What are the different steps of a design process?

What are the different steps of a design process?

Taking on the task of a home renovation project can be a very dauting and overwhelming process as for many this may be the first time they have taken on a project of its kind. When you haven’t done a renovation project before the process and language used can seem very confusing and off putting to the point that you may actually freeze and not do anything with your home. In order to make your renovation experience more comfortable and easier a process should be put into place.

A design process is a clear, planned roadmap to help clients visualise the different steps it will take to deliver their project from the beginning right through to completion of your services. It should be organised, easy to understand to the point that it is nearly transparent so that clients can understand how and why you work in that way and how it benefits them.


Why is a design process important to your renovation or building project?

Here are three reasons why a design process is absolutely necessary for every design project:

1. Communication

Communication is a key part of any relationship you may have and it is even more so on a construction site, this is because it can be the main source of a lot of dramas within a construction project for the simply reason assumptions are made about things that aren’t communicated very clearly– or things that are not communicated at all.

2. Sets Expectations

A design process establishes the project deliverables and deadlines between you and your client. The client will know exactly what to expect from you (and what not to expect) and when to expect it, eliminating miscommunication and stress further now the line of the project.

3. Gives Confidence

As for many clients as this may be the first time they are carrying out a project like this, they simply do not know what is evolved or what is takes to carry ideas and thoughts through to a completed design. Allowing your clients to see the roadmap of what is head of them before the any work is carried out can put them at ease as they will have a better understanding as to what is ahead and when it will happen.


Cobelis Design Studio Process


“We design your home to make better use of the space helping you to make lasting memories by using our unique design process, the Memory Making Method™”


Using her unique design process, the Memory Making Method™, Eleanor’s clients are no longer afraid that they will get it wrong as she gains a greater understanding and knowledge of her clients problems and aspirations to guide them through the design process, revealing how they will use their home, today, tomorrow and in the future so that you become 100% confident that this is the BEST design option for YOU.



Step 1: Clarity Call

First, we schedule a free phone call where it gives you a chance to discuss your project with Eleanor, ask questions and gain clarity on any concerns you may have. It also gives Eleanor an opportunity to explain my design process and see if you are a suitable fit for each other.

Step 2: Vision Discovery

The Vision Discovery is Eleanor’s diagnosis step, in order to prescribe you a design Eleanor first needs to diagnosis your problems. Eleanor will extract your exact design brief for you to be able to see and communicate your vision in a clear and precise manner. She will get an insight into you and your family, all your thoughts, dreams, ideas, likes and dislikes about how you live and you want to live. All her research and results that she finds are presented to you in a report. This report is now your BRIEF.

Step 3: Design Concept

Once your brief is formed, Eleanor can start designing for you. First drafting up the existing layout in CAD to scale which will enable Eleanor to design new layouts for the area in question. She will design several floor plan options based on the established brief to explore various space planning solutions and options that will BEST suit you. You will then meet to discuss your preliminary design options.

Step 4: Design Vision

After reviewing the preliminary plans, Eleanor revises your favourite design, then designs relevant elevations and render 3D images to suit. You meet again to present your design vision.

Step 5: Design Package

At this stage Eleanor makes adjustments to your design, if necessary and prepare a drawing package for tender purposes for you to get an exact cost for your design project. Your drawing package can also be used to present to an architect or an engineer for construction and or planning permission drawings to be completed.


What does this mean for your renovation or building project?

We know you are extremely nervous to make permanent decisions and this is because you are simply afraid you will get it wrong. Our process focuses on building your confidence using Eleanor’s unique design approach, the Memory Making Method™.  Eleanor unlocks the full potential of her clients home by using her expertise in space planning so that everyone can come to the same agreement on the BEST option to maximise the return on design.

Have you just bought an older home in need of modernisation but you don’t know where to start? Start Here. Take the first step, request a free ‘Clarity Call’, and you will learn more about how my unique design process the Memory Making Method™ can turn your outdated home into the gem it can be.



PS. Do you have floor plans of your new build but you are having doubts about your layout. I can help you. I offer a Design Diagnosis Discussion to people who are having doubts on their purposed design, who are unsure if their space is being used to it’s full potential or are looking for a second option on their floor plans.




