In my mind there are two things that we want our designers to deliver day in, day out and that is great space planning and wonderfully combined finishes and fittings.
HOW IS IT ALL GOING TO FIT?
When leasing floor space, one of the first things that come to mind, is how am I going to fit everything in? Will we be able to successfully operate from this space and how do I ensure we can?
Get involved with a great designer is my answer!
A designer will be able to take your written and verbal briefings and add them to a copy of the proposed floor plan to create a variety of layouts that will work for your particular circumstances.
Typically the designer will conduct a detailed consultation review of the premises with you, provide advice, create the scope and then provide direction for the project design.
THE PROCESS WORKS
Some designers will provide a return brief which will fully describe the scope of the work, possibly comment about budget and then add their thoughts and understanding from the initial meeting.
You may be required to sign and send that return brief back to the designer, defining clear agreement with the designer on the budget for design and construction, time frame and design direction.
By doing so, you’re now agreeing that the designer’s guidelines are what you are seeking to develop and ultimately build as your new business premises.
Once the design guidelines are agreed, the designer will attend site to undertake a full check measure of the area to be constructed. This aids in providing accurate plans and helps reduce the risk of being short on space when it comes to building the walls and fitting furniture.
PRO TIP: Always, always, always, get a site measurement completed, as I cannot tell you how many times we have started a project and on the very first day stopped work within the first hour because the plans are wrong. So often designers will take the plans they receive by email, fax or hard copy as being correct only to find they’re not and the consequent design now needs surgery urgently.
Don’t believe me? It happens so often it’s almost normal. Remember why you are reading this book… to avoid the rookie mistakes. Pay the money—get it measured up to save a headache later.
LOOK FOR A DRAFT
Typically after a designer has taken your brief they will develop a draft floor plan for your review before proceeding to construction drawings.
PRO TIP: If you think you need a few sessions with the designer to really nail down the design concept, be sure to check the fine print in their design fee structure to ensure it clearly states how many visits are allowed at each stage of the design process.
A well-designed layout will guarantee you a functional space with the greatest possible return on investment on every square metre of area.
Don’t accept previous plans and measurements of your new space – have it measured again professionally.
Getting the process right and following it from the beginning will save you headaches in the long run.