What to Expect : Refresh and Renovate

“Great design answers a question, offers a solution and solves a problem.” – Dana Hughes

Our refresh and renovation projects often involve similar steps and the processes to complete each one. Where a simple refresh project differs from a complex renovation project exists in the degree and the extent of the scope of the project and the work to be done. Refresh projects often stem from a desire to create a new look in a short period of time; whereas renovation projects more likely arise from a fundamental need to either update the outmoded or bring certain utilities up to code.

Regardless, both refresh and renovation projects require a little more thought and effort than the ease with which – at least for this interior designer, Lance speaking here – working with a blank slate. A blank slate or an empty box simply needs the creation and implementation of a cohesive design plan based on the wants and needs of its inhabitants.

So, what should you expect with your next refresh or renovation project? Read on.

  • Review and Prioritization – As the ink is drying on our mutual agreement, I – or we – as the case may be, review all the aspects of the project and prioritize the order of tasks to be completed. This includes, but may not be limited to, some of the following:
    1. Preparing the Space – Essentially, we will want to clear the space to be worked on from all items that you want to keep safe OR that free up the space you, your decorator and tradesmen need to work on. Implement the tried-and-true clearing practices of save, sell, gift, donate or trash. Separate the items into different piles, boxes or areas to make reuse or reallocation simple to execute later.
    2. Prioritizing Activities – As the space itself is being prepared for the execution of the design refresh or renovation project, we will create a chronological list of the best order of things to be accomplished. These include, but are not limited to, determining tradesmen needed, general list of materials, furnishings, accessories, lighting, etc., needed to fully complete the project.
  • Tradesmen – We will determine what structural or architectural elements will be eliminated and which we will be adding that require some level of demolition or construction and the resources – human – needed to complete each task. For example, removing walls of mirror and replacing with simple painted walls will require removal and disposal of the mirrors and repair and preparation of the walls for painting. We will likely want to hire a licensed and insured general contractor to handle demolition, construction and painting. Adding a new built-in? We will need to consider the design and any other ancillary features you want to add such as plumbing and/or electrical features. In this case, we may need a plumber and/or electrician to address all the desired features of the built-in.
  • Integral Functional Elements – Along with determining the tradesmen required to make your design dreams a reality, we will begin to select everything needed to complete the “skin and bones” of the refresh or renovation project. Everything from paint to cabinets and countertops to lighting shall be selected so that the tradesmen will have everything they need to complete their responsibilities on the project. For example, choose a countertop and fabricator to install the countertop while preparing to paint walls, install wallcoverings and install lighting.
  • Furnishings – Likely, we will also review and make final selections on all furnishings: furniture, rugs, lamps, accessories, window treatments, etc., from the items you own and those you need to purchase to fill in the gaps. Once selections for items to purchase are decided, we will begin the order processing and fulfillment part of the project.
  • Installation – Next, once all the construction, painting, wall covering installation, lighting, etc., has been completed, we will execute the installation of major pieces of furnishings; such as, rugs, upholstered pieces, case goods, etc. Also, at this time, any window treatments that need to be put in place shall be installed.
  • Accessorize – Finally, we will place table lamps, hang art and display accessories.

And that’s it! Understanding at the goals at the outset and clearly communicating the progress throughout the process goes a long way to ensuring our refresh or renovation design project runs smoothly and finishes satisfactorily.

We look forward to sharing this design adventure with you and will guide you all along the way. Remember to continuously ask questions and state your desires so that we can fully address all your best interests and implement the best design solution for you.