REVIEW, REVISE... RE-CHECK?
Updated: Jun 7, 2018
Revisions | December 21, 2017
Yep! That's right - review, revise and RE-CHECK!!
Each day during the week, my day starts with a coffee. Three milk, and two sug. If I don't have a coffee in my hand when I walk in, the first thing I do is put a fresh pot on. This survival juice actually gets me through my day. Some people have their smoothies or lattes... I really just love my coffee.
Anyway! Review... a word I feel that many may not take into consideration when they think of designing. Upon the many services that are available at Foxglove Design, what most clients don't recognize is that before any material can be submitted or ordered, it is up to us as the designer, to review and critique even what we have designed before any material can be submitted or ordered.
"The more and more I learn about this industry
is that you always want there to be less room for error".
This is a kitchen redesign that I worked on a few months ago and once my client signed off on the final drawings, there were a considerable amount of steps that needed to be done before I could actually send this off to the cabinet maker to get it into production. I needed to triple check all my measurements, check the specifications of the appliances, the depth of fridge panels, how much crown, riser and light valance and toe kick I needed, the height of the double bank upper cabinets, was it panel ready or do I need finished ends anywhere, even down to specifying the cabinet door style and cabinet colour. The list goes on people! And this can take a few hours, or even a few days, depending on my schedule and how big the submission is. Even though I have already done all of that to have the client sign off on it, I still need to review it once more to catch any minor errors. Well, twice more. And then usually a third time because I get paranoid that I missed something!
Once I have submitted the drawings to our cabinet maker, there will be a bit of back and forth for final sign off between myself and the cabinet maker. Reviewing and having someone double check your work is SO important. I truly don't think that people realize all the little details that go into designing a kitchen, or really any design for that matter! It's really eye-opening to see how much time we as designers spend on the behind the scene details. Once something is in production, there is no stopping it now!
Even we make mistakes, or may miss the tiniest little detail and you can think… well okay how the heck did I miss that?! As much as I would love to say I am a perfectionist in my job (it's annoying really, I need to learn how to delegate more!), I am absolutely NOT perfect and I do make mistakes. The more pairs of eyes reviewing a drawing the better! Sometimes I start, and if I need a break, I come back to it. Most times I put aside about 3-5 hours to do this where I get out of my office and sit somewhere where I will not be distracted. I try and take no phone calls or return any emails. To get this done in a timely manner, you need all of your focus on this drawing before submitting it. Even if you have designed something quite simple, all of your focus must be on reviewing and critiquing all the fine details. I can't even begin to tell you the amount of hours I have spent revising, editing, critiquing and revising drawings!
We work very hard to make your dreams come true and to ensure that you are completely satisfied and happy with your design!
Onto the next drawing!