The danger of being misdiagnosed the wrong design

The danger of being misdiagnosed the wrong design

The #1 cause of budget over runs when renovating your home is when homeowners rush into the design phase before completing their research and analysis. This research benefits both the homeowner and designer as each get a better understanding of each other before decisions have to made.

When this upfront research is not completed, communication is lost and assumptions are made, resulting in a misdiagnosis and resulting in the most costly long term mistake people can make, having to settle for the wrong design. This reconfiguration outlines the danger of how you can be misdiagnosed the wrong design when you do not understand how your layout will work for you.

The consequence of now doing your upfront research is like building a house on bad foundations or just like a Doctor rushing a patient to surgery without a proper diagnosis! For my client I would rather me the doctor on their project than the ambulance.

To watch the full video of how I rescued this layout of being misdiagnosed the wrong design, CLICK HERE

 

 

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free ‘Clarity Call’, and you will learn more about how my unique design process the Memory Making Method™ can turn your outdated home into the gem it can be.

Thanks,
Eleanor

 

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 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.

Thanks,
Eleanor

 

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.

Thanks,
Eleanor

 

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.