Studio Fourteen Interiors - Covid Statement

Covid 19 Safety

COVID 19 SAFETY STATEMENT

The situation with coronavirus COVID-19 is changing daily. But ,even in the face of all the uncertainty, there are steps we can take to ensure the continuity and usual high level of service. As always we will continue to be as accommodating as possible and aim to offer our full level of assistance, albeit over different method of communication, for now at least.

Remote Meetings

Admittedly you can’t beat a good old fashioned face-to-face meeting, however we fully understand the need and wish to avoid face-to-face meetings where possible, which gives rise to the video conferencing facilities such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting and many more.

Travel

Consideration must be given ahead of time to travel arrangements and forward planning on any journey and meeting, on occasion meetings in person will be required, particularly to assess new buildings and ensure existing projects are delivered to our high standards.

Prior to any face-to-face meeting we will issue our Covid-19 meeting check list to ensure all parties are safe and appropriate to meet, for example, showing any symptoms, vulnerable persons within the property etc. This effectively is our risk assessment to ensure the safety of all.

Staff & Family

Working within both residential properties and commercial properties alike, we are faced with differing situations, scales of site (space) and number of people potentially in any one area at a time. We take social distancing very seriously and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients, staff, workforce and extended families.

Project Sites

Our site works are now slowly returning, with safety measures in place, the latest site operating procedures from the Construction Leadership Council providing confidence in our approach. Please appreciate works may now extend from what we considered normal durations and lead-time previously, to account for the fewer trades on-site at any one time and potentially longer lead-times for deliveries of stock items and further increased timescales for bespoke items as sub-contactors and manufacturers implement there own safe procures.

Communication

Good communication is essential to every aspect of our business, Covid-19 and the restrictions placed upon us all will not alter our approach. We will continue at all times to update you every step of the way, be it a new residential design scheme, construction phase works or follow up queries and information following handover. We are always at the end of the phone or email, however you prefer.

Rest assured we will continue to seek guidance from The Construction Leadership Council and the HSE amongst others, to ensure the safe delivery of our projects.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries in relation to how we approach any aspect design and project delivery, always happy to help.

Dominic & Claire
Studio Fourteen Interiors


Studio Fourteen Furniture Packages

Furniture Packages

Furniture Packages

Whether you are selling your property or it’s an investment, such as a buy to let, or even a holiday rental you may consider investing in custom furniture packages.  This can help showcase your property in its best light, making it stand out amongst the market. Empty and bare properties can be hard for potential tenants and buyers to envisage themselves living there. Well-furnished properties can maximise your return with a relatively low cost.

Deciding to furnish your property can seem like an expense compared to unfurnished. However, research has proven that with a furniture package to show off your property you will often let it quicker and for a higher rate.  This has been especially true for apartments within city areas that are attracting young professionals and overseas students.

It is often thought that it will save you money by sourcing items of furniture yourself but it is easy to under estimate the time it will take looking for the right items, negotiating each item dealing with multiple parties to arrange delivery, and then assembling each one of these. The truth is that the time spent may not be worth the money you have saved.

Using a specialist landlord furniture packages provider can help to get the job done quicker, easier and more cost effectively resulting in a hassle free and stress-free process.

It is important to take time to consider the style of the furnishings you require. Appealing to your target audience and target rent can influence the style and level of furnishings you may want to purchase.  For instance, you do not want to furnish a high-level modern penthouse with classic outdated furniture, just as you do not want to spend money on top quality furniture that will be used for student accommodation that will see high turnaround of occupants and usage.

Generally, the style and colour of the furniture packages should be kept quite neutral, enabling the colour to blend in with accessories and items that can be easily exchanged with new tenants. The goal is to ensure that the property looks impersonal yet stylish to appeal to the maximum number of potential tenants and buyers.

Appointing companies that offer design led packages can be the preferred choice, the packages are specially designed for you, making them tailored to the size and style of the property, the target audience, rent and budget are considered throughout the process. Enhancing the home by making it more luxurious and comfortable. Landlords furniture packages are a perfect option for homeowners as well as developers.

This turnkey service is also a popular option for home-staging and showcasing your vacant property to its best.   As well as providing furniture packages for the rental market many suppliers also offer accessory and utility packs that can be used as an additional selling tool ensuring that the property is literally ready for occupancy.  This ensures a service stress free for both the owner as well as the potential tenant.

Specialised living room furniture packages and landlord furniture packages are always popular requests and are available though our bespoke interior design service.

 


Office Dilapidations

Office Dilapidations

Office Dilapidations

Office Dilapidations is often a term misunderstood and used too late in the process when dealing with commercial properties. We at Studio Fourteen want to explain this term and clear all the jargon now before you start your next project.

In brief, the term Office Dilapidations is used to describe a legal obligation of the tenant leasing a commercial or office space to maintain, repair and return the condition of the property back to the original condition when the contract was first agreed between the tenant and landlord. The tenant has obligations to the upkeep of their leased property.

Firstly, taking legal advice prior to engaging in a commercial lease is recommended, as Dilapidations costs can be substantial sums if not understood upfront and how best to approach the inevitable cost from day one within the leasehold.

The official Dilapidations process will commence when the lease is towards the end of term, with the landlord commissioned surveyor inspecting the office/home and issuing a Schedule of Dilapidations, identifying any issues apparent with the property.

Upon receipt of the Schedule of Office Dilapidations, Three options normally exist. 1 – Contest the contents of the schedule. 2 – Undertake the works whilst in occupation of the property. 3 – Agree a financial settlement to cover the cost of repairs after the duration period has ended.

Taking a step-back, option 1 above is perfectly reasonable providing prior to the lease agreement a survey of the property was carried out by a qualified surveyor producing a Schedule of Condition. This can form part of the legal agreement between parties to document the condition of the place prior to taking on the lease, a great reference back in time when considering Dilapidations items.

