You have just hired someone to give your workplace a new fit-out, and you have the perfect vision in mind, but you have no architectural experience. How can you convey your vision in a way that does not result in time or money being wasted?
According to Eric Brown, managing director of QVS Commercial Interiors, the best way to plot out your ideas and share them with other people involves a trusty roll of masking tape.
“Before we build, we'll tape it out on the floor. You tape your walls out, you tape your doors out, you can put desks [in],” he explains.
“Everything you need or you think is going to happen in that office or in that workspace, tape it out on the floor and then walk around it and have a look at it.”
Eric says that this notion is not just relegated to the location you plan to update, as you can create a masking tape plan wherever you want.
“I've strung stuff out in the park before because we didn't have enough space, and the client comes and looks at this space in a park, with masking tape on the grass, and the changes your make there or the information you get out of that is invaluable. It's fantastic,” he says.
After you have created your masking tape plan, this information should be shown to the designer, who can turn it into a sketched plan, according to Richard deVries, director of DCI Partnership.
“We need to get that information down on paper, get it done accurately, talk about it with [the builders],” says Richard.
Eric and Richard agree that having such a clear design brief from the outset enables much clearer communication between the various contractors undertaking the fit-out.
“We try and resolve any planning issues right at the front end, when we're still at that sketch stage, so that when we do get into formal architectural documentation, we're not having to go back and do stuff again,” says Richard.