Commercial Design

Commercial Interior Design

Christopher James Interiors is a full service commercial interior design firm dedicated to providing our clients with cutting edge design and value.  We have successfully completed many commercial interior design projects which include hospitality design, restaurant design, corporate office design, retail stores and building renovations.  Our mission is to understand our client’s individual needs, image and requirements.  We start by assessing your goals, budget, organizational structure and operational requirements.  Details such as space planning, conceptual design, finishes and furnishings selections, budgeting and building code compliance are carefully planned out. Once we have crafted a concept that is right for you, we will implement and manage all phases of your project.

Commercial Interior Design Project Phases Overview

Below is a a guide which outlines the renovation and relocation process that is associated with a commercial design/build project.  There are two distinct phases (1) The Design Phase and (2) The Construction Phase.  Although some of the phases overlap, the Design Phase establishes the overall parameters of the project that results in a well planned and executed project.

The Design Phase

Initial Interview

Our first step is to establish who our key project contact is going to be.  This helps minimize the time that is involved in the decision making process by reducing the number of people our team will deal with directly on a daily basis.  We recommend having one key contact for your project.

Establish Objectives

The project team reviews the project to establish the key elements, function and use of the space.

Information Gathering

In addition to a mandatory site review, we familiarize ourselves with the existing site conditions by reviewing the base building specifications and drawings.

Preliminary Space Planning

Based upon the information gathered in the site review, and the general project objectives, Christopher James Interiors prepares a preliminary space plan for presentation, feedback, and approval of management.  Revisions are provided.

Space Plan Review, Revision and Approval

Upon approval of our preliminary space plan, we finalize and identify all of the components to be included in the construction drawings.  This information forms the basis of the overall budget once it has been approved.

Costing and Budgeting

A detailed budget is then developed for review and approval.  Carefully selected trades, that are familiar with the building housing the project, are consulted to assist in the accuracy of the budget.  The budget phase involves the following:

1. Refine budget and scope of work

2. Detailed outline costs for the following:  Ceilings, Demolition, Doors, Electrical (Cabling, Lighting and Telephone), Drywall, Finishing, Flooring, Mechanical, Special Surfaces, Woodworking etc.

3. Review with team

4. Budget approval

Design Working Drawings

Finalized drawings are completed at this point to follow through with any details necessary to complement the budget.  Finishes and details are selected to coincide with all the allowances approved.  Complete electrical information is forwarded to the engineers.

Engineering Coordination

Christopher James Interiors coordinates the flow of information and specifications to the selected project engineers. This ensures that the overall design parameters are met and that the approved budget figures are not exceeded.

Schedule Preparation

A detailed project schedule is created to determine that the site arrival timing of the subcontractors will be manageable based on the established occupancy date.

Flexible Construction Management Program

We create a management contract covering all phases of the construction project. This contract is customized based on each individual project. Christopher James Interiors, as a construction manager, obtains competitive prices from all subcontractors based upon the approved drawings, supplies all necessary materials and provides the labor necessary to install these materials and complete the project.

Christopher James Interiors can inventory all existing furniture and equipment for relocation.  A report is then developed for review and approval by management with recommendations for new furnishings per area and a budget is then developed particular to each area.  We will determine specifications for any new furnishings and equipment, select primary and alternative sources, and negotiate pricing and payment terms with these sources.  Christopher James Interiors will arrange for all shipping, storage, insurance, delivery and installation of both existing and new furnishings on the clients behalf.