I once read a book called “Entrepreneurial myth” by Michael E. Gerber . The author was investigating the reasons why 80% of small businesses stop operating within 3-5 years and only 20% have successfully grown from small to medium sized companies.


He said if you have the ambition to grow a successful big company, you will need to change your mindset and act as though you already have the  big company. Split responsibilities and tasks by creating job positions like they are in a corporation: Chief Executive Officer, Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Finance and everyone reporting them.  


But when you work alone you have to cover all the above positions, if there are two of you split them in half and you both will have your independent field of responsibilities. If you are more than two, split the positions between the number of the staff members.

Why is that? Because you aim for success, don’t you?

The same applies to interior design.

Every small interior design project, claiming to be successful should be:



So, do you really want your project to be successful?

Every large interior design project has two professionals on board: an Interior Designer and a Builder. Sometimes an Architect is involved, but we are talking about interior refurbishment only without major structural improvement.  If you act alone make sure you act as a client and Interior Designer at the same time.

Then here are some of the steps to follow for a large interior design project:

Client’s responsibilities:

  1. Set the task
  2. Decide whether you need a professional to help you
  3. Decide what you are going to change or replace i.e.:
    • Doors
    • Radiators
    • Sockets
    • Switches
    • Lights
    • Floors
    • Wall covering
    • Bathroom sanitary ware, tiles and fittings…etc.

Interior Designer’s responsibilities:

  1. Find new finishes for the replacement.
  2. Calculate the cost of all the finishes.
  3. Make sure the total budget is something you are willing to spend.
  4. Are you happy with all your choices? You must prepare a detailed scope of the work.
  5. Scope of work (or Room description, which you can download here.) is a document you send to the builder in order to obtain the quote. The more detailed your Room Description is the more accurate is the quote will be from your builder.

And if you really would like your interior design project to be successful, please don’t start by calling your builder. Make sure you are well prepared.


Good luck with your refurbishment project!


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