• Business,  Marketing,  Your Business

    Summer Home Improvement for Your Design Clients

    Summer interior jobs can slow down in this season of sea, sand and vacations.  But it can also be the best time for many home improvements to get done.  Homeowners typically don’t think about calling on their designer when windows need replacing, plumbing needs repair or appliances have become worn out.  Allying yourself with contractors  whom you have vetted for insurance, references and credentials will strengthen your client relationships in ways that will pay off for years. Knowing the sources of as many products as possible as well as quality and price could put you in a different league in their eyes.  How is this done?  Put your organizer’s hat on and follow these steps:

  • Floor plans,  Tools to Use,  Your Business

    Interior Design Drawings – What’s the Plan Stan?

     

    Almost all procedures in interior design are based on proportions and measurements – aka spatial relationships. Putting the relationships into perspective requires a plan and these plans are traditionally produced to communicate visually.

    The design process may begin with freehand concept sketching to enable the designer to relay onto paper what he envisions and see what needs to be added or modified.

    Presentation plans are the initial schematics showing the overall concepts: site placement, the exterior and interior architecture, the mechanical plan the electrical plan, plumbing plan and fire protection plan (which today often includes a sprinkler system).

  • Your Business

    Space Planning – How to Get Around

    What is a functional floor plan?  You can’t think about the functionality of a floor plan without thinking about how the household functions on a day to day basis.

    Each person in the family has a routine, habits of living and an individual energy level. Multiply the number of people in a household by all those factors and life could get messy. Building some safeguards into a floor plan reduces the headaches a family could encounter.

     

    If you took the time to trace the trips throughout the home made in a day with a different colored marker for each person what do you think you would see? Would there be constant congestion in the kitchen? Would there be rooms never used? How about trips up and down stairs just to maintain the laundry? If you used time lapse photography, would you see a gradual build up of flotsam and jetsam accumulating in the family room, the entry, mudroom or around the kitchen table or the bathrooms? These would require more trips to clean and control repetitively but could cease to be a problem if proper storage or places to perform various tasks were planned in advance. Perhaps you would discover with the colored marker chart the difficulty of getting from point A to point B because of large pieces of furniture blocking a traffic pattern or a lack of passage ways or stairs.