Second is the Design strategy

This is the most vital phase. I’ll come back to you with lots of ideas and ‘inspirations’ – cuttings, pictures and references I’ve found and built up over years. These aren’t for you to buy, but to give you a feel for the type of ‘mood’ I think you’re looking for – the colours, textures and styles.

If you’re looking for a rustic feel, we’ll talk about exposed woods and aged materials, maybe look at country home furniture and pictures of the types of rooms I think you’d like. If you’re looking for something more ‘modern’, we’ll talk about steel, glass surfaces, different styles and types of furniture.

I won’t just give you examples. I’ll explain why I’ve chosen them, and why I think they resonate with you.

It’s a kind of test to see how well I’ve understood you, because it’s vital we get the ‘mood’ and strategy just right. (If I haven’t listened to you properly and get it wrong, I won’t charge).

If you’ve given me a budget to work to, everything I show you will be achievable within it. If you haven’t, I’ll give you an estimate of costs.

The next stage is the options.