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Debbie Sheaf & Associates offers onsite business/commercial interior design consultations.

Commercial space can refer to a hotel, restaurant, nightclub or even a doctor's office. Depending on the type of commercial space the interior designer is working on, the job can be relatively simple or more complex.

The first step in the process of designing a commercial space is for the designer to look and understand at the space. This step is also known as the conceptualization stage as it's when the designer discusses possible plans with the owner of the property. The designer learns the layout of the building, the way things operate or run, and what the individual's concept that are required.

One of the most important things an interior designer can do during this stage is talk with the client and show them different ideas. The designer sketches plans for the space either on paper or using a computer program to create a 3-D model. Our designer also consult with resources to view new trends on the market today. This allows the owner to see exactly what the designers strategy is and offer their own feedback on the design. The point is for the designer and owner to find common ground or understand the client's specific needs.

The interior designer needs to observe the way the commercial space works in its current state. This can be done by watching during the day as the employees and customers move around the space. If it's a new building not yet used, Debbie Sheaf & Associates may visit another similar space to get an idea of how things operate. The designer needs to know exactly what types of services the business provides, where the employees go and how the clientele move through the space.

Following the owners approval the final design plans, Debbie Sheaf & Associates executes the plans. We will then seek out the specific items and services to make the design happen. This can include hiring an architect to tear down a wall, a plumber to lay pipes or a carpenter to create furniture. We will also sets up the budget and takes steps to ensure that they stick to the budget throughout the project.

Budget is one of the key aspects of designing a commercial space. We will give the client an estimate early in the project and the client expects the designer to stay on budget. The designer and client follow the project closely to make sure the project stays on track. This is just one of the many things an interior designer has to deal with when working in commercial spaces.


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