The Process

What to expect

Commit to the project;
understand the bigger picture
(i.e. the end goal)

  • Write down all your questions to refer back to
    as you move through the process

  • Organize your thoughts and ideas into
    different categories, both physical and digitally (ie, magazine, pinterest board, instagram)

Find the right professional
(who’s good or bad, who do you even need?)

  • Never start a project
    without a contract and a plan

  • General Contractor: provide expertise and bring the right trades in to complete the work. Good GCs have been in business for years and have a large referral base

  • The Designer: find an interior designer specialized in the field (do not confuse with interior decorators who select furnishings and textiles)

Arrange a consultation with a designer

  • Proceed to an in-home consultation where design services will be discussed along with other items including the objective of the renovation, scope of the project, timing and budget

Site verification is critical in understanding your space - existing dimensions will help the designer in space planning and maximize the design potential

  • Location of utilities (e.g. electrical, plumbing, ducting) will be noted

  • Photos may also be taken for later reference when designing the space

  • For new builds/extensions, please supply any digital drawings/plans from an architect

Initial ideas are drawn in the form of concept drawings to explore the various directions your space could go in

The designer should present two or three different variations at first, eventually narrowing down to the final concept with a few further refinements

The final design should include all the requirements you gave in the initial consultation and subsequent meetings

  • Detailed floorplans and elevations will be presented that include suggested products products to be used

  • The goal is to be able to have enough detail to provide the contractor to begin the quoting phase and provide a rough estimate on cost of labour and materials

  • A final artistic perspective (e.g. a photorealistic rendering) can provide added reassurance of your choices and aid in your final approval.

With the design complete, its time to focus on finalizing all the product choices

  • Products with longer lead times should be priority (ie Millwork)

  • Flooring, countertops, tiles, appliances, handles, lights fixtures, plumbing fixtures should be ordered

  • In some cases construction shouldn’t commence until the delivery of these products

After weeks and maybe months of planning, the physical work will finally begin

  • A detailed contract must be agreed to with the contractor that outlines the scope of work in which he/she will be held responsible for. It should include expectations on quality, timing in which work will start and end, warranties on labour as well as payment schedule.

  • For in-depth projects, the designer will have also provided the contractor with specialized drawings for various phases of the project like demolition, rough carpentry, electrical / lighting, etc.

  • The designer and contractor should review the design together and be made aware of unique or unusual situations

The designer may visit the jobsite to inspect various trades depending on the scope

  • These visits minimize potential omissions and errors that might go unchecked

  • Good communication between all parties is key in resolving most problems during construction

All major work has been completed and the final touches have been made

  • You will do a final walkthrough of your own with the contractor and create a deficiency list which could include paint touch ups, door or hinge adjustments, installing accessories, caulking and silicone joints

  • The designer will also be in contact to provide any comments on the final completed project.