept generation: preparation of a schematic concept and design drawings as required for the proposal in the form of preliminary Sketch Plan drawings;

Design concept development: preparation of the developed designs;

Documentation and preparation of the layout drawing designs for client approval;  

Finalise design and obtain client signed approval prior to initiating final working drawings;

Stage 2 – Contract Documentation

Upon client approval of Preliminary Design, preparation of a comprehensive full set of working documents and specifications can begin; 
Client liaison will commence once drawings are deemed complete and any changes or updates made as required;

Finalised drawings to be approved and signed-off by the client;

Design package (inclusive of documentation, specifications and finishes schedules) sent out to relevant parties for required approvals;

Upon feedback from relevant parties, changes are completed, approvals gained and client sign-off completed in order to commence pricing / construction.

Stage 3 – Commencement of Works & Completion of Works

The consultant will liaise with the contractors to clarify any queries raised as a result of Design Documentation or Specification by the designer.