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How your designer can save you $100 000*

file7411252893790You noticed that little asterisk, didn’t you…? And you thought ‘Uh, huh, here we go with the big claims…’

Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s not a big claim with a lot of T&C’s.

The title should actually read:

‘How your designer can save you up to $100 000’

Because you know what…? We have done just that…!

The disclaimer part is this: we achieved this amazing amount of money for a million dollar project and not all of our projects have that sort of budget.

The point is though, is that we have saved the majority of our clients tens of thousands of dollars and that is the aim for ALL of our projects. Yes, your practice designer can (and should) save you money.

But how…?

Well, the quick answer is ‘by doing our job’, but that doesn’t tell you anything.

So, let’s start here:

When you first think of what an interior designer does, what are your first thoughts…?

  • Pick colours and fabrics
  • Select furniture
  • Design a kitchen

Well, you would be right. But what does a surgery or practice designer do…?

  • Pick the colours for you reception and surgery
  • Design the reception desk
  • Select some feature lighting and artwork

Again you would be right…! However, what do we at Ego Squared do…?

Well, that’s where it gets interesting…!

We get into the nitty gritty of what you and your staff need to operate your practice. We think of EVERYTHING, we will even ask you the viscosity of your preferred soap (I’m not kidding…!)

Here is the type of detail we go into as a standard process:

  • Site and location plan (or contour survey depending on the complexity) showing car parking, landscaping etc
  • Internal demolition plan
  • Floor plan showing wall and furniture layouts, circulation space (for Disabled Access and Mobility)
  • Wall and partition specification (including radiation and sound insulation requirements)
  • Door and window specification (including hardware, framing, hinging, door stops, door signs etc)
  • Ceiling requirements (cornicing, access panels, insulation, exhaust fans, ceiling features and bulkheads, air conditioning locations, fire sprinkler locations)
  • Lighting and switching (including emergency lights and exit signs, after hours lighting)
  • floor finishes layout (including skirting, coving and flooring junctions)
  • Services plan (including every power, data and phone point, security system locations, master switching, equipment requirements etc)
  • Accessory specifications (including soap and paper towel dispensers, computer brackets, sharps bins and funnels, monitor and TV brackets etc)
  • Internal and external elevations (to get an overall feel of the space – council want to see these to make sure each room is habitable)
  • All built in cabinet details (showing overall look and sizes, service points for accurate install and finishes locations)
  • Feature lighting, window treatment specification, painting and wall paper specification and locations, artwork, furniture, mirrors and other decorative items
  • Signage design and detailing (mainly internal corporate signs and glazing vinyls, but may also include external wall and main street signs)

And you thought the builder did all this…!

Someone has to think of it all. And it is so much better to get it all down on paper in the planning stage, so you and the builder don’t need to run around after every detail.

In early days, when I was ‘picking colours’ for a builder, I remember going to a meeting with said builder and all his trades. They all kept firing questions at the dentist ‘where do you want this…?’ ‘do you want a power point here…?’ ‘what do you want to do about that…?’ It was awful and exhausting and the client was so overwhelmed.

We don’t want that to happen to you. We know your time is more important.

Unfortunately, your builder thinks HIS time is just as important and he will charge you for this. The less he and his trades have to think, the more they just get on with it. Less time, less thinking, less money.

These scenarios are also when another money draining thing occurs – mistakes. And in the construction industry, mistakes and variations are costly.

We know you want to know EXACTLY what you’re getting and what you’re paying for. We don’t want you to pay for any variations unless absolutely, positively necessary.

And this is the best way to do…!

There is another way your designer can SAVE YOU MONEY is by tendering your project. But I think that is a whole other blog post which I will get to soon…!

In the meantime, if you want to know more how we can save you money, give us a call. We’d love to catch up for a chat…!

The Best Kept Secrets About Surgery Interior Design

Dental Article Cover PageIt’s a very cool feeling to have your expertise acknowledged.

Seeing our writing published in the latest UK issue of The Journal of Private Dentistry is such an experience for us.

Since we launched this website in 2007 we’ve tried to coach you, our potential clients, on the industry secrets you should know about.

You’re going to invest significantly in surgery interior design and how well it all works is going to have a impact on quality of work flow, client perception, staff efficiency and team moral.

These projects can be complex and we’re aware that sometimes you don’t have the information you need.

While some industry operators might not deliberately set out mislead, their ways of working can mean that medical professionals like you are not working with the full set of facts.

We decided to give you the best chance of making an informed decision.  We do this by sharing our own industry experience and pointing out where things can come unstuck.

This means that our clients are better equipped ask strategic questions and quickly identify points of difference.

Dental ArticleRecently The Journal of Private Dentistry (UK) approached us for permission to republish some of our writing in their journal.

For us this was a pleasing industry acknowledgement of our experience and the usefulness of our insights.

It’s true to say that being recognised in this way has refreshed our motivation to keep publishing material that’s going to help our potential clients make informed decisions.

Here is our full article Common Mistakes in Surgery Design.

If you have questions or specific topics you think we should tackle please get in touch. We’d like to publish something useful for you.


Just Who’s On Your Side When You Want A Good Price?

If you are paying someone it’s important that they are working for you rather than forwarding the interests of third parties.

In this post I’m going to outline a couple of things worth considering when you are choosing who to engage for your surgery design.

Your quotes will fall into a few different categories.

  • Independent Designer
  • Independent Construction – Builder
  • Designer (aligned but not publicly so)
  • Design and Build Package (aligned publicly)
  • Builder (aligned but not publicly)

Try to work out which applies to each of your quotes. You can then work out whether an option is being presented because it’s a good or because there is a financial arrangement between the parties.

It’s not just a price issue.

Strategic/financial alliances between designers and builders can be ok fine if everything goes well.

The problem really only occurs when the project comes unstuck for some reason.

An independent designer can help you identify what is fair and what is not and what your options are.

A designer who is not on your side will be there to forward the interests of the suppliers instead.

Your designer/architect should be independent of everyone. They are there to advocate for you not to look after the interest of others.

A little bit of homework upfront could save you money and potentially a far bit of grief later on.