We are always happy to hear from individuals and businesses who are exploring the possibility of a design project and to answer any queries. Here are a few questions that seem to come up frequently,.
What does an interior designer do?
Working with space, scale, proportion, lighting, colour, textures, materials and furnishings, interior designers visualise and create environments that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and safe to occupy. Interior designers develop designs for internal spaces that meet the aesthetic, regulatory and commercial requirements of their clients. An interior designer also works closely with their client and the wider design team of architects, engineers, project managers and consultants to deliver projects. They require a blend of aesthetic, technical, numerical and management skills to deliver successful projects.
What is the difference between interior design and interior architecture?
Interior design and interior architecture are terms that are often intertwined. However, in reality they are quite different. Interior design, which developed as a distinct practice from architecture as far back as the Renaissance, is the art of planning and creating internal spaces, often after the structural and construction phases are complete. In its purest form, it involves the design and specification of all the furniture, fixtures and equipment along with materials, finishes and lighting. Interior architecture, on the other hand, is a more recent profession, best described as a field of architecture that specialises in the architectural and structural aspects of internal spaces that might include engineering, heating, plumbing, ventilation, electrics and ergonomics. It is the science behind planning and creating internal spaces. Architectural interiors is the fusion of both these fields or professions to deliver a fully integrated approach to interior space design.
Do I need an interior designer?
Hiring an interior designer brings numerous benefits to your project. Through commissioning an interior designer to advise on and deliver your project, you will save both time and money, whilst gaining invaluable experience, supply chain and project management skills. An interior designer will help you to efficiently consolidate your brief and requirements, as well as your preferred design style. They will then bring their knowledgeable and experienced eye to your scheme in order to manifest your vision. Leveraging industry knowledge and expertise they will ensure that your project is completed without abortive costs, on time and on budget, leaving you to get on with your day job!
How long does the interior design process take?
The interior design process timescale can be variable and of course is dependant on the size and scope of requirements. For an average residential project, concept to final delivery can be achieved in as little as 6-8 weeks. Installation is determined by the construction programme, as well as the lead time of the products chosen, often between 6-12 months on a new build. In reference to, by example a new build hotel project, the programme consists of greater complexity and this is reflected in the timescale. On a smaller mid-scale property, the design process can be as little as 3-6 months. Installation in that case is dependent on the construction programme which is often 40-50 weeks at least and frequently a lot longer. Our team at Residenz will ensure that you are kept abreast of lead and delivery times at each stage of your project and endeavour to exceed your brief as efficiently as possible.
Working only with clients who we share vision and values we take on a maximum of 4 projects at a time so you will always receive the time and focus your project needs.
We take the time to understand exactly what you need from us in order to manifest your vision.
With over 30 years working with ultra luxury property we have intimate knowledge of maximising value, return and all that is entailed in quality design.