Concept to Completion II: Importance of Design Production
By John Biggs
From the initial concept meeting with the designer to completion and move in, design production plays an intricate role in the process of designing your project.
After the designer meets with the client to discuss concept development, the designer then meets with design production to interpret the client’s desires and translate this into a cohesive design. It may seem time consuming for the designer to review this again, but that is where the magic starts for our department. Sharing all of the personal nuances and preferences of the client results in the most imaginative details throughout the home. An insignia, a preference for shape, a fondness of an architectural style could mean the difference between a beautiful space and a space that totally reflects the personality of the client. These details and intricacies are worked into every aspect of the drawings from flooring to ceiling mouldings and everything in-between.
Staying in touch with the latest electronics advances is vital for our department. This knowledge allows us to anticipate trends and imagine new ways to display these devices. The next generation flat screen panels that are curved to reduce distortion will now need a gently curved wall or built-in to anchor the space. This will also reflect in the furniture layout to achieve optimum viewing depending on the space.
In an age where bathtubs are being eliminated from most homes there is a growing trend for freestanding tubs. Thus, the plumbing fixtures and layouts change eliminating the need for an enormous tub deck for a traditional tub. Walls are now tiled behind the tub or it floats in a space and becomes another focal point. Detailing these individual components affords our team the opportunity to study each aspect of the space. The same can be said for a unique ceiling detail or a custom railing.
Our department has seen a rebirth with the advent of using more efficient and modern design techniques in the preliminary design phase and cutting out the need for as much hand drafting. Using the latest programs such as AutoCAD, SketchUp and others, allows us to bring clients into a new era of design and imagination.