Interior design and home renovation are fulfilling and creative pursuits. They’re also important skills for anyone wanting to renovate homes for resale. So, whether you want to start a business or simply enhance your own home, this course is ideal professional development for you.
The Certificate of Design and Renovation combines interior design and home renovation to provide the knowledge and skills you need to complete real-world projects with confidence.
In this design and renovation course, you will learn about the interior design process, from taking the design brief to conceptualisation and execution. You will also learn how to prioritise and address structural deficiencies and conduct or manage trades, including cabinetry, painting, plumbing, electrical, plastering, and tiling.
You will also discover computer-assisted design (CAD), technical drawing, budgeting and project management and ethical and legal considerations for undertaking a home design project.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation understanding of creating functional and attractive interiors and undertaking basic home renovation and repairs.
Hard materials. Metal etc – glass, masonry, polymers, stone, tiles, plasterboard
Soft materials and accessories
Design brief (work in progress)
Preparing colour samples and materials boards
Preserving nature in interior design
Indoor/outdoor rooms and spaces
Using and placing indoor plants
Unit 3 – Choosing services
Types of services -electricity, gas, water, telecommunications
Heating and cooling
Managing heat transfer
Hot water systems
Electrical outlets & light switches
Telephone and internet
Smart building solutions
Robots for cleaning
Collaboration in creative processes
Developing relationships & managing people
Working with professional services – architects, accountants etc
Managing productivity to get the job to completion
On site safety
Unit 4 – Redesigning an occupied or aged building
Ethics and legal considerations
Ethics for an interior design consultant
Ethics of building preservation
Heritage and conservation areas
Evaluating the site
Determining a client goals
Know your clients design – wants and needs
Determine customer motivation
Types of change – restoration, renovation or design
Redecoration – colour, texture and pattern
Drawing floor plans
Using computer aided design (CAD)
Create a CAD project
Unit 5 – Designing a vacant or new building
Role of a designer
Colour and aesthetics
Luxury features and quality
Structures -considering size, level, straightness, type of materials
Sound and sound proofing
Properties of different materials – thermal, electrical, environmental, economic, etc
Technology in design
Sensors and robotics in new home design
A note on temperature sensors
Moving to an internet-based digital infrastructure in homes and workplaces
CAD design process
Unit 6 – Altering spaces
Working with a brief
Photos, sketches, accurate measurements
Using computer software
Use of space – storage, work, social, private
Design considerations – axis lines, focal points
Creating specific areas
Functionality, proportion, scale
The kitchen triangle design
Altering existing spaces -extensions, conversions
Recreating original styles
Unit 7 – Organising the Interior
Design decisions for organising space – harmony, unity, balance, scale, proportion, rhythm, contrast, details
Temporary or permanent change
Maximising Use of space -decluttering, distancing, space saving furniture, using smaller items, using walls, visual effects
Storage Example – butlers pantry
Creating open plan spaces
Unit 8 – Designing for health & wellbeing
Interior materials for better health – paints, natural paint
Biological factors – mould bacteria, rots, other fungi
Glues and Adhesives
Energy efficient buildings
Quality of indoor environment
Psychology in interior design (light space colour and design)
Unit 9 – Budgeting and project management
Budgeting priorities, timing, feasibility
Managing a project
Implementing an operational plan
Controlling a project
Creating a GANTT chart
Producing project documentation
Critical path analysis
Contracts and agreements
Initiation a collection
Unit 10 – Special project
Four parts to this project
Choose a room to design
Research design considerations
Prepare a design
Report on your design
Unit - Building Renovation
Unit 1 – Introduction to building renovation projects
Building renovation projects
Sourcing tradesmen or women
Finding the time
What & why are you renovating?
How do you judge what is worth doing?
Where to begin?
Attend to damage and degradation
More light may be good
What rooms to renovate
Manage risks – avoid surprises
Gathering the facts
Status of property
What are the costs?
Dealing with subcontractors and tradesmen
Safety on a site
Who is responsible?
Clean up & tool storage
Unit 2 – Core structural and site works
Interior walls and openings
Concrete slab foundations
What else can be done?
Load bearing beams
Replacing or installing beams
Replacing or repairing bracing
Repairing damaged walls or roofs
Using scaffolding, cranes, temporary supports
Unit 3 – Roofs and floors
Single lap tiles
Roof repair jobs
Cleaning and painting
Ground and upper floors
Wooden floor finishes
Floor repair jobs
Cleaning & staining
Coverings – carpets and linoleum
Unit 4 – Door windows and walls
Treatments to improve the appearance of external wall
Type of mortar finish
Aluminium & metals
Types of window
How to repair broken window glass
For wooden windows:
For UPVC or aluminium windows:
Choosing to install a door
Types of doors
Ledged & braced doors
How to hang a door
Adjusting existing doors
Unit 5 – Plastering and tiling
Fixing plasterboards to walls
How to repair holes in plasterboard
How to repair cracks
Fixing plasterboard to ceilings
How to plaster over plasterboards
Finishing outside corners
How to tile a wall
Unit 6 – Carpentry renovation
other hand tools
electric plane (power plane)
Stress grading of timber
Working with wood
Cutting & joining
How to make a mortise and tenon joint
Applying woodwork skills
Unit 7 – Painting
Preparing to paint – the golden rules
Painting a surface
Getting ready to paint
Cleaning & storage of brushes
Cleaning & storage of rollers
Sprayers (spray painting)
Unit 8 – Plumbing basics
Types of plumbing jobs
Roof plumbing and guttering
Grey water plumbing
Other water sources
Types of pipes
Working with copper pipes
How to cut the pipe
How to join the pipe
Working with plastic pipes
How to cut plastic pipes
How to join the pipe
How to replace a tap washer
Unit 9 – Electrical basics
Regulated electrical work
Current and voltage
Basic home electrics
Basic wiring jobs
How to wire a plug
How to replace a broken light switch
Hanging a chandelier
Unit 10 – Renovating a room
Planning a room renovation
A schedule of works
Drawing up a budget
Choosing materials and appliances
Aesthetics, quality, cost, health, environment
Special project – room renovation
Estimated duration 100 hours
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Professional Development for:
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