Interior Design

Whether your project is your home or a commercial venture, it is important to get the interior design right. We have experience in producing the information needed to describe the interior. This will enable you obtain prices for construction.

Interior & Architecture Dovetail

Different projects and budgets call for different levels of interior design input. Most construction projects call for some level of interior design co-ordination, which can usually be handled along with the architectural work.

When there is greater focus on interiors, the team may be split into architecture and interiors, each with a different focus. Architecture look after the construction of the building, while Interiors take on how it will be finished inside. Having two teams running parallel enables a sustained focus on each, to meet continual deadlines.

Interior designers go into great detail to make sure everything is perfect. Additional drawings are created to set everything out on walls and ceilings. Schedules are created for lighting, finishes and room data. This includes everything from the location and type of sockets to the accurate positioning and specification of hospital equipment. 

Architectural information is usually provided at a building-wide scale, whereas interior information is often provided per room. 

Drawn Information

The following are issued as one dimensioned package to be read together:

Floor Plan – This may differ from the architectural floor plan which is a General Arrangement Plan for construction of the wider building. The interior design floor plan is room-specific and will work alongside and be of a similar appearance to the interior elevations and reflected ceiling plan. It will include flooring and equipment set-out in plan.

Room Elevations – Each wall is drawn in elevation, showing doors, architraves, skirtings, dado rails, timber panelling, cornicing, tiling, changes of finish, sockets & switches, wall lighting, joinery and anything else which needs to be set out in elevation.

Reflected Ceiling Plan – The ceiling is shown looking down as though mirrored. This makes it easy to read along with a floor plan you are already familiar with. It has set-outs for lighting, sensors, rooflights, downstands, changes of material and anything else to accurately describe the ceiling for construction.

Interior Details – These include anything which needs to be drawn in detail, for example bespoke joinery such and shelves and cupboards. These are often developed for design intent and sent to a manufacturer / fabricator who will then supply shop drawings to be checked before manufacture.

Schedules & Documents

These schedules keep track of everything to be added to the rooms.

There are different approaches for keeping this information.

First, we can split into lighting, finishes, doors etc. This will enable prices to be sought by specific providers of those specialist items.

Another method is room data sheets. This allows a main contractor to see everything per room and generate costs for the whole.

Lighting Schedule – The lighting schedule lists out 

Finishes Schedule – This lists all the finishes in the project including product reference numbers 

Internal Door & Screen Schedule – The design intent for the doors is often handed across to the architects who co-ordinate the doors with the architecture and produce detailed drawings and schedules. Thee are then checked by the interior designer and sent to the fabricator to produce shop drawings before manufacture.  

Room Data Sheets – These list everything interior related in each room, from lights to sockets to joinery and finishes.

Example – Luxury Residential Workflow

Luxury residential projects can be incredibly complex, so it is important to have a system in place to create the various work packages needed for construction.

The architecture and interiors are often treated in parallel and this can be at different times and by different offices. On many projects the design intent of the interiors comes at the very start of the project along with architectural concept design and planning applications. A large amount of information can be developed describing the interior, which can change considerably during the project according to costings, marketing and client whims.

Once the interior and architectural designs stands, there is an interface between them which needs to be resolved and detailed. The interiors package is often sent to the architects to find feasible ways to fix the desired finishes to the architecture. This can include rail systems, special boards, adhesives and mechanical fixes. There is often some back-and-forth when the limits of achievability are established.

The technical detailing of the interior is further complicated with mechanical and electrical equipment in the form of ducting, fan coil units and so on. Pool areas also have the issue of high moisture levels, requiring fixings to be stainless or galvanised and boards to be moisture resistant.

It is good to have a knowledge of both interiors and architecture to achieve desired outcomes, and to have the technical aptitude to work on the interfaces.

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