What is space planning?

What is space planning?

As a BA interior designer, one of the main reasons I developed my business specialising in space planning is because I saw a major issue in the construction industry where homeowners where glossing over the spatial design of their project simply because they did not understand the layout of their floor plans and proposed designs. They didn’t understand the importance of knowing how the space is going to work or the consequences of bad space planning, until it was too late. It is more than just a checklist of rooms or a checklist of zoning spaces, it is the relationship between rooms, between each functionality, how you use and how the space works for you. Choosing to focus on spatial design means I put a magnifying glass on your floor plan, your layout and how it all works in a comfortable and easy flow.


What is space planning?


Just like the skeleton of your body, space planning are the bones of your design, you don’t notice either when they work but you know all about it when you a break a leg. Space planning is the preliminary step within the interior design process, it is the most important step because it is the foundation of what your design is built on. It is about defining how the space will be used based on what will suit your needs. Space planning influences how you will move around your home comfortably and with ease, it considers the relationship between you and each room through the four design fundamental elements:

  1. Flow
  2. Functionality
  3. Circulation
  4. Connection



Why is space planning so important?


The consequences of an inadequate space planning is like building a house on bad foundations, cracks will start to appear eventually. When your home does not work for you, you can be left feeling frustrated, claustrophobic and emotional. On the contrary, when the full potential of your home is unlocked, it not only works well for you but the sense of relief will bring you great joy and comfort, not only making you love living there, but also making your life much easier, more comfortable and much more enjoyable. When time is not given to study how the space will work for you and your family, oversights happening and mistakes are made. It is very expensive to change ‘the foundations’ once you have started to build on them which can either cost you more money or worse you will have to settle on a design that does not work for you.


What is the process of space planning?


Space planning is included in every design process, however as an architects skill set includes the design of the exterior of your home and an interior designers comprises of specifications on finishes and furnishes maybe concentrating on each room separately and an engineers main focus is to ensure that your design is structural sound meaning creative opportunities are lost. As a spatial designer my expertise lay in between, zoning in on your spatial layout of your home in it’s entirety, how it will flow, how it will connect and work for you.


“For me, design is not about the ‘pretty picture’, it is about how your home works for you, the bones of it, the structure, how it makes you feel and ultimately how you feel in your home.”


There are several things to be considered when working out the perfect spatial layout.

Functionality: One of the first questions I ask myself when I am designing a space is, what is it going to be used for, why is it going to be used? How is it going to be used, not just for now but also in the future, can the layout adapt allowing flexibility for the homeowner.

The User: We all have very different personalities, interests, likes and dislikes. How one person lives doesn’t mean we all want to live like that. The best spatial design suits the personality of the homeowner, how they want to live with ease and comfort.

Proportion: The size of space can have a huge impact on how it can be used and which function it should be allocated. Getting the balance right between the proportion of space allocated to the right function is key to your spatial layout, it doesn’t make sense to have a huge room to house your dining table if you only use a couple of times a week and then have a tightly spaced kitchen where you are squeezed into it, you have to get the proportion of the spaces right.


What does this mean for your project?


There is often more than one solution to planning out a space of a home, the aim is to unlock the full potential of your home to design a space that suits YOU. Are you planning to renovate your outdated home? Does your home feel disconnected or is your home a combination of different broken up spaces that doesn’t flow well together? I can help you get the most out of your space by solving your spatial design problems to unlock the full potential of your home whether it is working within your existing footprint, adding an extension or both.

Have you just bought an older home in need of modernisation but you don’t know where to start? Start Here. Take the first step, request a free ‘Clarity Call’, and you will learn more about how my unique design process the Memory Making Method™ can turn your outdated home into the gem it can be.



PS. Do you have floor plans of your new build but you are having doubts about your layout. I can help you. I offer a Design Diagnosis Discussion to people who are having doubts on their purposed design, who are unsure if their space is being used to it’s full potential or are looking for a second option on their floor plans.




What you should consider when designing your floor plan.

What you should consider when designing your floor plan.

