Generally I put out awesome design styles for different rooms as well as ideas on how use different elements in design. All from other great interior designers and architects.
As much as I love scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration (and I honestly do), sometimes for hours on end, to find awesome design styles, tips and elements to show case to you, I actually have to earn a living.
How I do that is by doing something else I love, design!
So, I thought I would share some of that process with you by show casing two projects I am currently working on. By so doing I hope to help you understand, a little better at least, the process you can expect when embarking on a project of your very own.
Project One – Phoenix Gym
The Client Brief
- A gym unlike a conventional Virgin Active or Planet Fitness.
- An indoor running track with an emphasis on cross fitness, but with a lighter less harsh feel.
- A “hard-core” training area with squat racks, paint work and finishes to suit.
- A smoothie bar with outside seating area.
- Interesting change room signs.
- A general light and welcoming feel but with an Industrial and Rustic aesthetic.
- Motivational quotes painted on walls.
After receiving the client brief I compiled the following design to reflect the conditions laid out.
The Design Proposal Issued to the Client
A 15m astroturf running track, on the left, complete with battle ropes and painted murals. The hard-core area with squat racks and heavy-duty rubber flooring to prevent damage to the floor. The remainder of the exercise and weight training area has standard interlocking rubber flooring, common in most gyms. The balance of the flooring will be polished concrete, to keep with the Industrial theme. The passage clearly separates the change rooms and office from the functional training area, as well as being essential for fire escape routes. The smoothie bar opens out onto the outside area complete with pull up bars for external training.
Rendered Perspective – Looking from the squat racks towards the smoothie bar and outside seating area.
This represents the proposal for the painted signage for the change rooms. A wall will be constructed, to the left, to separate the running track and for use as a medicine ball wall, painted marks will allow clients to track the height of their throws. The ceilings will be left exposed concrete and painted black, with steel cable trays and lighting to keep to the Industrial aesthetic.
Rendered Perspective – Looking from the entrance towards the running track.
The client wants a graffiti mural, that represents their logo, to be the main focus point as clients enter the gym. I have incorporated the logo colours into the design by painting columns and suggesting the use of those colours for swiss balls and medicine balls. Exposed brickwork will be painted white for a light Rustic feel with motivational quotes painted to inspire the clients.
To the right is the smoothie bar with a white “Caesar Stone” counter top with a timber vinyl cladding base. This lightens and softens the area and reduces the cost, as the client is on a strict budget. Caesar Stone is a more cost effective alternative to marble or granite. Timber vinyl is more affordable than real wood. Despite being less costly these materials still look great and capture a similar look to the real thing.
Often it is imperative to find alternative options and still create the same look and feel while still remaining within the client budget. A project will not happen if the client cannot afford it!
Project Two – Kitchen Island
This is a project I received from posting the Kitchen Design article on Facebook. My girlfriend had shared it and her friend saw it, read it and happens to have a kitchen very similar to the Traditional one featured in the article.
to be exact. Just without an island. He contacted me and asked if I could help him with something similar, of course I said yes!
(That single like on Facebook got me an amazing client with the possibility of future work, either from them personally or by referral. If you see a Gentleman’s Evolution post you like or that could benefit someone you know, please share. It would mean the world to me and it will allow me to keep creating this awesome free content for you guys.)
The Client Brief
This was pretty much based on the image above, but had to relate to the client’s existing kitchen, which differed in some ways.
- White painted timber to match the existing.
- A French oak countertop, to match the client’s dinning table. With a black Rustneburg black cutting board inlay to match the existing counters.
- Stylish bar stools for seating so the island can double as a breakfast bar.
I decided on using awesome stools by James Munge, a Cape Town based designer with some truly great pieces. Be sure to check out their website at http://jamesmudge.co.za/
Example of a Presentation Page
The arrangement is to illustrate the design, what it will look like compared to how it currently stands.
I show a rendered perspective. A dimensioned plan view, dimensions are not usually shown at this early stage but in this case I wanted to indicate there was adequate room to open the oven door, something the client was adamant I check, and rightly so. The existing kitchen as it stands shows the difference the addition will make. Finally some samples of the materials and the stools.
The structure of the island remains the same as the exiting, white painted timber with slatted shelving, to tie the elements together. The new counter will be French Oak, as indicated by the sample in the circle, as with the Black Granite inlay. I chose a variety of black and timber chairs to match the granite and French oak.
After this I completed a more detailed drawings to send to the contractor for costing.
I will also be doing a bar for the same client, which I am really excited about! I’ll share as soon as I have something.
I hope this has served to help you understand the process of design, what to expect when working with a designer and has given you some insight into what I do.
My aim as a designer is to understand what you want, ensure that you get what you want, on time and in budget, all to the highest possible standard.
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