A key thing to understand is that we, as designers, are here to spend your money wisely. Hiring a designer should not be about getting discounts, but rather having a collaborative and professional partner who is knowledgeable and takes the time to understand your goals for your home or business. You can feel comfortable with the investment in a designer because we will help you avoid costly mistakes. Our expertise and strong relationships with quality vendors will help to ensure you receive a design solution unique to your needs. As a team, together we will make decisions about what is important for the success of your project – such as establishing a sound budget and setting goals and expectations right from our initial meetings.
For our commercial clients we take an experiential approach to develop design solutions which enhance functionality and utility, but also reinforces our clients visual branding. We search for objects, art and furniture that reflect the individuality of our clients. We strive to produce high quality design solutions whether the style is modern or transitional or traditional. Look to the overall quality of the work we produce rather than a specific design style.
We can provide a list of general furniture and accessory costs that can serve as a guide for your investment . The spreadsheet shows low to high costs for various items one may consider purchasing. Costs can vary greatly, but you can determine your threshold for where to invest your money.
It is a good idea to factor room for unexpected costs (this is especially true for renovation and new construction projects). We recommend setting a budget about 15% lower than what you really have to invest. It is best to be honest with your designer about what you want to spend. We do our best to make selections based on your long and short term goals.
A key thing to understand is that we, as designers, are here to spend your money wisely. Hiring a designer should not be about getting discounts, but rather having a partner that is knowledgeable and who really understands your goals. You can feel comfortable with the investment in a designer because we will help you avoid costly mistakes. Our expertise and solid relationships with quality vendors will ensure you have a design solution that is unique to you. We will make decisions about what is important for the success of a project such as establishing a sound budget and setting goals and expectations from the very beginning.
The BASIC process after we have been contracted to design your space is as follows:
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/DISCOVERY AND IMMERSION
– Client interviews, create preliminary budgets, gather assets, document existing furniture and conditions, set up design and communication strategies.
DESIGN EXPLORATION AND PLANNING
– Collaborative phase where we research and development of rough design direction, plans, furniture and concepts to vet best ideas.
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENTATION
– Creation of final plans, elevations, furniture/material selections and budgets.
DESIGN ADMINISTRATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND PROCUREMENT
– Development of furniture and material specifications. Turnkey management and implementation of design.
– Definition from The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)