Hi Everyone and Happy Thursday,

After the uncertainty of covid 19, we are finally on the road to exit, hopefully if everyone and everything sticks to plan. With the construction industry given the go ahead of a commencement for new week we can slowly start to make some plans or at least amend them in my case 😉
Deciding on a final layout for your floor plan can be very exciting but it can also be a stressful and pressurised time. For something that is so permanent you don’t what to make mistakes that will cause you discomfort and cost you money. It can leave you going around in circles, googly eyed, trapped with fear of the ‘what if’ or ‘but when’ syndrome. The good news is these are all very common feelings and I am here to help you get a clearer mind and for you to feel much more settled and confident in your decision making. Here are 6 tips to help you cement your final floor plans.


1. Start With What You Know.

It is easier to start with the part of the layout you are happy with, be it the living room, the kitchen or the bedrooms. It can be as small as the downstairs toilet or cloakroom but the point is to start somewhere. If you start from there, you will automatically start to relax and you will feel much more settled in your decision making. You should then start to work out from these areas that you are happy with and build a path  from there.


2. Imagine Yourself Living There.

Imagine yourself walking around the house, how would you go about your daily life? Imagine yourself at home at different times of the day, eating sleeping, playing and relaxing. Do you work from home? We have all been working from home much more these days and we will be in the near future, if possible. Are you the type of person to sit at an island to work or do you think you would need a room, upstairs out of the way? Do you like to entertain? Do you want to entertain? How many people are in your family? Do you have children? Do you plan to have children? Children become teenagers, what are their needs, does your floor plan facilitate that?


3. How are you going to move?

Circulation is a big thing. For many homeowners when designing their floor plan, the first thing we think about is having afew people over. Making plans to ensure that there is enough room for people to mingle, engage and dine is important. It is however, linked in with the skeleton of the circulation design where by you ask yourself simply, how are you going to move throughout your house? This is how your daily life is affected. How and when would you move from one room to another. The biggest mistake I see is when one room is completing isolated from the rest of the house. It is not part of the flow or path of the home. In larger homes, this room can become unused and a wasted space. In smaller homes this room will seem isolated from the rest of the house. The exciting part of being able to design your own floor plan is you get to design and the create the path.


4. Future proof your house.

I am all for living for the now but there are some cases in life where you must consider the future. If you are building as a couple today but you hope to have children, you will need to consider this in your floor plan. Now this doesn’t mean just to increase the amount of bedrooms. It means how is the house going to work with additional people living there. Safety becomes massively important, would you see the children from the kitchen island? Do you have enough storage solutions in the bedroom or for additional toys. You may have to work from afew days of the week when children arrive? Will you need a home office? Do you have an additional snug area? These are the things you need to think of. The best way around this, is to design a layout that will give you options so that your home can development as your family changes and grows.


5. Design for your budget.

It’s all about the monies at the end of it. When designing your floor plan there is a constant balance between what you want and what you have. Remember though, you can always phase your design. Rome wasn’t build in a day as they say. There’s a lot of living in the now, in the next 5 years, in the next 10 years. Try to enjoy that as much as possible. Visualise how you hope your home will look and work towards that. You can also extend in the future, just make sure that what you are doing now, you will not have to undo or cost you money. Prioritise what work needs to be done first and build from there, prioritising your budget and your needs. You will feel much more comfortable living in your new home when you do not feel under huge financial pressure. You have the rest of your lives to this.


6. Don’t design your home for one day of the year.

Do not design your house for Christmas day. Your home is about how you live in it daily, it is not about when you will 35 people over for dinner. It is more about how your floor plan design can impact your daily life and that should be at the centre of your decision making. Think about how many times you entertain, be realistic! Then count how many times you are in your house as a family? Yes, right it is massively imbalanced. Now this does not mean I am saying don’t design your house not to entertain, I’m simply saying don’t prioritise it or allow it to effect the rest of your floor plan design.

I hope this blog has helped you to channel your thoughts when designing your floor plan, it really is an exciting  part of a new build. I wish you all the best with your project.

Eleanor, Cobelis-Spatial Designer


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