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Step One: The Chemistry Meeting

Commissioning Janine Stone & Co.

“It’s only by really understanding the person, that it is possible to produce a design that meets every aspect of the brief.”

In this series of posts we take a look at the steps involved in commissioning Janine Stone & Co. as your architect, interior designer and/or build project manager. These steps are indicative of the process that our clients experience when working with us, but do not represent a strictly trodden path. The individual nature and circumstances of each project means that frequently some of these steps merge into one or happen in a slightly different order on a project by project basis. What we are highlighting in this series are the pivotal moments of any project.

Step One: The Chemistry Meeting

Every client is different in every way. How they live and how they want to live. How they entertain and spend their leisure time. What style of decor they feel comfortable with and  what architectural features of their home, that they adore or have a distaste for. There are those clients, who rather than redesign their existing house approach us to help them find a new property with the right kind of development potential. We are also commissioned to design and build bespoke homes from the foundations to the finishing touches. Whatever the requirement our aim is always to play the role of trusted confidant and professional adviser, because it is only by understanding the person that it is possible to produce a design that will meet every aspect of the brief.

Understanding the person begins with what we call ‘the chemistry meeting’. This first stage in the process begins with a meeting perhaps at the property, in our design studio or even over dinner where a potential new clients briefs us for the first time on the scope of the project. It’s about understanding what advice and services our clients might require, but most importantly it’s about finding out whether vision, values, attitude and understanding between ourselves and our prospective client align themselves. Embarking on a project is not just an investment of time or financial resources, but very often requires both designer and client to give something of themselves that is to be captured in the finished design.

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