Our spaces are created with our unyielding passion for design, a lot of discipline, and a dash of revolution.
Design is an interactive process between both the designer and the people who will use the space. The more our clients understand the process and their role within it, and the more transparent we can be at every step in the process, the better the end result and the more satisfied our client will be with what we created together.
While every design process is unique, Interior Alchemy follows design process standards which enable us to deliver the best results for you. Smaller projects, such as those which do not require moving walls or building permits, will still follow the same process as large projects such as additions or major remodels. However, some of the steps involved in each of the 6 phases may be condensed for less complicated projects.
Below is an overview of the process. For a more in-depth review of what happens step-by-step in each of 6 Phases of Design, check out our design process blogposts at the bottom of the page.
Our first step is always about gaining understanding of the space and our clients. Exploring the relationship between our clients and how they interact with the space will unveil everything we will need to know to help us create a better solution.
The Discover phase typically comprises approximately 2% of the designer’s total project work and, at the completion of this phase, the designer’s role in the project will be approximately 2% complete.
The Define phase typically comprises approximately 8% of the designer’s total project work and, at the completion of this phase, the designer’s role in the project will be approximately 10% complete.
We draw insights from the existing conditions of the space, our research, and data from the interview and craft the key objectives of the project, its scope and define solutions to solve the client’s problems. The results will inform every design decision made.
We creatively explore potential solutions for organizing the space and test how well those design concepts meet your goals. We select a framework which best solves the problem, performs beautifully, and addresses factors such as fit and function.
The Dream phase typically comprises approximately 20% of the designer’s total project work and, at the completion of this phase, the designer’s role in the project will be approximately 30% complete.
The Develop phase typically comprises approximately 30% of the designer’s total project work and, at the completion of this phase, the designer’s role in the project will be approximately 60% complete.
We will further develop the client’s chosen design by researching and selecting materials, finishes, appliances, fixtures, lighting, paint color, furniture, and other equipment which will go into the space. Art, aesthetics and emotions drive this phase.
We document everything required for a contractor to successfully build out the design vision and we collaborate with any required architects, engineers, and permitting plans reviewers as needed to help support the project success.
The Document phase typically comprises approximately 25% of the designer’s total project work and, at the completion of this phase, the designer’s role in the project will be approximately 85% complete.
The Deliver phase typically comprises approximately 15% of the designer’s total project work and, at the completion of this phase, the designer’s role in the project will be approximately 100% complete.
We formally hand-off the design to the builders and installers but continue to advocate for your vision by performing site visits and design consultations, and will help you wrap up the final step of any project by helping you to complete the project punch list.
Each phase in the process builds upon the work performed and approved from the previous phase.
Below are the key deliverables and design services that Interior Alchemy can offer to do for you depending on the scope of the project.
Inventory of Items-to-Remain
Project Scope Defined
Projet Team Initially Identified
Team Roles Defined
Existing Conditions Floor Plan
Satisfaction of Preliminary Project Feasibility
Preliminary Estimated Project Budget Range
Rough Estimated Timeline
Design Service Agreement for the Project
Client Decision to Proceed to the Designing Phase of the Project
Preliminary Elevations, Only if Required to Illustrate a Complex Portion of the Design
Other Visualization Tools to Communicate the Design
Narratives Describing Critical Elements (e.g. a home theatre system)
Estimated Initial Project Budget
Estimated Initial Project Timeline
Client Approval to Proceed to Higher Level of Design Development
Fully Dimensioned Finalized Floor Plans
Developed Elevations & Sections
Permit Drawing Set
Revised Estimated Project Cost & Timeline
Permit Application Process Completed and Other Stakeholder Approvals
Client Approval to Proceed to Documenting the Final Design Decisions
Specifications Finalized to Use in Obtaining Final Installer/Trade/Product Quotes
Green Certification Documentation
Final Set of Drawings to Be Used by Contractor During Construction:
Revised Estimated Project Cost Range
Revised Project Timeline Estimate
Procurement of Furnishings, Fixtures & Equipment Initiated
Contractor Bid Support, Consulting Conferences, and Site Visits
Procurement of Materials/Equipment/Furnishings
Final Walk Through of Space
Installation of Furnishings, Art & Accessories