The key to a successful design as always is communication, not only between the client and the designer, but also the contractors, tradesmen and installation teams doing the work themselves. A large part of the design work is making sure the layout works and that it is exactly what the client needs, especially as they are the ones who are going to be the end user of the space either themselves or by selling or leasing the property to others. Getting a good idea of the client’s brief and requirements for the dwelling or room are essential to making sure that the end result is one that they are happy with and to ensure that it is the most effective use of the space, no matter how good it looks. As often with Interior Design, many customers are left with a beautifully designed room which they struggle to interact and use effectively, when everyday life demands that the functionality is more important than the styling. But how does this translate if the designer is unable to see the property or meet the client?
A large part of our Design ethos is that we are accessible to our clients or potential clients, whichever part of the country or even the world they may be. Many people think that as a Harrogate based Design Company, we are restricted to designing and renovating homes in the Yorkshire area, but this couldn't be further than the truth. In order for a good designer to be able to create the home of your dreams, especially in today’s technology filled world, they do not necessarily need to meet you in person or even see the dwelling they are involved in. A number of our clients get in touch from opposite ends of the country, as well as some from mainland Europe or even further afield, meaning that unless it is a necessity there is no crucial advantage to seeing the property in person. Although we are happy to travel to wherever the property or client may be located, much of the design work can be arranged via emails, telephone conversations or via idea books and collage boards on their favourite picture sharing websites.
Technology these days has allowed for the integration of Computer Aided Design (CAD) plans as well as sophisticated 3D modelling programs which are great for giving both the designer and the client an idea of how well the space would work according to the proposed layouts and designs they have produced. If the client is able to put you in touch with their architect in order to get a copy of the plans, or even take measurements of the rooms themselves then it is easy to communicate the extents of the rooms in order to create an effective layout without the need to see the property. With smartphones, tablets and digital cameras so readily accessible these days, the information can be sent instantly across any distance giving the designer a feel of the space and the appearance of the existing home. With reliable information, alongside constant conversations with the client, any good designer will be able to create an effective scheme just as well as if they had met them in person or seen the property for themselves. Any measurements or detailing may need to be checked by the client or trades-person on site, but apart from that the process is the same.
All the pictures on this blog post have been taken from our portfolio and all have one thing in common, we never met the client in person during the design process and never visited the property until either the installation work commenced, or in the case of some of them, are still yet to see the dwelling in person. By liaising closely with the client via email and over the phone and by sending them any plans, inspirational pictures, rendered images, 3D models and necessary samples, the distance and lack of first person contact becomes no longer an issue.
Next time you are looking for a designer to help you with your design ideas, don’t choose someone just because they are local, and be sure to choose a designer who can offer you everything you need for your project. If necessary they will travel to see you and your property, but if this is unnecessary or impractical, you should be safe in the knowledge that the quality and effectiveness of their work should still be able to create your dream home, whether they get to see the finished scheme in person or not.