How to Virtually Redesign Your Home

By Oliver Burns

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May 1, 2020|Luxury Design

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  • uring this period of lockdown, we are spending more time in our homes than ever before. As a result, we are discovering a new sense of gratitude for spaces within our homes that may have been previously under-appreciated; a sun trap in the garden for eating alfresco or a freestanding bath for moments of relaxation. However, this extended period of time inside can also highlight areas of the home that may no longer serve our needs, or reflect our personal style. This is where the services of an interior designer can be invaluable in transforming an under-used space to one that you will love to spend time in. We share below the process of redesigning a home virtually, illustrating that beautiful and functional design can still be achieved during lockdown.

'From mood boards and elevations to floor plans, much of the creative process of an interior design studio is achieved digitally.'

FF and E Board. By Oliver Burns

As we practice social distancing, it is business as usual as we continue to receive phone calls and email enquiries from clients interested in redesigning their homes. From mood boards and elevations to floor plans, much of the creative process of an interior design studio is achieved digitally, allowing us to still offer our design expertise to clients remotely. As we all become more reliant on technology to remain connected, apps such as Zoom, FaceTime and WhatsApp allow us to communicate with our clients and share our vision from afar.

A dressing room mood board. By Oliver Burns.

'We encourage our clients to share their vision through apps like Instagram and Pinterest'.

The process of virtually redesigning a home begins with video conferencing. This allows us to understand the needs and requirements of our clients as well as visually assess the space at a distance. With many of our international clientele travelling extensively for work and pleasure, we are already experienced in utilising video calling as an effective communication tool. We encourage our clients to further share their vision through apps like Instagram and Pinterest, which helps to build an understanding of their expectations.

Elevation from our Belgravia Townhouse project. By Oliver Burns.

Once an expert remote consultation has been provided, we are able to proceed ahead with initial design concepts. At the top end of the market, we ask for floor plans to better understand the dimensions and proportions of a space. In addition, viewing the space on a video call helps us to visually piece together a room, building a panoramic vision without the need to view it in person. From this information, we can translate this into to-scale plans and elevations, which can be shared digitally with the client for approval. Mood boards of fabrics and finishes can also be sent electronically, further helping the client to visualise the finished design scheme from the comfort of their home.

Concept sketch of table in the Belgravia Townhouse entrance. By Oliver Burns.

Although large-scale renovations are difficult to complete during lockdown, small-scale alterations can have just as much of a transformative effect on a space. This enables our team to make progress with the design scheme whilst social distancing measures are still in place, allowing us to proceed to on-site renovations when this becomes possible.  With the rise of technology providing solutions to keeping in contact remotely, social distancing does not need to be a limiting factor when redesigning a house. The benefits of investing in the virtual services of an interior designer is clear; not only will it provide you with a treasured home now but one to enjoy for years to come.

Please get in touch with us by emailing enquiries@oliverburns.com and one of our talented team of interior designers will be delighted to help.

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