Posts Tagged ‘ commercial interior design ’

fluted box newel

As you can tell I enjoy modeling and rendering probably more than creating the actual thing though I do get a kick out of seeing the finished product come into being.  I design quite a few newels and balusters for stairways.  I don’t however design many box newels.  This one is quite simple with fluting, and an inserted star (great for the lone star state).  For Louisianians, a Fleur de le (especially after the Saints won the Super Bowl) would be nice – maybe a magnolia flower for Mississippi.

The newel also has a chamfered top.

This is a table that I intend to build one day.  I like the base with the four columns instead of your typical table legs and aprons.  Asa bonus you have more leg room (room above your knees and thighs) -good for large folks.  I prefer a painted base with stained or natural wood top.   The painted base accents the wood better than having all natural or stain in my view.

poplar balusters

These balusters were turned for a customer in San Francisco. The sort of odd thing about these is that although the center diameter is 1 3/4 inches the square ends (not shown) are 1 1/4 inches. That is why I am turning the center area separately. The square top and bottom will be added after.

poplar balusters

We were just contracted by a customer to make these poplar balusters and starter newel for a home in Connecticut. The post-to-post newel has an octagon base middle and top. The top id quite narrow and will require the handrail to attach horizontally. As such, an up easing will have to be used. The handrail attaching on the rake angle would be too wide for the newel top. The newel measures 8″ at the widest. The design is based on the image from a magazine article and came off quite nicely. The balusters are a based on the image from the same magazine article. The pattern was a common pattern used at the turn of the last century and prior to.
I did not turn these. My partner in crime (turning crime that is) turned these. Great job Walter!

Poplar Newel  8inch wide

poplar balusters 1 3/4 inch

I occasionally like to look at newel and baluster designs online to “rev” up my creative juices since I often am called upon to design both for my customers. I found this beauty on Jerry West’s Flickr account and thought I would post it here. Hat’s off to him for a fine design and execution. You will enjoy seeing some of the other pieces he has posted in his account. Click on the link below the image.

walnut newel

walnut newel

Walnut Newel

These alder kitchen island legs are 5 1/2″ wide X 36″ long. The particular twist on these island legs is called a barley twist. I suppose it simulates barley grain or a stalk of barley??? I’ve never grown barley (seen it in pictures only) but this is what it is called. You will have to make your own judgment about whether the name is justified or not.
The alder, for some, has become a substitute for cherry. You’ll have to use your judgment on this as well as to whether alder resembles cherry. But alder it is. Alder is more plentiful in the West and not so common here in the Deep South but it is, in fact, shipped here. The alder I purchase is knot plentiful except for the select grades (which is what is pictured below). Even the select has occasional small tight knots. You can see a few on these legs.

Alder Island Legs

There are many different commercial interior design firms on the market today, so it can be a hard decision to choose which one is right for a particular project.  There are some commercial interior design services that specialize in creating the design for a new office building while others might specialize in lobbies or in waiting rooms.  The individual who is looking to hire a commercial interior design service should ask around in the community to see what service other people have used.  In this way, he can interview the individuals to see what the size of the project was and how the company did on the job for the amount of money that they charged.  It is also important to ask about the contract and how the company handled customer service and whether they handled questions well or any changes that were required for the job.  Once a list of commercial interior design services are compiled, then the individual can begin to contact the various providers to get estimates on the job before choosing one to begin the project.


It is important to have more than one service come and give an estimate on the project because then the individual can hear the different ideas given by the various commercial interior design services as well as the detailed estimates for the job and see which service seems to best fit his needs.  The estimates for the work should be very detailed, listing out all the work to be done and the price for each part of the work.  If a commercial interior design service is not willing to give a detailed estimate, then it is probably a service to stay away from.

Once the individual decides on a particular commercial interior design service, then he can agree to the contract that the service comes up with which includes all of the work to be done in the course of the project and the estimated cost for each part.It should also list how much money will be paid for each part of the project, so that the individual can pay some money up front and a certain amount as each part of the project is completed to his satisfaction.  In this way, the company and the individual are covered in the contract since every piece is laid out clearly and agreed upon from the beginning so as to relieve any arguments about it in the future.  It also ensures that both parties need to talk to one another and agree in writing to any changes to the contract during the course of the project so that there are not hard feelings or lost money on either side.

