Our Approach

 

We offer a complete range of interior architecture and design services – from helping you decorate and furnish a property to planning and implementing a full refurbishment. 

 

Initial design consultation 

The first step is an initial site visit to meet you and view the property. This we offer free of charge. We have an informal chat to find out what you are hoping to achieve, and we talk loosely about target budgets and timescales. Together we will formulate an initial scope of work that outlines the services you require. Then soon after the meeting, we send you an estimate, together with an overview of our approach to your project. 

 

Stage 1 – Analysis 

Once appointed, we start by arranging a follow-up meeting to take a detailed brief from you. We complete an in-depth questionnaire together, designed by us to analyse your functional needs and tastes, to identify possible starting points/design drivers and establish your aims and objectives for the project. We advise you on interior design styles, taking you through a range of images to propel things forward aesthetically/stylistically. All of this information is carefully compiled into a written brief, which outlines the parameters and scope of your project.

A full measured survey is also undertaken to help us familiarise ourselves with/explore the potential of your property.

 

Stage 2 – Look and feel  

A concept design is created for each room/area. To begin with, we are only concerned with creating a ‘look and feel’ for your interior, and we do this by taking into careful consideration everything we’ve learned at the briefing stage. This is also where we look to our own inspiration/experience for new ideas that we think you’ll love. All of this is pulled together into a presentation consisting of scale floor plans, realistic 3D visuals of the rooms, sketches and sample boards.

 

Stage 3 – Detailed design and specification

Once the broad concepts have been set, we go on to develop the designs for each area in greater detail. This usually includes wall elevations, electrical/lighting layouts and other drawings to properly convey the designs to the relevant supplier and/or installer. A set of costed schedules are also provided at this stage including all of the items and finishes we have sourced, plus estimates from contractors and other specialists for the work involved. 

If planning permission or a lawful development certificate is required, we handle the drawing work and manage the application process, acting on your behalf as your agent. 

 

Stage 4 – Ordering goods with trade discounts 

We have trade accounts with all the main suppliers, and can usually secure the best prices for fixtures and furnishings. Any goods ordered through TJI will be supplied at the trade price plus an agreed handling fee which will equate to a significant cost saving for you against the retail price. 

All agreed goods such as furniture, soft furnishings, window treatments and accessories are ordered and deliveries programmed so that the items arrive on site at the right time. 

 

Stage 5 – Project coordination during construction 

We provide our team of skilled tradesmen and specialists with all the info they need to implement your designs. As soon as they start work on site, we oversee them to make sure everything runs smoothly and to a high standard. Alternatively, we are just as comfortable working alongside your preferred tradesmen, giving them advice on design-related matters as and when the need arises. Either way, we offer a full project coordination service right up to snagging and completion. 

 

Stage 6 – Delivery and installation of furnishings 

Deliveries of furnishings are as tightly scheduled as possible – ideally over 1 or 2 days. We take delivery of all items at the property, check them and arrange them in position. While this is happening we also oversee the hanging of any artwork, mirrors or window treatments.

 

The cost of our interior design and project management services   

Due to the intricate nature of interior design, and the many variables involved, we do not have a standard ‘price list’ as such. All of our work is highly bespoke, therefore we must at least conduct the initial consultation before we provide any estimates for the work involved. Following the initial consultation we do send you a detailed breakdown of the work required as we see it, against which we give estimated fees.

 

Photography 

When your project is complete, we will add finishing touches and request to photograph the property for our portfolio. 

 

One-off interior design consultation

If it works better for you, we can provide a consultancy service for which we charge by the hour. After an initial chat about your project, we will arrange a site visit where we will walk around the property giving advice and ideas as we go. We would then follow up with a letter outlining all of the points raised and advice given.  

 

Interior design in Richmond 

We have been offering interior design services in Richmond and the surrounding areas since 2011 and have an extremely good feel for the area. We have worked extensively on the Richmond Bridge Estate, as well as Richmond Hill and the surrounding areas of Twickenham, Kew, and further towards Chiswick and West London.  

 

Interior design in The Cotswolds 

With a second office in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, we also offer interior design services in this area. We have a number of ongoing projects in Bath and the surrounding areas, and pride ourselves on having a good feel for properties in the Cotswolds.  

 

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Get in touch:

info@timothyjamesinteriors.co.uk

 

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