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Our Process

We work on projects ranging from a reconfiguration or refurbishment of your current space, all the way through to designing and implementing a new interior environment from scratch. As such, we engage our broad scope of services to effectively tailor the process for each project.

Our starting point for any project is the trusted 5-step approach endorsed by the IID. However, each client and project brings unique elements and dynamics, and as a result, the process will be adapted to best fit your requirements.

By following this process and tailoring it to each specific project, we offer a personalised service to achieve the best results. We’re with you every step of the way.

Foundation Stages of Our Process

Stage 1: Appraisal and Definition

Detailed Brief
We work with you to develop and formalise your brief, using our experience to ask the right questions and fill in gaps in areas that might not have been considered. We also arrange and facilitate meetings and workshops with all levels of staff as needed.

We help develop the high-level project budget, and work hand-in-hand with you to manage and adjust this to achieve the desired balance.

We establish milestones and deadlines to help ensure that you meet your move-in dates.

Stage 2: Design Concept

Space Plan
Taking your requirements into account, we will develop a space plan. This will involve maximising space usage if a building has already been selected, or offering test-fit plans for a variety of buildings. We will also advise you on which option would best suit your needs.

Look and Feel
We will help you select the high level design direction that suits your business, from contemporary, industrial and minimal to playful or classic, and all variations in between. We have a range of tools to help us set off in the right design direction together.

Project Management
Depending on the project requirements, there may be a need to engage with other professionals such as Structural, Mechanical or Electrical Engineers, or IT, Architectural, Plumbing, Acoustic or Audio Visual professionals. We manage this process on your behalf and ensure that all aspects are considered before proceeding.

Stage 3: Detailed Design

Finishes and Fittings
With the overall direction and design selected, it’s time to look at the detail and choose the finishes and fixtures that will bring the design to life.

Samples and Renderings
We will present you with samples, supported by 3D visuals to help you visualise the space and choose the elements that fit your style and needs best.

Stage 4: Technical Documentation and Procurement

Technical Drawings
We will present you with detailed drawings that will include all elements of the project including demolitions, brickwork, glazing, partitions, doors, wall and floor finishes, electrical and data outlets, lighting, air-conditioning, signage, joinery, loose furniture and soft finishings.

Tender Process
Using the set of drawings as a watertight package for pricing purposes, we will obtain construction tenders and manage the complete tender process on your behalf, compiling the overall project budget. If value engineering is required to fall within the budget set up front, we will continue working to ensure the cost parameters are met.

Stage 5: Construction

Contractor Management
Whether we work with a builder of your choice or manage the construction ourselves, our extensive experience allows us to ensure a seamless construction process. We manage the process by means of regular site meetings and inspections, site advice and setting out, regular programme and budget reviews, snagging, de-snagging, and on-site relationship management.

We will finalise and sign off the project with you before move-in, making sure all aspects of the project meet with your satisfaction.

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Get In Touch

Contact Grant Johnson by email or phone +27 (0) 84 700 0649

Visit our studio at: Unit AA, 409 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa

IID - The South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions