Working with Grants


Grants’ Design Consultants and Project Managers work with client teams from the very initial project inception ensuring a seamless window tailoring solution for any new build or refurbishment property. This includes taking into consideration all necessary concealment systems and electrical and control requirements for the blinds and soft furnishing.

Working with Grants Design Consultants throughout the project ensures appropriate decisions are made in good time. Concealment solutions are often desired, but space needs to be created within the structural design of the building. Likewise, to future proof for electric blinds, blind specification and control systems need early consideration, while final details can be dealt with later in the project.

Where possible, as a first step, a client/architect meeting is recommended at one of our London showrooms with an expert Design Consultant. The purpose of this meeting is to consider the priorities for different areas of the property, with showroom examples close to hand.


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Project Steps

Design Consultation

The Design Consultant will guide you through a typical project decision process:

  1. Discuss client priorities and preferred styles for agreed treatments to different rooms

  2. Discuss the needs for window treatments based on the use of each room or area – decoration, daytime privacy, room darkening or blackout, shading, etc.

  3. Discuss what options there are for concealment solutions

  4. Discuss blind control and home automation system integration options

Proposal and Planning

Following the meeting, Grants will provide a detailed costing proposal for approval. Grants then work with the client team to provide the necessary information and design feedback as required. Resources available:

  1. A library of drawings in CAD and pdf format.

  2. Wide range of product and fabric samples.

  3. Full planning and technical support.

  4. On-site consultation as required.  

 Drawings are reviewed and agreed as the design develops. Blind specifications and concealment solutions need to be agreed in principle, however blind fabrics can be decided at a later stage.

Implementation

As the project progresses onsite, a dedicated project manager oversees each aspect of window tailoring fulfilment. A schedule for all products is created and requires sign off at various stages throughout the project, prior to products entering manufacture.

  1. The first schedule for approval is the blind concealment boxes. These are supply only, and the Grants Project Manager often visits site to review or train for installation.

  2. Wiring diagrams and control specifications discussed and agreed as required.

  3. The concealment boxes should be onsite in time for inclusion as shown in the project drawings. Typically, the blind boxes should be onsite around the same time as the windows.

  4. Once concealment boxes are installed, first fix electrics and cabling is provided to the box. This should be confirmed with the Grants Project Manager and the relevant sub-contractors.

  5. Once all wet works, cabinetry and other timber work is finished, a survey for blind manufacture is carried out.

  6. Product specifications would need to be finalised at this stage and sign off will be required prior to commencement of manufacture.

  7. Window tailoring products should be some of the last items to be completed on a project and this is carefully coordinated with the site team. This includes setting the start/stop position for any motorised products, and any final onsite adjustments to the soft furnishing products such as roman blinds and curtains.

  8. Assistance during control system commissioning and final handover meeting attended if required.

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Product Range

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Get In Touch

Contact us with no obligations for advice, initial design consultation, and cost proposal. We can arrange meetings at your office, the site, or our London showrooms. Include us as early as possible for maximum options to be available. We also offer CPD and training sessions for architects and designers. Please contact us using this form, by email to sales@grantsblinds.com, or call us as +44 800 652 2190.