The Path To Great Design
Each project begins with a meeting at the client’s property to assess the existing layout and discuss what the client wants to achieve. This is also an opportunity to learn about the client’s way of life and ensure the final design is tailored to their exact requirements. Initial budgets, timescales and the scope of work are discussed during this meeting, which is then followed up with a detailed proposal and fee estimate – see the Design Process section for more details.
Following the initial meeting, we create a scheme to meet the client’s requirements – this process is consistent, whether it is for ‘simple’ restyling of an already beautiful house, transformation of a single room or the complete restoration of an entire house, including bespoke bathrooms and kitchens, sourcing of furniture, lighting designs and audio-visual solutions. However, the scheme is flexible in that it can be for a complete turnkey solution, where we provide all the materials and carry out all of the work, or it can be bespoke, where the client sources materials and utilises their own tradesmen.
The Design Process
Ven Morgan breaks the Design Process into five phases. This provides our clients with peace of mind about how the project will be delivered and how much it will cost. It also provides flexibility, creating a clear road map for a complete turnkey solution delivered by Ven Morgan and our building subsidiary Ven Morgan Construction Limited; alternatively, clients can, if they chose, use their own contractors and suppliers.
Phase 1 – Measuring and Preliminary Designs
During Phase 1, floor plans are prepared to facilitate the development of design ideas. This leads to the initial design brief and concept, as well as early indications of budget.
Phase 2 – Detailed Design & Working Drawings
In Phase 2, detailed floor plans and layouts, including drawings where necessary for bespoke fittings, are produced. Phase 2 also sees the developments of electrical and lighting plans, as well as Audio Visual designs if required. Decorative schemes are chosen, and final finishes, including all fixtures & fittings are soft furnishing are agreed. Full plans are produced for tender purposes. Ven Morgan sources from a wide range of suppliers, which allows us to create an interior that is totally unique to each client.
Phase 3 – Specification of Works & Supplies
During Phase 3, Ven Morgan meets with contractors on site to clarify any construction issues and to present a clear brief of the work to be carried out. A full supply list is also produced at this stage, detailing costs within an agreed budget.
Phase 4 – Procurement
Once the detailed design brief has been signed off and the budget for the works agreed, Ven Morgan can, if required, procure all furniture, upholstery, fixtures & fittings, soft furnishings and accessories.
Phase 5 – Installation
Ven Morgan oversees the final installation of all finishing items. At the end of Phase 5, your house is ready for you to enjoy. By now, to use the words of one of the most influential of early British designers William Morris, you will “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”