Designing office interiors involves creating interior architecture firm settings to meet the client’s requirements from a particular space. Every corporate project related to interiors involves some generic stages to be followed while moving forward with the office design and fit out process. These include:
1) Programming: An office comprises different facilities such as administrative, hospitality, recreational, food/canteen and each space has its own requirements and functions. During the programming stage,
the Interior architecture firm designer has to take care that the design of the office meets the functional requirements of each facility whilst understanding the user’s requirements. He should understand the functional aspect of each space, space allocation requirements and the furniture and accessories required in each facility. Site-visits, research, surveys or meetings with clients and users are the best methods to get a clear idea of the design requirements and expectations.
2) Concept Development: After attaining a solid understanding of the client’s requirements through the information compiled, the designer formulates its concept in the form of design and diagrams. The concept development stage comprises different sub-stages.
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3) Design Development: During the design development stage, the designer is very clear about the design intent of the project. He develops floor plans, elevations, sections, and other detailed drawings whilst explaining the design, colour, furniture and finishes selections made. This phase also involves the budgetary proposal for construction and FF&E items.
4) Concept Presentation: The design prepared is presented to the client for review, revisions and approval.. On the basis of the client’s feedback, the design is altered accordingly to meet the clients’ requirements. After incorporating all the changes, the final design draft is prepared.
5) Construction Documents and Procurement: The construction document is critical for any successful design execution. It consists of final sets of documents with all the necessary specifications that will help the contractor to start building the project. Besides including complete sets of floor plans, elevations and sections, it also consists of the finish schedule, furnishing specifications, material details etc. Once the construction documents are approved, it is sent to potential contractors for bidding. In the next step, bids are obtained, the contractor is finalised, purchase orders are issued and the project is started.