When a commercial design project involves an existing, functioning business, there is the important reality that business must continue productively while the design project takes place. That situation presents a good opportunity for incremental phases – perhaps allowing operations to vacate one portion of the facility and move to another area while work is being done, then reverse the process.
Drastic renovation of a vintage home is an excellent example of where and when it might be wise to approach the project in spaced phases. Older buildings are full of surprises, and may fall under certain modern building compliances. Such circumstances can create more design considerations than the remodel of a newer building. Often there is demolition involved before new configurations and improvements can go forward. And, the project may become larger than was originally expected. Breaking it into spaced increments may be the answer.
Accomplishing a design project when the building – residence or business – is vacant is vastly different than when occupied. However, there may still be reasons to divide the project into separate design and installation phases.
Consider a building that is intended for medical, dental or other professional occupancy. The client may wish to create an integrated and compatible design and personality for the building, but may wish initially to only finish specific areas, leaving others until additional occupancy is determined.
Your designer will work with you to develop a projected plan that is paced to suit both budget, function and use strategies.
When preparing a phased design project, your designer will want to work with you on the big picture, and the full desired end product. When you are able to envision the whole, the paced increments can be logically developed, and will not feel like fragments, but rather part of an exciting whole which you will accomplish in stages.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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