When is the Right Time to Start the Medical Interior Design Process?

“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” – Charles Buxton

Whether you’re a start-up, an existing practice wanting an upgrade, or a large medical group seeking to expand in multiple locations, it will always be in your best interest to engage with a designer in the earliest stages of the project – even as early on as business planning. You might think it’s counterintuitive, why would you engage a designer in matters of business finances? That’s what we’re going to elaborate on today, the many benefits of the design process and how a design-centered approach is bound to get you world-class results.

World-Class Way vs Ordinary Way

Getting world-class results needs a world-class way of thinking. Segmenting the work into phases and putting the design on hold until further down the project’s timeline is the ordinary program. We are proposing pushing design earlier into the process as a way to inject more creativity and thought into how a project is formed. Your vision for the project no matter how well the meaning may be raw and doesn’t take into consideration physical realities that can affect it. A designer will be most helpful to give a balanced view of your vision and give you context to see the larger picture. Their advice is not just good for selecting furniture and décor, hearing their perspective and insights can benefit your project immensely.

Choose Expertise and Experience, Medical over Regular Interior Designers

When we advocate including design in the early stages of your planning process, we would always preface that with hiring experienced Medical designers over regular ones. This is putting expertise at a premium, but the results are going to pay for themselves in terms of money and time saved. They are best for the job because they know the industry and what your practice will need. When brainstorming your vision, you would be talking on shared terms so you are on the same wavelength.

Medical Interior Design combines is the combination of the Medical + Business Together

Aside from design, medical designers will be more attuned to what your business goals are and how best to reach them; design after all is a problem-solving process. When you come up with the vision, designers at the very start of the project can help you further refine that vision into specifics. Having design come in early in the process forces the clients to pause and think through every step. Design is also heavy on data. We at SIMOUR Design follow formulas like our Space Planning formula that ensures profitability when allocating real estate. Designers also empower you to make informed choices through a transparent Cost Opinion Process where all expenses are being accounted for towards an optimized but realistic budget.

Before you talk about space planning and interior finishes, there are also design works that need to be accomplished. The branding of your office will need a logo and more than that a complete system of graphics that should capture the essence of your service. The interior design of the clinics being an extension of the branding is a design strategy to communicate the right message to the desired audience.

Intentionality Saves you Time and Money

Being intentional means nothing is left to chance and that every step has been vetted thoroughly to achieve the desired outcomes. It breaks our heart when clients come to us too late into the project. It happened with a client that had needed us to come in the process to do the space planning when construction started. Not only does it make our life difficult, but it’s also costing you so much time and money with delays and rework. Haphazard design is stressful and expensive. Designing at an earlier stage makes the execution easier and more deliberate.

Whether you have decided or are just thinking about it, we’d love to hear from you. Sign up for a design consultation today. Embarking on the journey may seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be, we’re here to help.

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