Most clients believe they're hiring an interior designer to perfect the aesthetic of their space: pick the right paint, place furniture to achieve "feng shui," and purchase stunning artwork. This is all true, but it's only one of many reasons why interior designers are integral to the design and construction of any project.
During a home renovation, an electrician asked the owner where he wanted the electrical outlets in his office. The owner, knowing the furniture layout he and the designer had worked on, bypassed a consultation with his interior designer and confidently told the electrician where the outlets should be positioned. It was only after installation that he realized he had specified an outlet right under his feet and chair mat. What had seemed like a small initial decision turned into a costly mistake - one that his designer could have helped him avoid.
Interior designers understand that the functionality of each space is paramount and know how to achieve it. A good interior design team knows which materials are most durable, how projects should be coordinated, and what common mistakes can be easily avoided, ultimately leading to time and cost savings.
We are a team of designers that provides full interior renovations, tenant improvements, space programming, and finish-out services for private and public sector clients. Our portfolio ranges from hospitality, historic preservation, and higher education projects to government, office, and religious projects. Sustainability is integral to our firm's identity and designing for the environment is considered and prioritized in all of our designs.
For each of these project types, our team can help you with:
These skills enable our designers to create cohesive and functional designs, coordinating the project from beginning to end.
That's the easy part – contact any of our designers or architects. We'll talk to you about your project and walk you through how we can help you bring your vision to reality.
The very first thing you can expect to do is a no-charge consultation to determine your project type, needs, and goals. We'll work with you to answer these questions, among others:
The designer will visit the site to observe the real limitations, opportunities, and scope of the project.
Our team then creates a program identifying the design needs and problems, and the solutions we would use to achieve the design.
The interior designer puts together a proposal for fee, including the following:
The design team will typically put together two design concepts, including finish options (carpet, tile, countertop, and other materials) and preliminary floor plans.
After meeting with the client and refining the design direction, the team will create a polished design for the client to review in a final design charrette, or critique.
Once the design has been decided, the interior designers create drawings and gather item and material specifications for the contractor to bid on and create during construction. A designer will attend site visits during project construction to resolve any problems that arise and verify the design is being completed as intended. The designer will also be present during installation to confirm that every item (including furniture, artwork, lamps, etc.) arriving is undamaged, expected, and correctly placed.
If you are looking for a design team to help you achieve your aesthetic vision, focus on functionality and sustainability, and monitor project progress and cost, CRSA's interiors team is experienced and ready to deliver solutions for your project.