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When starting a new company or when desiring to give an established company a fresh look, finding a commercial office designer is essential to making the office and waiting area have the feel that the company desires.  There are some office spaces that need to feel warm and inviting while others need to have a grand scale and feel imposing.Commercial interior designers help to make the spaces in the office building work according to the use of that particular space.  There are some designers who will work with residential interior design as well as commercial interior design, but most will specialize in one area or another so that they can be more specialized and proficient in a field.  It is hard to keep up with all of the changes in interior design if the individual is trying to keep up with offices, kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and waiting areas all at the same time.

Choosing a Designer

Choosing a commercial interior design company should be done with care.  The company should require that all of the employees be licensed according to the state’s licensing boards.If the business has offices in multiple states for which the design will be done, then the company will need to ensure that the commercial interior design company has a license to practice in all of those states so that the design work is in compliance with the state standards.

Another consideration is that the client should have a clear idea as to what rooms need to be done and the amount of work needed in each room.  Usually these considerations become clearer when the consultation is conducted with the designer.  The commercial interior designer will usually walk through the various office spaces and talk to the client about what the space is used for and what he hopes to accomplish in color and feel in that space.  The designer will then usually make some suggestions and ask more questions so that he is able to draw up a contract with the scope of work and the estimates on the project.Once the scope and estimate is drawn up by the commercial interior design company, then both parties must agree to the terms so that the work can begin.  In this way, both parties are protected by the contract so that if any changes are made, both parties have to be notified and agree upon the changes before they are made.

Whether the project is commercial interior design or residential, individuals always want the best interior designer.  One way to choose the best residential interior design service is to ask family and friends what company they chose to use in the work on their homes.  In this way, the individual can ask questions of them, finding out what the scope of work was, what exactly was done in the home to what rooms, and how satisfied they were with the quality of the work in comparison to the cost.  By interviewing their family and friends they can begin to narrow down the choices so that they can find the best residential interior designer for their particular project.


If the project is for a redesign of a kitchen or a bathroom, there are some interior design services that specialize in those rooms in particular.  Someone who specializes in a particular room in a home can be the best residential interior designer since they are constantly finding out what is new in the market of interior design for that room, thus keeping things fresh.If several rooms in the home are going to be redone, then the best residential interior designer might be one who is better at pulling several rooms together so that the home has a certain flow to it, with each room complementing the next one in the design.

The best residential interior design companies will ensure that their employees are all licensed under that state’s regulations.  If an intern is also working on the project, he will be under the direct supervision of the licensed designer to make sure that the client is receiving the quality of work that he deserves.  In addition, the company will usually require that the client sign a contract for the work being done on the home.  Although these contracts are sometimes tedious to formulate and agree upon, they are an important aspect of the interior design process and will serve to protect both the client and the provider in the long run.  These contracts will spell out the scope of work for the residential interior design project as well as the estimated cost of the work.  Since everything is laid out in detail, both parties can agree to the work and price beforehand, so that in the end, the designer does not get slighted of the pay he is due and the client does not get surprised with a huge bill at the end of the project.

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There are some interior designers that are general practitioners, which means that they do not have a specialty, but will work in all areas of interior design.  There are other designers who will be highly specialized in one area of design, such as residential kitchen design, or commercial office design.Unless the project does not require a high degree of specialty, choosing a designer that is specialized in the residential interior design services required for the project is the best option for most individuals.Although a specialist in the field will usually cost more, the results of the work will usually be more to the individual’s satisfaction.

Licensing and Contracts

The best residential interior design companies will require that all of their interior designers be licensed through the state licensing board in all states where that company works.  There are some companies that use interns and find other ways to get around the licensing laws, but individuals needing a residential interior design service should be sure that the intern is always working with a licensed interior designer.  The licensing exam that is required by most states is the NCIDQ examination.  The NCIDQ is a non profit organization that helps to ensure that high standards are met in the interior design field.

The licensing exam covers several different areas of residential interior design services such as programming, schematic design, contracts, design development and professional practices.  In order to qualify to take the exam, the individual must have at least six years of experience in the field of interior design, which can include the coursework for interior design as well as working in the field under a licensed practitioner.

Once a residential interior design service has been chosen, then the individual will work with the interior designer on the scope of work for the project.  In this way, both parties are clear on the expectations for the project and the scope of work and the estimated expenses are all laid out in a contract.Once the contract is agreed upon and signed, neither party can change the scope of work without talking to the other party and coming to another written agreement as to the addendum to the work.  The contracts serve as protection for both parties so that the residential interior design service gets paid and the individual does not have to pay more than the agreed upon sum of money for the design project.