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  • Writer's pictureLucia De Biasio

Timing Your Interior Design Project

When it comes to interior design, there is nothing worse than rushing a project. There are numerous elements that must be taken into consideration, and this can’t be done if the project is rushed.

Nonetheless, there is a difference between taking an excessive amount of time to complete a project and taking just the right amount of time to make it into the space you have always dreamed of. So how long should it take to complete an interior design project?

It depends largely on these factors:

  • The size of the space – Obviously it is simply not realistic to expect a 19,000 square foot space to be designed and completed in the same amount of time as a 900 square foot space. We need to use our common sense when thinking about how much space is being designed.

  • The number of rooms that are involved – Designing a large single room typically requires less time than designing a space that the same size but divided up into several smaller rooms. This is because you are designing one space instead of several spaces. Every room has its own personality, so by adding multiple rooms, it is natural that you will be adding time onto the project.

  • The complexity of the design – Some people prefer simple designs that don’t require a high level of intricacy, while others would rather have an ornate space that needs a very high level of design. You can ask yourself how much work the design involves, and you’ll begin to get an idea of how long it should take.

  • If any renovations are involved – Some interior design projects require renovations to take place before they can really be started. Depending on the type of renovation that’s being done, you could be looking at a much longer design time. In addition to furniture relocation and changing of finishes, such as painting an accent wall or similar, the addition or demolition of a wall, regardless of size, requires a permit. Permits are also required for any plumbing or life safety work that may be affected. Permit times can range, but it can be up to 20 working days in Ontario. Factor it in, because it is a major player in the schedule.

  • The types of products that are being used – Sometimes completing a design is as simple as getting the items in stock. In the case of some specialty items or even equipment, such as a UPS , the lead time of certain products may have to be waited on for a while for them to be imported/ordered and subsequently shipped to the jobsite.

Sometimes it may be beneficial to your bottom line if the new space you buy/lease has existing partitions (walls) to utilize, this saves construction and permit time in the end interior design is about much more than just the décor. A space that is properly designed will be functional for the type of use you require and will allow your team to be more productive.

Before you begin a commercial interior design project of any kind, with a subtrade (i.e. plumber, electrician) or even with a contractor, it is essential that you engage an interior designer first and foremost. The designer will help you understand all the timeframes and set a schedule in place that ultimately the contractor must adhere to.

You certainly wouldn’t want to choose an interior designer who will cut corners and deliver lower quality just so that your space is available a day or two sooner. The space must be efficient, built in compliance to the ONTARIO BUILDING CODE and reflect the client’s brand. Each factor is important and each area requires a set amount of time. Timing is everything.

Let the experts at LDB Design show you what it’s like to walk into the space that you envisioned for your company.

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