DESIGNED BY YOU FOR YOU.....
DIY INTERIOR DESIGN ESSENTIALS
We oﬀer 14 week full programs, 8 week partial programs and single session options. All our sessions are modular and self contained with an option of creating self-assigned projects which at the end will mesh together to form a comprehensive final project (if you are enrolled into the 8 or 14 week programs).
The full DIY DESIGN ESSENTIALS seminar series includes 35 hours of instruction and up to 30 hours of at home research and development. In this program sessions are conducted weekly with small groups with no more than six participants at the time to ensure maximum learning. While critiques of projects are not oﬀered until the last week on session 14, private project revisions are available for an additional fee ($38/per hour- program participants only, or $100 regular).
- - Full fourteen session program: For the DIY designer at heart. While the full program will not certify you as a designer, you will get a comprehensive tool box you can apply in your current and future projects. Skills include: general principles of design, functional space planning basics, materials overview, project management basics and expressing creativity through colour and form integrated into a project.
- -Partial eight session program: For those who are not in need to learn all the aspects in our program, but would like to work on a project or want to fill in some blanks. Sessions 1, 2, and 13 are highly recommended,
- - Single Sessions + Nine pillars: Need to learn only a particular aspect from our list? You can, provided you have completed our first session, Nine Pillars of Design, you can select individual sessions as you need.
DIY INTERIOR DESIGN ESSENTIALS WEEK FORMAT
9 pillars of Design: Everything you need to know before any and all design projects
(open to all)
Defining your Project, Discovering your options. your scope,
Choosing a Style and general look
Conceptualizing your space, the right atmosphere through the positioning of windows, doors, ceiling heights, objects in the room, and use of colour.
Space Planning: understanding rooms and building positioning, Smart space saving, creating comfort through space distribution, basic building codes
Measuring and Rendering spaces, basics of perspective, basic sketching
Lighting Essentials, Fixtures
Water fixtures, kitchen, bath and similar rooms
Kitchen, Bathroom and Closet Cabinetry
Colour Palettes, getting the perfect colour shortcuts of the trade
Material Boards , specs books
Pulling it all together
Project Management Basics, understanding timelines, general budget creation, learning how to make choices and edits to your project
(only for participants working on the 8 or 14 week project)
WEEKEND PROGRAMS ( 8 hours long)
Ideal for anyone showcasing their home with the following purposes: Selling your home, Renting, Airbnb or Special Occasion Decor (Christmas, Parties etc).
Designing for Health:
Learn about healthy choices of construction and decor materials
Use of decor such as light, colour and furniture for improved concentration, learning disabilities, mood improvement and more...
Creating barrier free floor plans for better mobility
Earthquake Retrofitting Basics:
Learn DIY simple methods to help your home be prepared for Earthquakes
Learn of two additional steps you can take to better improve your home in case of Earthquakes
Easy no non-sense methods to have beautiful functioning homes free of clutter
Learn the basics of Feng Shui, with practical western short cuts that will make sense for your individual needs