DESIGN SHADOW: CAULKING – A TIDLIC

Now that we are about a month out from “turn over” – the date that the contractor turns the building over to the Owner I am spending at least one day a week if not two, walking the project and inspecting progress of materials and finishes going in. Today I met with one of the …

INVOICING – AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S NECESSARY EVIL

I wish being a designer was just about creativity and design. What I learned quickly after leaving school, was that being successful wasn’t about just being a good designer. You have to be able good at managing finances (that dirty green thing that helps us keep on doing the thing we love.) Which means getting …

TILE SPECIFICATION – LESSONS LEARNED

Today we finally made resolution to a tile problem we have been trying to resolve for months. The back story: We have been working on a large plaza renovation which includes a couple large landscape fountains. Our scope of work is to remove the failing stone pavers in the plaza and replace the tile in …

FIRE RATINGS FOR DOORS – A LIFE SAFETY ITEM

If you read my posting called Redlining you would know that I have been working on a small TI  lobby remodel. Just as we were about to issue the set of drawings for bidding, we were asked to replace all the main doors down two side exit corridors through the building.  This wasn’t apart of our original …

REDLINING

Today I started the day by redlining a set of plans for a lobby TI that three of us are working on. The Principal in charge of the project has the relationship with the client, but another designer and I are getting the work out. This project is very small but has taken quite a …

PROJECT BUDGETS

This week one of the projects I am working on received some local press. The LDS Church is building some new training/classroom buildings to help with the increasing number of LDS missionaries through-out the world. These buildings will be built on the south side of the existing campus. There will some demoing of some existing …

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S “TO DO” LIST

This was my to do list for the day. Ask me what I crossed off… zip, zero, nada! I started one… only to be pulled away. So how did I spend the day you ask? Getting pulled into impromptu meetings like one that we  discussed how best to resolve an clients concern who can’t see …