When confronted with a significant “make do” situation, the Interior design path must hold their creative skills to a reactive paradigm, and seek compatible solutions from that perspective!
Why are some Interior environments held to working within the kinds of limitations mentioned above? It might be due to revised ordinances or possibly new local legal stipulations. For instance, if you deconstruct problem factors a, b, c, you must then conform to all of the new disciplines regarding older structures, such as bringing them “up to code,” or meeting important safety and earthquake guidelines. There are other rationales as well, but it all comes down to the same challenges for clients who want to improve their Interior spaces, but are not ready (financially or otherwise) to go all the way to complete renovations that would meet new guidelines.
Which brings it all back to –innovation! The orange ceiling color is probably negotiable; but moving walls, reconstructing entire basic elements like the sloping concrete floor are issues that must be approached carefully in order to comply with existing regulations. That’s where innovation comes into the Interior design process! Turning “resident ugly” into interesting and acceptable Interior design tests both your team and your patience.
Many older structures exist in a kind of twilight zone. When it comes to competing with newer, more efficient structures, there are the somewhat “romantic” aspects of respect for age to consider, plus the charm of unique elements, which are difficult to deny yet, risky (and expensive) to hold onto or modify.
When a business is situated in a vintage structure, wants to remain there and wants a remarkable face-lift with which to address their competition – not to worry! It may be touchy, but it’s not impossible. Your Interior design team knows the ropes and will help you do magic!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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