When embarking on a significant and/or complex build, the best approach is to decide the interior vision alongside the architectural design process. Here’s some reasons why:
- Defining the best use of space – is part of what we do. Planning the floor layout, level changes, defining materials that maybe used as part of the build structure.
- A unique design feature might need structural planning
- Material features of external elements like structural glazing, window/door frames, patios, all contribute to the whole look of the property
- Lighting – again this needs to be planned with the interior vision – location of chandeliers, art, electrician plans to supply all we need
- Electrical power plan – having all the sockets need in the right places for furniture – maybe directly under furniture?
- Plumbing – is there enough bar pressure for that fabulous shower even!
There are many physical elements that serve the overall interior design, so plan interior and exterior together to save the disappointment of not been able to achieve something later.
How we work
Renovating your home can be a significant investment. You’re probably very busy and don’t have the time, or want the responsibility of deciding, planning and managing a project. Don’t worry! we help you find the right direction, design and organise it!
Working with your own appointed architect – or we can engage the right professionals such as architects, engineers and other property specialists as we’ve done many times before.
We create an overarching design vision incorporating any structural and architectural changes. From approved architectural plans, we’ll create the interior designs with build plans. We can engage builders and specialist trades and manage the project though to completion. One plan with everything considered in the beginning, is logically the best way. It’s common sense – simpler and financially more beneficial.
We don’t want your dreams to be compromised just because the right minds weren’t there at the beginning. Many times we’ve been appointed as Interior Designers to a property when drawings, planning has been completed and even building has started.
100% in these situations is the ‘if only scenario! If only that wall wasn’t there?, that pillar could have been moved, the direction of the natural light won’t help the kitchen layout we want, you can’t have that dream shower as your plumbing won’t support it!
But you don’t have to compromise. With Deborah Law Interiors as part of your design team – we ensure a fantastic interior design, with everything in the right place, first time.
Below, see the process, examples of work, case studies and client testimonials below.
Our Design and Build Process
We work with you to create an overarching design vision that’s right for you and your property. This may mean structural changes, so we’ll be discussing layout, wall positions, design features, floor levels, materials, architectural features, energy savings systems, AV and technology, etc. We can work with your architect if you’ve already appointed one or bring in architectural/ structural partners for you.
Interior vision ‘v’ what your property can deliver. We work with architectural and structural partners to develop the best interior design for you. There’s usually more than one way to solving problems and achieving something and we always work based on the value that it will return. Cost ‘v’ Value. E.g. if the cost of removing a wall is key to creating a fabulous larger space – then it’s worth it. If hiding a current beam that’s visual into the thickness of a ceiling is a nice to have, but not essential – we may save that cost and achieve something fabulous elsewhere.
Once the layout and structural features are decided, architectural plans can be completed and any planning permissions can be sought. This is where the detailed interior design will start.
Many decisions to make, but don’t worry, it will flow smoothly – one decision directs the next. With the overarching vision as our lead – we’ll decide the larger budget items first such as flooring, kitchens and bathrooms, doors and then onto each rooms detailed design. Layout plans – furniture – lighting – colours – textures – accessories… we’ll present you with options till your perfectly happy!
Project approved – timings planned, contracts awarded, away we go! Each project has a site manager to ensure everything runs smoothly and we’ll give you regular updates. As long as there are no unforeseen circumstances, the project will be on budget and on time.
A building can sometimes reveal hidden issues once you peel back the skin! So it’s always wise to have a contingency budget planned too.
“We engaged Deborah to help us renovate our entire house. We selected her in the first instance obviously because we liked the designs we saw on her website, but primarily because she was easy to talk to and get along with. We felt that was going to be important to ensure we could work with her to create a stylish home that reflected us and our family.
From the outset she was calm, friendly and above all extremely patient. She really listened to what we liked and didn’t like and grasped our style with ease – and then made suggestions room by room including a ‘wow’ factor for each within the budget we set. We particularly like her approach of letting one decision lead to another which really helped us on such a large project and kept a theme running through the whole house.
Deborah opened our eyes to many ideas and suppliers we wouldn’t have otherwise considered or had access to. She effortlessly guided us through so many decisions and made what could have been a very stressful process easy. She always made herself quickly available for any queries or to chat ideas through and has been very generous with her time throughout the project. But best of all we love the stylish look she has created for us – contemporary but still with a homely feel. Can’t recommend Deborah highly enough.”
Mrs Carolyn Turner, Wokingham