"Planning is first and most critical stage of a design. It must be given a lot of thought, as the decisions on how to divide the space will affect your home from a functional and both aesthetic perspective."
In the beginning of the design process the first thing I will need is to get to know you better and define your needs.
I believe that planning a house, no matter the size or the location, is a privilege: a golden opportunity to pause and examine your life while asking yourselves what brings me joy. What is comfortable in your current home? Au contraire, is there anything missing, which you would now like to embed in your new home?
We will have a relaxed evening conversation, preferably with good wine, during which I will learn about you by asking personal questions about the habits and preferences which affect your living style. Together, we will write a Programa, a list of your requirements.
The importance of the Programa is in the precise information in it, about you and the sort of home which would serve you best. This will enable me to begin planning your house. Only then I be able to develop the design and divide the space within your home accordingly.
A few example questions: how many people are expected to live in the house? Is there need for a study? Do you like to host and to have people over? Do you like to cook? Do you watch television in the living room? In the bedroom? Do you prefer a bath or a shower? What sort of storage do you need? Is there a work of art that is important for you to display in your new home? The answers are naturally different from client to client and so is the design.
I will also request you to provide me with an accurate measurements and dimensions plan, if such a plan exists. Otherwise I will arrive at the property myself, to measure the space accurately.
Based on the property’s measurements and the list of your requirements which we’ve defined together, I will plan a number of design plan versions for your home. You will be able to combine elements from the various versions, and I will plan further versions if necessary. There is no limit to the number of versions which we will examine. We will work until we solidify a furniture alignment plan which you are satisfied with.
Planning is first and most critical stage of a design. It must be given a lot of thought, as the decisions on how to divide the space will affect your home from a functional and both aesthetic perspective. At the end of the planning stage, you will have a furniture alignment plan at a scale of 1:50, which includes space and furniture dimensions.
Once we have a perfect, final furniture alignment plan, we can now begin to translate the information in it to functional instructions for the contractors. In other words, we can make the working execution plans.
We will begin by going over plan-related questions that arise. We will examine key terms such as: earthwork, concealed mixer valve, showerhead, wall faucet, etc. We will go over various lighting types such as: LEDs, halogen lights, spotlights. We’ll talk about central air conditioning versus split air conditioner system, etc. And many more questions, the answers to which we’ll determine together.
The first plan set I’ll present you with is a cost appraisal plan set. You’ll be able to send it to various contractors and receive info on their costs. Alternately, I can put you in touch with contractors which I have worked with previously and can recommend their work.
Following the cost appraisal, we will make another round of modifications in the plans, after which we will have a perfect plan documentation set ready for executing.
At the end of the work plan phase, you will have a working plans set at a scale of 1:50, which includes a construction plan, a plumbing plan, an electricity plan (at a scale of 1:25), an air conditioning and suspended ceilings plan, a flooring plan and the bathroom layouts plan.
So finally we’ve begun our construction or renovation. Although the chosen contractor has agreed to fully comply with the plan documentation, there are often inaccuracies on-site, as well as problems which naturally arise and must be solved (for example a colonnade placement, positioning a suspended ceiling, construction deviations).
On-site supervision involve closely following the construction or renovation process throughout, including specific on-site visits for milestones such as: laying the first foundation block for interior construction, marking the electrical outlet locations, marking the plumbing points, etc.
This type of maintenance and supervision will provide you with continuous updates regarding the progress on-site, including discrepancies found and follow-ups, up until these are corrected.
As the Renovation and Building comes along, it is time for us to select the built-in materials thar are needed for the construction process. These could be the paving tiles, wall cladding tiles, parquet, skim coating in color, bricks, sanitary ware, Caesarstone, interior and exterior doors, windows and more.
This stage begins with defining your unique personal taste. I will therefore request that you select images for design inspiration. These will include well-designed rooms which you loved or colors which you found pleasing. Together we will define what the apartment’s design theme and style shall be. We will also reflect on the ambience you aspire to in your new home. It may be, for example, “warm”, “clean”, “cozy”, “serene”, or “elegant”. These descriptions will help me direct you in choosing accurate materials and designing a house which will provide you with the ambience you have chosen.
As part this process, we will plan and carry out the “wet” carpentry: the kitchen and bathroom carpentry, an integral part of the decisions to be made prior to the contractor handover. We will compare between various companies in the carpentry market. I will supervise the planning and ensure that it is in sync with your requirements. The kitchen and bathroom cabinet materials will be chosen while considering the overall harmony and design theme of your home.
After finalizing your home’s design backround, including flooring, windows, tiles, etc., we will continue our selected design by choosing furniture and accessories, textiles, artwork and more, within the same color scheme and material choices which we have decided upon.
We’ll consider the style and theme we had chosen for the home in the earlier stages, as we elaborate on the aesthetic language we have defined. All along, I will envision the feelings you’d like to experience in your home – that is my goal.
I always recommend designing a home which evokes emotions for its dwellers, with items which bring up memories or feelings. These may be special photos of your travels and life events, art created by yourselves or by family members, family photos or items which you’ve carried with you through the years. These should generally be items which make you happy. They will serve as our touchstone when selecting new items which will make you feel cheerful, excited or emotional. As with any love story, if you fell in love with it on the day on which you acquired the bed/sofa/painting, you will probably feel that way for years to come.
As part of the home styling, I will plan customized carpentry for your home, such as an entryway dresser, a library, a wardrobe, an office, etc. Every piece of furniture will be planned while taking into consideration the items designated to be stored inside, in a way which will blend in with, as well as complement the overall design.
When designing a home, I aim to create a complete, harmonious space, a feeling that surrounds you from the moment you enter. A space pleasurable by virtue of symmetry and balance”.
Together we will define my style of guidance. Some clients prefer that I take care of the entire design process myself, while others like to be involved in every detail. The choice is yours.