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  • Writer's pictureLucia De Biasio

What is an Integrated Interior Design System?

An integrated interior design system incorporates all aspects of the design and building process, starting with the layout and architectural design of the space, all the way through the final details and finishing design elements inside the space. Integrated interior design means blending products, materials, and technologies in such a way that the final space is sustainable as well as energy and environmentally efficient.

Here’s how the integrated design system works:

  1. Preparation begins with the client identifying needs and designers regarding a new project. Several consultants may be brought into the process at this early stage. In the case of large building projects, a general contractor and designer may be brought in to discuss how to achieve the needs and wants of the client.

  2. Contract documents are put into place. Once everyone has agreed to the project scope details of the project, a contract is typically enacted, protecting all parties to the agreement.

  3. Consultation begins among the various contractors that will be used for the project. Architects will weigh in on the design and structure of the building, while a construction manager will integrate specific materials into the discussion. An interior designer will make suggestions based on creating a build out that will enable them to create the interior appearance that the client wants.

  4. The general design of the project begins to emerge with a number of specifics in place. Integrated design is important because it enables the client to have everything they want and need in the space. There is nothing worse than getting toward the end of a project and realizing that the placement of the ductwork or other vital building component will prevent some very specific interior design element from happening.

  5. The design is developed further, with even more specifics being dropped into place. The end result of this step is a complete plan that includes every last detail to get the project completed just as the client wants.

  6. Construction begins. This is where the physical changes of the building begin to occur. In the case of new construction, the building takes shape. In the case of renovations, the structure itself begins to morph.

  7. The finishing design touches are installed. Finally we reach the point where the interior design elements can be incorporated. Since these elements were planned for from the beginning, it is much easier to ensure that every feature requested by the client can be accomplished.

Truly integrated design goes even further than simply bringing all contractors together in the design process from start to finish. It also takes into account eco-friendly solutions to the wants and needs of the client. Materials and products are also an important part of the process.

There are numerous components that go into designing any space, and it is easy to forget just a small piece because every contractor has different pockets of knowledge. It is only when these pockets of knowledge are brought together that a fully integrated plan can be created, and it takes a very special team to be able to unite all of these pockets of knowledge in a way that results in the ultimate design.

LDB Design, the interior design firm in Toronto have years of experience creating integrated interior design systems. They specialize in everything from site assessment and building consultation to schematic design, feasibility planning, and programming. Their team works together to create a uniquely integrated project that simply works better than a project that was built or created by a handful of separate companies. It simply makes sense to go with one company for a truly integrated project that has everything you could ever need or want!

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