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…!

One Response to “How your designer can save you $100 000*”

  1. Hey Natasha,
    This is very informative. I think it’s important for clients to understand what we do and the different types of designers which exist. And very important to know and understand that hiring a designer absolutely saves you money, so glad you explained that in such detail!

    ~Tonisha

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