Each design job is unique yet any qualified restaurant interior designer will follow a few basic steps. By ensuring that each step is completed properly, the designer can guarantee the work will be done right the first time and that you will be more than satisfied. By knowing what these steps are before you hire a designer or design firm, you will be able to ask informed questions and get someone who is qualified to handle the job.
First, your interior designer will come to your location to assess a few things. He will need to know the size of your building, any permanent fixtures which must be accommodated, and your feeling for the restaurant. Size will determine what can and cannot be included in the final design. Permanent fixtures will need to be accounted for in the design and your vision of the restaurant will give him a jumping off point. After completing this step, the designer will then proceed to draw up a few ideas with visuals for you to view. You can either choose one of these designs or show him what you like about each and what you don’t like. Then he will have a better idea of what you are looking for and can come up with some new designs which incorporate these features.
Once an agreement has been reached between you and the interior designer on which plan to use, the work will begin. The working plans may need to be submitted to governmental authorities for approval. The designer and/or his firm will take care of this. If approval is granted, the work can begin. If not the designer will need to make any necessary adjustments and may need to work with you to alter the design to meet building codes. The first step after approval is to set up a schedule of work to be completed along with deadlines. Contractors will need to be hired and your interior designer will take care of this also.
Now that all workers are involved, a project manager will be assigned to the job. His main function will be to ensure all work is completely promptly and correctly. By having him on site any problems that come up can be dealt with immediately. An issue in one area can affect the whole job if not resolved quickly. The project manager does everything in his power to prevent these delays. He will continue on your project until all work is completed. If, when interviewing designers, they say they outsource any portion of this process or try to pawn anything off on you, look for someone else. You have enough to worry about getting other aspects of your business up and running, leave the interior designing to the pros.