Understanding the Design Process: Step Three

Step Three: Material Specifications

The third step in our design process is Material Specifications. Once we finalize the floor plan and address any deficiencies, we move forward with specifying the materials to go back into the new space.

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There are so many choices and decisions to be made when building or renovating. Material specification options can include:

·         Exterior Siding & Trim

·         Exterior Detailing or Architectural Styling

·         Windows & Doors

·         Flooring

·         Cabinetry

·         Appliances

·         Plumbing Fixtures

·         Lighting

·         Tile & Stone

·         Paint

·         Interior Trim

·         Interior Detailing: Walls & Ceilings

·         Hardware: Cabinetry, Bath, Doors & Windows

Such a list can be overwhelming and most clients don’t know where to start. They are concerned that each decision is based on the one before and that their project won’t turn out the way they want it to.

At TBD, we navigate this process by curating a design plan unique to the client, the site, and the project. We turn the overwhelm into excitement and present visuals that help the client imagine the finished space. We blend variety and consistency to avoid specifying materials that are too matchy-matchy. We create spaces that are quiet, yet still interesting, and work together.

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We believe in a space that feels created over time; one that blends the old and new and incorporates mixed metal finishes with natural, quality materials. We tend to classic, more traditional lines with an overall clean, simple, elegant hand. We gravitate to neutrals during the Material Specifications phase, but add interest with pattern and texture.

Our goal is to create spaces that will stand the test of time, make people feel good and, of course, function well. We nurture a space so that the space nurtures our clients. It’s our mission and it’s what we are passionate about.