“The most important thing about design is how it relates to people.”

The process we use at Nicholas Lawrence Design places our clients’ needs and preferences in the foreground.

The Initial Meeting begins when you fill out the contact form, or call us at 310.247.8090. We will follow-up with an email that includes a few questions about your project, an overview of our services & fees and a request to schedule a more in-depth phone conversation. In our phone conversation we will discuss your project and time frame, your style and general budget and schedule an on-site consultation.

We will meet you for an On-Site Consultation to further establish the scope of work including your needs and preferences. We will also discuss the timing of your project, your “wish list,” any challenges you perceive and your longer-range goals with the property. We encourage our clients to share inspirational imagery with us such as an idea book from Houzz.com or magazine clippings.

We will prepare a Scope of Work / Preliminary Letter of Agreement. This will insure that we are “all on the same page” by describing the specific work you are requesting that we execute, and the necessary components, phases, time, and fees we anticipate will be needed to complete the work.

Once the Scope of Work / Preliminary Letter of Agreement and a Retainer are in place, we will begin Start-Up and Research — gathering data needed to begin the design process. This may include a site survey, field measures, research with the local municipality and a review of the rules and regulations of your Home Owners’ Association.

Programming follows in which your needs and objectives are defined, including the specific functions assigned to each area or room, the spatial, furnishing and equipment needs and circulation / traffic patterns.

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In the Preliminary Space Planning and Schematic Design Phase, we begin to formulate our ideas and communicate them to you through sketches, floor plans, furniture plans, key elevations, sections and perspectives. This process continues until we have resolved as many of the design parameters as possible.


During Design Development, we further develop preliminary plans, elevations, sections, and other related drawings. We refine colors, finishes and fabrics. We select furnishings, fixtures, and equipment. We prepare a cost estimate and budget. The resulting design and cost estimate is presented to the client for review, revision, and final approval.

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In the Production Phase, we prepare construction documents (including floor plans, elevations, sections, and construction details) and submit them for structural engineering review and approval. We finalize specifications for the furnishing, fixtures and electrical packages, as well as the architectural specifications package. We work with the client to obtain construction bids and select contractors. Contracts are awarded  and purchase orders are issued.


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Project Management is essential for a successful project. We monitor the work-in-progress to maintain design integrity and quality of the product.

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We visit our job sites on a regular basis as well as the workshops of our fabricators.


Regular visits insure that the work conforms to design as described in the construction drawings and specifications.

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Our team is on-site during the Installation of furnishings, fixture and appliances to check for any issue and to ensure they are corrected.