WHAT WE DO

OVERVIEW

  • Founded in 1988

  • Focused on innovative design and the TECHnical knowledge of modern building construction

  • Dedicated providing superlative design services within satisfying client relationships

  • Experienced at varied project formats - corporate, civic, healthcare, hospitality and restaurant, retail and       residential

  • Collaborative consulting or complete “turn-key” service


INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES   

  • Space planning 

  • Systems furniture layout and design

  • Interior design

  • Green and sustainable materials 

  • Construction documents and code compliance  


ADDITIONAL SERVICES    

  • Project management and permit assistance

  • Contractor qualification and selection

  • Move planning and coordination

  • Furniture budgets, specification, purchase and leasing

  • ADA conformance 

  • Signage programs

  • Art programs

WHY HIRE A
CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER

CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE

In California, a Certified Interior Designer is a person who engages in programming, planning, designing, and construction documentation services for the interior improvement, alteration, construction or installation of non-structural, (or non-seismic), elements within a building. They also design cabinetwork and fixtures; and specify finishes for floors, walls and ceilings; and select furnishings and lighting systems. Certified Interior Designers may also submit their plans to local building departments for a permit if their plans and your project require a licensed contractor to implement them.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXAMINATION FOR CERTIFICATION 

To become Certified, an interior designer must have a minimum of six years combined accredited interior design education and experience (or) a minimum of 8 years combined interior design education and experience; plus the passage of required exams. Interior designers are examined for competence in California Codes and Regulations, design synthesis, schematics, programming, space planning, design development, working drawings, construction documents, furniture and finish specifications, lighting layout and specifications, contract documents, contract administration, and business law and ethics.

WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE A CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER?

The CCIDC recommends that you hire Certified Interior Designers for your interior improvement projects because they have met the education, experience and examination requirements established by the CCIDC Board under Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions Code. As there is no law in California at this time that requires interior designers to be licensed, or regulated by the state, most consumers are not aware that literally anyone can call themselves an “interior designer”. The CCIDC recommends “caveat emptor” (buyers beware), you could be hiring someone unqualified to provide you with competent interior design services. To become Certified, interior designers must prove they are fully qualified to practice in any commercial or residential area of interior design. CCIDC Certification provides assurance to you, the consumer, that your project and funds will be handled competently and with care by a qualified interior design professional.

MUST I HIRE A CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER FOR MY PROJECT?

Current California law does not require you to hire a Certified Interior Designer for your project. However, before you hire someone to design the interior of a new structure, or alter the interior of an existing structure, you should check the designer's credentials and references to ensure they are qualified and competent to perform such work. You may also want to consult the local building official in your city, or county, building department to determine whether or not your project will also require a registered civil or structural engineer to prepare and submit plans and specifications for that portion of the project that may change or affect the structural system or safety of the building.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I WORK WITH A CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER?

You can expect to work with a professional who will share their knowledge, experience, and "vision ability" in a creative and cost-efficient way. They'll provide you with a detailed contract so you know exactly what services you are getting. With project management systems in place, a Certified Interior Designer knows how to orchestrate your project from start to finish. They'll help meet your project goals whether for a favorite room, a two-story home or a large commercial space such as a restaurant, health club or a high-tech business complex.