So Sound Design

Interior Design

beirut restaurant, wimslow rd, manchester

Beirut is a Lebanese restaurant located on Manchester’s famous Curry Mile. The busy restaurant caters for students and families alike, providing them with fresh Lebanese foods.

The original style and layout of the premises no longer met with the needs and requirements of the restaurant staff and customers. The brief was to provide a modern interior with detailing inspired by Lebanon.

The client wanted to include a new shisha area to the front of the property, with a new restaurant layout, space for a self-service buffet area and a new starter’s bar and banquet tables.

A concept scheme presentation was created to communicate the initial thoughts and ideas of the layout and circulation of the restaurant. This stage of the design process facilitated discussions with our client.

Gathering this information allowed us to produce a final design scheme which would meet with our clients’ needs and aspirations. The scheme included plans, sections and elevations of the restaurant, a specification for furniture, equipment and finishes and presentation visuals.

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FAQs

I would like to re-design my home or office but I don’t have a lot of time to devote to the process, should I still hire a designer?
Yes, most definitely, we’ll handle the shopping, ordering and delivery of finish materials, furnishings and fixtures, as well as coordinate and oversee the labour, so you can spend more time enjoying family, friends, loved ones and outside activities. We’ll bring selections to your home or office if you prefer not to go to design showrooms with us and try to make it as convenient as possible. All we ask in return is that communicate with us in a timely fashion so that we can help you create your vision.

My project only involves re-decorating my space, how does a professional interior designer’s skills differ from an in-store decorator at a local furniture, tile, or kitchen and bath showroom?
Many times retail in-store decorators are primarily sales people. They’ve had only a limited education in interior design and space planning, unlike professional interior architects / designers who attend comprehensive, accredited 4 year interior architecture programs at university. Typically, in-store decorators are not as well versed in scale, proportion, space planning, colour theory and health and safety issues. Also, they’ll only offer you product selections from their featured lines. Professional interior architects have access to hundreds of trade-only vendors and manufacturer’s worldwide. If you decide to use an in-store designer make sure you ask about their qualifications in order to determine if they are the right man for your job.

I have a remodeling project but I’m not sure if I need an interior architect / designer or an architect?
This is a common question. Typically, an interior architect / designer has the skills and professional education to design and draft new space plans — whether reconfiguring an existing interior space or adding an extension to a home — as well as develop lighting and electrical plans, selecting all interior finishes such as flooring, countertops, tile, paint colours, wall and window treatments, specify plumbing, appliances, cabinetry and furnishings, (to name a few). If a project involves changing structural load bearing walls or adding square footage, an architect or architectural designer and/or structural engineer will need to be part of the design team. They’ll provide the necessary drawings and structural calculations required by your local building department, to ensure your safety and welfare, as well as passing the necessary building control inspections. The benefits of choosing So Sound Design are that we are able to provide our clients with both architectural and interior design services.

What is an interior architect / designer?
So Sound Design’s design director is an interior architect; specialising in designing and building interiors for safety, functionality and aesthetics. A qualified interior architect requires an understanding on durability, practicality and strength of building materials, knowledgeable in the nature and use of light, with a strong understanding of building construction. Interior architects draft plans to create or refinish spaces in private homes or commercial buildings, with their clients' tastes in mind. Each job may require interaction with different clients, additional architects or designers, construction teams and inspectors. In creating plans for a space, they take into account interior construction, lighting and furnishings. Interior architects must also be aware of local authority planning law and building regulations. An interior architect is usually involved in a project from start to completion; initially meeting with the client in order to determine the expectation of the project, creating concept schemes and developing ideas with the client in order to create a final design. An interior architect will communicate their ideas on space planning, through sketches, mood boards, technical drawings and 3D models. A final design package may also include electrical, ventilation and lighting layouts with structural details (if required) and furnishings schemes.

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