Design Process

Stage One – Initial Concept Design

In the early stages we would recommend a preliminary meeting where ideally architectural plans (scale 1:50) should be supplied together with elevations and cross sections where possible and at this point it is useful to discuss the ‘mood’ of the interior and, if appropriate, the inhabitant’s preferred lifestyle, design aspirations, and use of the interior space.  Kitchen and bathroom plans are also beneficial although, as with many elements of a new building or renovation these designs may change later in the process.

Following the preliminary meeting and upon instructions by the client Claire Pendarves will draw up a proposed lighting design scheme and specification with architectural lighting and suggested luminaire fittings.  Plans will be marked up and a detailed proposal put together with all lighting on a circuit by circuit basis, together with full details and costs of the fittings specified and suggested switching plan.

Stage Two – Progression

Following the presentation of the Initial Design Concept, any alterations or adjustments can be made to the original proposal and a full switching plan can then be drawn up dependent on the client’s requirements.  Adjustments immediately after the presentation are included in the set design fee; any further adjustments or project meetings will be charged for at an hourly rate.

Stage Three – Seeing the Project Through

It is strongly recommended that further liaison is continued throughout the project and site visits are made by the lighting designer in order to ensure a smooth and fulfilling completion of the design.

One visit should be made prior to first fix to run through the fittings specified for each location and mark fixing points.  Ideally this should be an in depth meeting with the client and the electrician so that all parties are clear and happy with the scheme and any technical issues resolved.

A further visit will be made prior to fitting to ensure that all positions are correct and in line with the agreed specification.

Garden Design

Lighting the exterior of a property is an integral part of our lighting design service and we will build in a proposal for the immediate exterior of the building structure bearing in mind safety, security and discreet architectural emphasis.  At the same time we are conscious of energy efficiency and the need to limit any light pollution.

Any further garden landscape lighting can be proposed as a supplement to our service for which full garden design plans will be required.