Often clients aren’t aware that Interior Architecture is available to them to help them realise their objective. The initial brief is as much about the Designer educating the client as to the services available to them as it is about the client getting their requirements across to the Designer.
A thorough design brief is a critical part of the design process. It helps to develop trust between the client and Designer.
The RIBA Outline Plan of Work describes the key tasks in obtaining a brief as “Development of initial statement of requirements into the Design brief or on behalf the client confirming key requirements and constraints. Identification of procurement method, procedures, organisational structure and range of consultants and others to be engaged for the project”
OBJECTIVES AND GOALS
Tell your Designer what your objectives are, is it to create a better living environment for your family or is it to have an influence on your company’s future by creating a working environment for your employees that is uplifting or that attracts the public to your premises.
BUDGET AND SCHEDULE
Even if you are not sure of the overall budget provide a ball park figure so that the Designer can give a good idea of what is possible for the Designer to provide. If there is is a timescale, then let the Designer know what that is.
SCOPE OF THE PROJECT
Tell the Designer exactly what is required, what the size of the project is, the number of rooms or areas. What are you hoping to achieve?
OVERALL LOOK – LIKES AND DISLIKES
Tell the Designer what you like and what you don’t.
What colours? Is there a logo to follow?
Are there any disabilities that need to be considered? Mental Health in particular must be thought about as some colours and patterns are perceived in a very different way and can cause behavioural issues. Have some pictures of room designs that you do like and what you don’t like. Expecting your Designer to second guess what you require rarely produces good results, the more information you can provide the better.
Make sure that everything is listed in the letter of Appointment, the Designer should make sure that what you are going to receive for the agreed fee is very clear.
If you are not sure – ASK.