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  • The Minimalist Interior

    The Minimalist Interior

    The minimalist interior balances simplicity with symmetry, and neutral colors with natural light. The ideas behind the design aesthetic are stillness, harmony, and balance. Spaces designed with minimalism are quiet, rather than energizing.

    In many design plans, color is used to delineate, energize and enliven a space; they are to more approximate natural environments. Color schemes can include sand and shell, with a touch of sky, or the colors of a bird's nest, with tiny blue speckled eggs inside. Natural wood, with textured linen and cotton accents provide subtle detailing.

    One of the hallmarks of a minimalist interior is warmth. While the popularity of the industrial loft concrete finishes is sometimes confused with minimalism, the true minimalist interior has a timeless warmth from the use of natural materials for flooring and materials. Subtle patterns and textures, such as wood grain, provides interest without being static or busy.

    Another hallmark of minimalism is the lack of fussy accessories. Many minimalist interiors confine color and movement to art pieces, leaving the rest of the walls and table tops clean. Especially with small spaces and working spaces, clutter and too much pattern can raise the noise level of a room to shouting. With minimalist interiors, the rooms should whisper, or at the least, speak in a calm, quiet voice. This is especially critical for rooms with multiple purposes. It is easy to transform a minimalist space from office to boardroom to living room.

    Minimalism is a design aesthetic with classic, timeless features. It works well for both personal and work interiors, and allows spaces to change function easily. It is design that works especially well with an art collection, as the art can take center-stage.

  • An Overview of Construction Management

    An Overview of Construction Management

    Construction management encompasses all aspects of a construction project, from bid through completion, including:

    • Staffing
    • Construction
    • Oversight
    • Documentation
    • Permits
    • Quality control/quality assurance
    • Drawing preparation

    Based on a client’s desired level of control, a skilled construction manager is responsible for, first and foremost, acting as the owner’s representative throughout the course of the project and providing cohesion from bid through delivery. Additional duties include preparing drawings to technical specifications and coordinating and overseeing scope, special conditions, documentation, and pricing considerations. The manager also examines contractor and material supplier pre-qualifications and ensures that projects meet all specifications and requirements.

    There are two broad phases involved in construction management in which construction managers involve themselves: pre-construction and construction/delivery.

    Pre-Construction Phase

    During the planning, design, and pre-construction phase, the manager works with the client and architect in order to define the project’s scope, budget, and other preparatory factors such as energy efficiency, design, structural integrity, market value, space used, and mechanical and electrical systems before construction begins. The manager also ensures that materials adhere to specifications and fall within the desired budget.

    Construction/Delivery Phase

    As would be expected, this phase addresses the actual construction based upon the specifications, plans, and budgets discussed in the previous phase. The construction manager coordinates and oversees:

    • On-site construction supervision and coordination
    • Scheduling
    • Cost accounting and other financial records

    With respect to cost control records, the construction manager is responsible for:

    • Evaluating actual versus proposed costs
    • Adhering to the budget
    • Developing and maintaining the construction schedule
    • Monitoring construction progress
    • Arranging inspections
    • Dealing with any change orders by the owner
    • Coordinating product delivery, storage, and security
    • Obtaining the necessary equipment
    • Assisting the owner with occupancy, systems operations, and any other post-construction concerns.

    Quality Control

    During and following the project’s completion, quality assurance and control is critical to ensure that the finished product meets the original requirements, specifications, and subsequent performance expectations. Construction managers make sure that the project not only falls within the proposed budget but that the finished project is structurally sound and adheres to all specifications and codes.

    For more information about the construction management services we provide, please contact us.