How long does an interior design project take?

You’ll get the best out of your relationship with an interior designer if you understand their processes. Here’s a handy guide to the stages and timescales involved in a typical house renovation that doesn’t require significant building works. You may be asked lots of questions when you first make contact with an interior designer. Your home location, project requirements, budget and timescale will need to fit in with their existing workload.

STEP 1: INITIAL MEETING

Your designer will be keen to understand your project brief in detail.
They’ll be interested in the age and architectural style of your home. They need to understand your lifestyle and what makes you tick. You’ll both need to decide if you can work happily together. Even in these early stages, it’s advantageous to work out how much you want to spend. Your designer needs to be fully informed to be able to make design and spending priorities. They’ll also use this opportunity to make sure that you’re familiar with their project portfolio and their professional terms and conditions.

Time: 2 weeks

The designer will soon be in touch to confirm their interest in your project and provide you with a quote for their initial design services.

STEP 2: INITIAL DESIGN STAGE

The next stage will be to appoint your designer formally. They’ll then develop the project brief, come up with initial design ideas and confirm budget guides. They’ll present their initial designs in the form of mood boards, digital 3d models, floor plans, elevations, samples and budget breakdowns.

Time: 4-8 weeks

Interior Design
Interior Design

STEP 3: DETAILED DESIGNS

It’s then time to fine-tune the designs and make any changes. The designer will make agreed changes, prepare any construction drawings and prepare detailed costings.

Time: 1-6 weeks

This stage will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have, and to finalise any changes you might want to make to the initial design.

STEP 4: PROCUREMENT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Once you have approved the designs and budget, it’s time to plan an ordering schedule so that all items arrive on time. Lead times can vary, and there are sometimes multiple suppliers involved in the manufacturing of a single piece.

Time: 6-12 weeks

Building works can be proceeding simultaneously, and product deliveries will be scheduled to coincide with any building program.

Interior Designer Mood Board

STEP 5: DELIVERIES AND INSTALLATIONS

The running time for deliveries and installations will often take up to 2 weeks in total.

Time: 2 weeks

STEP 6: SNAGGING

Inevitably small jobs get missed, or paintwork gets knocked, so it’s best to add in a few days to make sure everything is completed correctly.

Time: 2-5 days

TOTAL TIMESCALE

Every project is unique with varying requirements. Give your designer plenty of time to think through all the details, so that you get the best results.

Time: 14-31 weeks

WANT TO EXPLORE OUR COTSWOLD INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS?

If you are ready to start your Cotswold interior design journey then why not get in touch for an informal chat.

We offer an Interior Design Service that can take care of every aspect of your interiors project. If you’re considering a new build or home renovation and think we could help, we would love to hear from you!

Call us on 01386 258007 or email us at info@helenbainbridge.co.uk to discuss your project.