Option 2 is quite often the most advantageous financially to the tenant, controlling costs and time frame, although it is important to ensure the Schedule of the office Dilapidations is correctly understood and actioned accordingly.

Option 3 a simple option for those wishing the vacate the space without undertaking any works, leaving the landlord to address the issues following tenancy agreement.

On occasion, the Cat-B fitout completed by the tenant may be considered an improvement to the property, the landlord accepting reduced costs from the tenant or even on occasion foregoing any costs as the property may be drastically altered following the lease end.


Cat B Cabling Fit Out Worcester

Cat-B Office Fitout – What is it?

Cat-B Office Fitout

All industries and professions have specific terms and language which is often overlooked outside of the particular industry, making it difficult to understand the detail. Office interiors and the wider construction sector is no different, here at Studio Fourteen we want to break it down and explain some of the phrases we use on a regular basis to make sure you know what services you want and need for your business, the term we will be looking at is Cat-B office fitout.

If you’re looking to move into a new office or you’re doing a refurbishment to your existing space, you may feel slightly exhausted with the jargon that we take for granted in the world of commercial construction. We at Studio Fourteen are here to decode the jargon so that you can understand exactly what’s going on with your project, and make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.

The big question we get asked a lot in our industry is what is a fit out? A fit out is process of making an internal space suitable for occupation. It’s the transformation of a shell into a working space; from installing facilities, applying new flooring, creating working spaces and developing rooms with a purpose.

For end users and occupiers, a Cat-B commercial office fitout is generally the most common type of fitout terminology used to explain the full client specific design and layout. To rewind slightly, a Cat-A office fitout is normally completed by the landlord providing a basic finished open plan office space containing mechanical & electrical infrastructure complete with suspended ceilings, decoration, raised access floors and often carpet.

The occupier will then take on this blank canvas and develop the design tailored to the business operation intended for the space. At this point consideration is given to the components of a Cat-B office fitout but also the practically and day-to-day use of the operation, with a good design making the office space as efficient and effective as possible for all concerned.

The components of a Cat-B office fitout are subject to the occupiers brief and business type, however will contain elements including:-

  • Partitions (forming Reception Areas, Meeting Rooms, Teapoint, Stores)
  • Feature Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Bespoke Joinery
  • Teapoints
  • Mechanical & Electrical alterations
  • Branding
  • Furniture
  • Data, Telecoms & WiFi
  • FFE (fixtures, fittings and equipment)

This list is not exhaustive, the scope for office design moves on changing yearly with advancements in technology and communication. Perhaps introduce a staff slide within your next office design, its not as unusual as you may think!

To find out more information on this topic or Cat-B office fitouts, please visit our portfolio pages or contact us with any questions, we will be more than happy to help, in the meantime head over to our LinkedIn where we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.


Christmas Interior Design

Christmas Interior Design

Christmas Interior Design

The shops are starting to turn festive and it’s time to think of Christmas interior design!  The Season to be merry is nearly upon us, a time where friends and families gather at one or another homes, exchanging gifts, throwing a festive party and a good excuse for a catch up and mulled wine.

It’s a time of year where homeowners naturally start looking at their decorations and start planning their Christmas interior design.  It’s time to update those specific items or rooms and make sure any renovations are due to be completed, ready for the celebrations to start.

It is also a time when we start thinking of buying our Christmas decorations, an essential part of Christmas interior design.  There are so many shops and styles to choose from including a lot of brash and tasteless items out there, but it doesn’t have to be like that. There are no rights or wrongs when choosing a theme, working with what you have is a great place to start, using materials and colours that enhance your interiors rather than detracting from your home.

Of course a real tree can be romantic, emitting the beautiful smell of Christmas.  The nostalgic feeling of picking the right one for your home can be a magical time for the family.  However, with the increasing need to think of the environment it is important to think of the consequence.  A couple of years ago we went for the faux option with a magical visit to a Christmas tree farm for some family fun activities. There are so many fantastic looking artificial trees out there with integrated lights, that can be reused year after year – and no mess. They can be embellished with additional stems and berries creating a more fuller woodland look, one of the themes that is looking popular for Christmas 2019.

Less is more is often used when displaying decorations.  There is no need to buy all new each year.  Having those few that you have collected over the years with special memories is key to creating a homely, cosy Christmas and mixed in with your main theme can create a wonderfully traditional look.

The key trends this year are all based on simplicity and elegance with the use of bold colours such as deep burgundy, dark blue and the classic forest green combined with a mixed use of materials and textures using natural products, such as pine cones decorated with muted metallics like rose gold, copper or bronze. The classic glass ornament adds a vintage touch to your Christmas looking elegant and stylish.

The traditional wreath is an important part of Christmas interior design, not only for decor but for its historic and symbolic value.  There is such a variety of styles of wreaths in the stores that we’re sure to find one that matches our décor.  Alternatively, you can create your own Christmas wreath (either at a wreath making party with a professional on hand to help or at home).   This is popular and growing trend and ensures that it can be made to match your style perfectly.

The rustic natural organic look is another key trend to Christmas 2019 that we are pleased to see return to popularity.  This works exceptionally well with the woodland themed wreath.  An ideal way to express this is through by collecting branches, twigs, eucalyptus, evergreen, spruce berries and pinecones, and using them to create an original centrepiece.  Done simply, this approach can create a beautiful natural look.

The key feature of Christmas day is the dining table.  We’ve found that using one or two basic colours and a theme is enough.  It’s all too easy to overdo the element of Christmas interior design.  This is a perfect place to introduce the muted metallics that are trending this year, with the use of bronze napkin rings, or rose gold place settings. Candles can create a beautiful and elegant centre piece. Remember keep simple – less is more.