Hospitality Interior Designers don’t just provide large project services such as complete renovations, PIP’s or new construction, they also provide services often overlooked by Owners and Operators. Many of our clients call on us for small needs, helping to ensure the tasks and outcomes are done with the right person to manage. Below outlines a list all Hotel Operators should consider speaking with their designer to help keep staff focused on servicing the hotel and not managing areas outside of their expertise:
- DESIGN SERVICES:
- Refresh / Reupholster: Lobby & Guest Room furniture gets a beating over the years and sometimes, the fabrics used in your original installation is no longer available. The designer can assist in selecting new fabrics or, if a franchise property, review the next renovation requirements and determine if utilizing the current fabrics work with your older scheme. Adding accent pillows and other small changes to create a new space is where Designers can serve you well.
- Update artwork: Throughout the public spaces, a quick and affordable way to completely change the energy of your hotel is to rethink and revamp the artwork install. Designers have resources for affordable art as well, custom art both of which benefits the property.
- Update drapery and soft goods: Give the guest room a clean, crisp and inviting refresh. The industry is moving towards black-out roller shades and in doing so, site conditions need to be considered to ensure a true black-out can be achieved. A designer can assist with solutions to your site that can be creative and with consideration for multiple factors.
- New paint scheme: Paint is an affordable way to make significant changes to the overall feel of a space. Creating an exterior paint scheme is also a service Interior Designers can lead with the assistance of trusted paint resources and knowledge of latest paint trends.
- Spaceplanning: Specific areas such as lobbies, restaurants, prefunction or hallway spaces are easily reworked by the use of digital programs such as AutoCAD and is beneficial for the ownership to see how making modifications to existing spaces will feel. Don’t just into a new furniture layout without going through this exercise, it’s a valuable tool to also coordinate site conditions that could otherwise be overlooked.
- Renderings: Having computer generated renderings to solve design solutions helps all parties come to a consensus on the direction for an upcoming renovation or new design. Interior Designers can incorporate their interior design vision by creating a realistic photo quality rendering, allowing for changes to be made. The investment for these renderings can range from $350-$2000 depending on the size of the space and complexity of the design. Nonetheless, it’s an insurance policy on the design worth making.
- PURCHASING & PROCUREMENT: Most Hospitality Interior Design Firms have the knowledge, relationships and experience to provide a wide range of budgeting and purchasing services, it’s just a matter of determining the scope of your needs.
- Budget Development: Designers can assist in determining an overall budget for a wide range of renovation sizes and types. Understanding financials down to sales tax along with warehouse and logistic fees are all costs your Designer can capture accurately for your funding needs.
- Current product offerings: Designers spend considerable time at a variety of Industry Partner trade shows, product presentation lunch & learns and CEU (Continued Education Unit) events to obtain up-to-date product knowledge. This allows for the Operator to spend less time doing the same and more time running the property.
- Renovation: Designers don’t just design and specify, they also provide procurement services. Using your Interior Designer to manage your FF&E purchasing and procurement is a great way to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. The Designer is the person who knows the project the best and will be a great asset to your efforts for a seamless installation.
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT:
- Large Renovations: The Interior Designer is a perfect person to manage large renovations they or their firm has designed as they are the curator of the project. Having a qualified Designer a part of your team not only in Construction Administration but also, to Quality Control the jobsite installations is critical for avoiding any major discrepancies.
- Small Renovations: Although Interior Designers are not General Contractors, they can play a role in supervising and managing small renovation projects without the need for a General Contractor. Such examples could be the renovation of your front desk where coordination is between millwork, lighting and low voltage, finished carpentry, flooring and wall finish applications. As long as all financials flow through the property and not the Designer, this arrangement can be financially beneficial to the project budget.
- Quality Control: Interior Designers work intently on the design of the spaces hired to redesign and renovate. The final outcome is deeply important, not only for the accuracy of the design but validation the design intent is achieved as visioned. When the final outcome is subpar to that design intent, it can be a reflection on the designer who either didn’t have documentation noted accurately or, did not provide enough project management on the jobsite. It’s important to maintain open communication between the designer and the trades who are responsible to install to avoid any areas of confusion.
Call us today (858) 869-0924 to discuss how Payte Miller Interiors can take some of the pressures of design and purchasing / procurement management needs off the desks of your staff…so they can focus on servicing your guests and what really matters to your bottom line.