Why an Interior Designer Is Essential to a Design Project
Constructing or redesigning a work space is a huge undertaking and puts extreme pressure on an organization, but it is a strategic investment with long term consequences. Work space design does more than create an updated look or portray a specific image to potential clients. It effects job satisfaction, employee retention and performance. When an establishment makes the crucial decision to work with an interior designer from the project’s beginning through every phase of the design process, it ensures that the finished environment will meet all of their needs for years to come. Studies have shown that the work environment is a leading factor in productivity, job satisfaction and retention. Interior designers use space, light, architectural elements, furniture and materials to create contemporary spaces that enhance performance, promote collaboration and benefit employee safety, health and morale. They transform boring, institutional and ineffective spaces into personalized work environments that provide the tools employees need to increase their productivity and a positive experience for potential clients. Second only to pay, it has been shown that people leave their jobs due mostly to their environment. People prefer to work in a space that is attractive and supports their needs to perform a job effectively and efficiently. Utilizing various processes, procedures and tools, an interior designer steers a client through the stages of a project’s design to produce a finished environment that addresses office functions and meets the organization’s desired image. From solving problems, addressing issues, offering helpful design suggestions, to knowing what it takes to make a space useful, interior designers are the best educated in how people work and providing flexibility to satisfy an organization’s growth and change. Through the many facets of the design process an organization must navigate, the interior designer guides and directs the course of the project to facilitate the collection of data and ideas resulting in a successful end product that is what a client envisioned. For companies considering assessing several buildings for their business location, hiring an interior designer directly (not simply using the landlord’s designer) can be extremely beneficial. As part of the “tenant team”, the designer can conduct in-depth interviews and meetings, gathering essential data, to correctly estimate the quantity of space a company needs and the features the space should offer. Touring several buildings with the prospective tenant, the designer can help evaluate a building to determine its suitability to the tenant’s requirements, while assessing which property may be more desirable than another. Variables such as window mullion spacing, column locations, and core areas are factors that will affect the floor plan based on office requirements and size standards, and therefore can greatly influence rent price. A designer for the Landlord is tasked with reusing as many walls and other elements of a given space as possible when space planning for a prospective tenant. Typically the designer will not discuss upgraded ceiling elements, lighting, finishes or other architectural detailing with the tenant as it will increase costs for the Landlord. When working directly with a company, the designer will add upgrades into the space plan and pricing drawing so that the cost may be built into the lease agreement, saving the prospective tenant money. Hiring an interior designer to guide you through the planning process is an important first step to ensuring your project progresses smoothly, efficiently and saves you money.