Miller Design | Services
Miller Design offers what we in the industry call Full Scope Design Services. In other words, we can provide anything you will need to remodel or move your offices.
Here is a breakdown of what is included in a Full Scope project:
If you have hired a broker and are touring spaces in various buildings, but you are having a hard time knowing if you’ll fit in any of the spaces you like
– Miller Design can help. We can do quick test fits based on a little information about your company. We can also walk the spaces with you and identify positives and negatives about things you might not be aware of. Issues like: building code violations, accessibility issues, infrastructure concerns and expansion possibilities that need to be considered.Using us for this phase of a project helps you select a compatible space for you and your staff.
- Preliminary Design
Preliminary Design is the foundation for success in your new space. Quality input from you in the beginning positively affects the entire design. We begin with Programming to determine your needs. Space Planning uses what we learned in Programming to create a rough plan of where everyone and everything will fit.
This is where we find out what your space requirements will be. We need your help answering questions about how you want to use your space, what kind of adjacencies various departments or individuals need, how much you think you’ll grow in 3,5 or 10 years. This phase helps set space standards for your staff. It also assesses your equipment and its electrical requirements.If you will be relocating all or most of your furniture and equipment, we will take an inventory of all of the things you’ll be moving so we can place them on the plan we develop.
- Space Plannnig
In this phase, we use the programming information we’ve gathered to sketch out your space keeping everything we know about you in mind. This part is very important because it helps clients see their work environment all laid out on paper. We may do a few plan options, or many depending on how well everyone fits and how complex your program is. We feel that the basis for a successful project is a good plan; so don’t plan to go on vacation during this phase.
- Interior Design
Utilizing the good-looking space plan that we’ve just completed, we add design elements to bring life to the project. These elements might include things like focal walls to show off artwork, built in reception desks, glass locations, ceiling soffits or incorporation of different planes and materials. We also develop finishes and fixtures that include: carpet, stone, tile, paint colors or other wall treatments, woods, window coverings and lighting.
- Furniture Specification
We are very knowledgeable about furniture, but we don’t purchase and resell it to our clients. We work with furniture dealerships to specify furniture that will look great in your space. Dealerships give our clients a designer discount just for working with us. We figure that our projects look better with new furniture, so if we can help you afford new stuff by passing on our discount, we’ll look good and so will your office. The selected dealership is responsible for ordering, delivering and installing your new furniture and providing future service.
- Construction Documents
This phase consist of developing all of the drawings required to get a building permit and clearly explain to a contractor how to build your space. In addition, all plans the MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineers have done that are required by the building department are incorporated into this set of drawings.
- Permit Processing
We act as the permit coordinators for the project. We process the plans at the building department, making any necessary corrections that may be requested by a plan checker. We follow through until a permit is obtained. Plans have to be submitted to the appropriate city jurisdiction for your project location. Our vast experience with most building departments in the county often results in a quicker permit.
- Construction Managment
When construction begins, there are always a lot of contractor’s questions and things that need to be reviewed in the field. We make ourselves available to visit the job-site or attend weekly project meetings to make sure the project is on schedule. The contractor also submits cabinet shop drawings, finish, lighting, and door submittals for our review and approval prior to making or ordering anything. This assures the right stuff will show up on the job-site.This is a most important phase because it insures the design intent of the project will be realized.
An important consideration for your new, beautiful space should be artwork. This doesn’t mean that every piece has to be an original Picasso. There are many options for framed pieces that range from posters, to photographs, to wall sculpture and also original art. Even a small budget can accommodate at least a few pieces in key areas where they will have the greatest impact.
Sometimes you need an interior sign in your reception area, or a series of signs that label conference rooms, people’s offices or departments within your building. We can design these signs and coordinate with a signage fabricator for installation. If your requirements are very specialized we can direct you to a graphic designer specializing in way finding and environmental signage.