Detailed design

The detailed design is a form of presentation necessary to carry out the works. It is a highly formalized, fully standardized form of the design, on the basis of which cost estimates are created and building works are performed. The detailed design is also the basis for stating the conformity of the adaptations made to the design prepared by the design studio: this can not be done in relation to even the most realistic visualization, let alone the conceptual design. The detailed design is characterized by maximum detailedness and complexity – it describes each element of the interior finish and equipment, and contains technical information valuable for the renovation team, which must execute it.
The set of documents, which together is referred to as the detailed design, includes various room projections and designs of details on the scales that allow full performance of the planned works. The content of the detailed design is determined by ministerial regulation, although the design studio may – if the project specifity requires it – also include other documents in the basic set.
Owing to properly prepared detailed design, the investor can:

  • shorten the time needed to prepare the facility to carry out the necessary construction, installation and finishing works;
  • improve the procedure of ordering the materials necessary in the adaptation process;
  • better determine the terms of cooperation with a construction and renovation company that will implement the design in the field;
  • reduce the costs of author’s and investor’s supervision over the proper course of work;
  • facilitate the recovery of own claims in case of finding faults, inaccuracies or work defects.

Creating a detailed design is necessary for every investment, the document itself is formalized, but the practice shows that it is not always prepared well enough to fully protect the investor’s interest.

See also: Workplace lighting design