Kate is often consulted before a client has even decided
to buy a property so that with Kate's guidance, they understand fully
what they might be taking on. KAW Design undertakes a wide variety
of projects from small cottages to major country houses.
Kate passionately believes in the conservation of all types of buildings
and enjoys working on small projects as much as on large ones.
At the start of a project, Kate will listen carefully to the client,
paying attention to the kind of interior they want to realise
and how they want to use the building. She also considers and
assesses the building concerned, sensing its strengths and weaknesses.
Just as wearing clothes that are too small or too large doesn't feel
right, buildings that are redesigned in an inappropriate way feel wrong.
This initial process may take a day or even several, depending on the
complication of the client's and the building's requirements. It is
a vital stage upon which hangs the success of the project.
From the client's brief, a fee proposal will be produced taking
into account the time and processes involved. Once this is accepted,
along with the terms and conditions, Kate will begin developing initial
conceptual ideas for discussion.
If the initial concept is liked by the client, Kate then works
these into a fully detailed design proposal. Once the design
proposal is finally agreed, the necessary paperwork including specifications
and tender documents are put together. Kate will also negotiate and
liaise with planning authorities, the client's architect and
any other professional consultants who may be required. The choice of
contractors or suppliers is usually a joint decision reached between
the client, Kate and any other consultants working on the project.
Furnishings are a major part of any project. Curtains, upholstery,
furniture, carpets, light fittings, ironmongery, pictures and other
works of art, and accessories, all need to be carefully considered.
Schemes to give a clear indication of how a completed room will look
are put together using as many aids as necessary (samples, drawings,
or models). The key thing is to produce a scheme that is in keeping
with the spirit of a house and which does not look as if the decorators
have just left!
Once work is underway, KAW Design's responsibility is design
supervision only. Kate will liaise with all specialist contractors
to ensure that what the client wants and has agreed is carried out by
the contractors to the standard required. For example when working with
mechanical and electrical engineers, appropriate locations for plumbing
and electrical needs such as radiator positions, pipe and wire runs
will be agreed. Kate also takes particular care with the positioning
of light fittings, switch plates, and any security equipment. Kate
will draw up a furniture layout with the electrical layout superimposed
so that all these elements are coordinated.
The administration of a building contract is the responsibility of
a project manager or building surveyor.
At the end of a project, site visits are made to ensure that all work
has been completed to a client's satisfaction and any outstanding issues
are dealt with.