When should you hire a professional interior designer?

I’ve been practicing commercial interior design for over 20 years, yet many people are still unsure about what I do.  The industry hasn’t been effective at making the profession as well-known as other design professions, and with overlaps with both architecture and interior decoration, true interior design can be seen as a bit of an unknown. One key difference between interior design and architecture is scale.  To design a building is a much larger proposition than designing an interior space.  In my experience, there are benefits to having both architects and interior designers on a project team.  As in all…

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Capabilities Statement

CORE COMPENTENCIES We provide all aspects of interior design service, including: Programming Conceptual design, schematic design, and design development Contract and bid documents Interior construction administration  We also focus on green building and sustainability, providing: LEED Green Building Rating System consulting Eco-charrette facilitation Coordination of working meetings with consultants as part of an integrative design process Public speaking engagements and green conference planning DIFFERENTIATORS In addition to overall interior design services, we specialize in custom millwork design, lighting design, furniture design and material/color selections. Understanding key drivers of sustainability allows us to align each agency’s mission and objectives with desired…

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Nature Can Be A Model For Success In WV

(from The State Journal 4/4/14) Green building and issues of sustainability appear to be at a crossroads in West Virginia.  Several factors contribute to this.  One, the state legislature adopted the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 for energy use in commercial buildings last fall.  Now, West Virginia energy standards are finally in line with the majority of the country, including our neighboring states, yet still not at the forefront of current code adoption.  (Maryland adopted the most recent energy code, ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010.) Two, the so-called “war on coal” and the collateral damage of climate change from burning fossil fuels has heightened…

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Charleston Gazette Op-Ed 1/29/14

Whether we realize it or not, right now we’re seeing what happens when one leg of the Triple Bottom Line is broken.  We all understand a company’s “bottom line.”  Indeed, Freedom Industries must be well aware of this common business phrase.  But when we only consider the financial bottom line in decision-making (Economy), we leave the other two legs of Equity and Environment potentially damaged. Economy, Equity and Environment – the “three E’s” making up the Triple Bottom Line.  Also think of it in terms of the “three P’s”: Profit, People, Planet. We’re sold different stories regarding what our priorities…

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Green Building FAQ’s

1.       What is green building? It is a design approach that goes beyond conventional building design by integrating the following elements:  sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovation.  It requires an integrated design process that considers the many disparate parts of a building project and examines the interaction between design, construction and operations to optimize the energy and environmental performance of the project.  The strength of this process is that all relevant issues are considered simultaneously in order to solve many problems with one solution. 2.       What is sustainability? The standard definition was…

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