By Marty Morse; CR
A beautiful design is not useful if the client or contractor cannot cannot acquire the proper information in order to build it. A quality design requires detailed drawings and specifications in order to facilitate an accurate and timely construction process. A skilled designer can accurately portray the 3-dimensional world in a 2-dimensional form, allowing the production team to accurately develop the final product as expected by the designer and client.
Before you embark on engaging a design professional to map out your new home or custom remodel, it is important to make sure that the designer has the experience and knowledge of how the project will be constructed. Details of intersecting materials, such as kitchen sinks with solid surface counters, are an important part of the finished project. Designers should have the knowledge to specify the transitions between materials and how they will be finished upon completion of the installation. Accurate drawings and specifications eliminate the last minute field modifications, or costly changes due to unfinished design details.
Clients hire professional designers in order to eliminate the element of the unknown and make sure they are getting exactly what they and the designer want the finished product to look like. This communication is done graphically and with detailed specifications. A quality design will include a detailed description of the products used for the project, such as manufacturer, finish, size, and appropriate options. It is quite common for a detailed design to have several pages of product descriptions, sizes, finishes, colors, and detailed specifications.
Furthermore, detailed drawings assist the production team during construction. This is especially important when the design is unique; cookie cutter designs can be built from more simplistic drawings, but a design that is unique and custom should have drawings that spell out each detail. A good designer will typically consult with a trade professional to make sure the design idea can be implemented properly with the production team.
Quality design is a very important part of the home improvement process. The 5 elements we have discussed in this series are; communication, strategy, creative design development, experience, and details. They are all extremely important and crucial to a a quality design experience. I hope you have enjoyed reading our 5-part series and you have found the information useful when you seek out your next professional designer for your home renovation project. Design, Build, and most importantly, Enjoy!