Having spent 4 years (and a lot of money!) gaining an Honours Bachelor of Design degree, majoring in Architectural Interiors, I can’t help but feel just a wee bit insulted when I come across people who assume we just pick colours and arrange cushions…
So what does an interior architect actually do, exactly?
Well, we start with design strategy… we discuss your aspirations and what you want from new premises. We ask lots of questions to understand how each space will be used and can work out how much space you need and establish a brief for all the things you need and want in the new premises.
We can look for real estate solutions that meet your requirements and can compare and evaluate any suitable options, including preparing sketch plans to show how your business might fit into any shortlisted premises.
Once you have found a space we move into the concept design phase… space planning to explore the best use of space and sketches and sample imagery to help clients visualize what the space will look like.
We then get into developed design where we confirm the layout and detail up walls, custom kitchens, bathrooms, and cabinetry and select all the finishes – flooring, cabinetry finishes, paint, wall coverings, and kitchen/bathroom fixtures and fittings.
We prepare architectural drawings and architectural specifications to meet council requirements, manage the resource and building consent application process, and can co-ordinate pricing or tendering of any building works.
We source furniture, lighting and accessories, project manage the ordering/delivery/installation of these along with overseeing the construction process, and have been known to install graphic decals, hang picture frames and style the finishing of a space too!
So basically it’s our job to manage the whole project, from planning to move-in day, enabling our clients to get on with their day job!