How do you work?
‘Design’ is a verb, so the process of working with us is as important as the finished space. We are focused on making an effortless and stress-free experience for you. Here is how a typical renovation project might be structured.
Step1: Initial Meeting—–At our initial, in-person meeting, we will discuss the scope of your project, your deadlines, budget, taste, and goals. No actual design is done in this complimentary meeting; it is simply an opportunity for you and me to decide if I am the right designer for your project.
Step 2: Project Proposal—–If we both feel I am a good fit for your project, we will meet again the following week to go over a project proposal outlining the time and resources needed for your project. I can clarify any questions and explain my fee structure. The proposal defines our relationship and sets expectations.
Step 3: Space Planning—–I take detailed measurements and photographs of the space and existing furnishings to develop floor plans. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each floor plan and you select which one best meets your needs. We will have more detailed discussions on budget, aesthetic preferences, and goals before starting to develop the initial design concept.
Step 4: Initial Design Concept—–I develop a color scheme and select paint, furniture, fabrics, and materials from my resources that reflect your tastes while meeting your budgetary and functional needs. If necessary, preliminary designs for cabinetry, electrical work, and millwork are presented.
Step 5: Specifications and Construction Documents—–Starting from the approved general design concepts, a package of detailed drawings and material specifications is created to give craftsmen a well-defined understanding of the project and ensure accurate bids. These drawings communicate all the information required to construct your project.
Step 6 Purchasing & Scheduling—–We review bids and select a team to construct your project. If needed, the design is adjusted to meet your budget. Materials, furniture and furnishings are ordered. I work with the trades to create a tight schedule to minimize disruptions to your home.
Step 7: Design and Trades Implementation—-While construction is underway, I will have periodic meetings and walkthroughs to ensure quality and timeliness.
Step 8: Installation and Accessorizing—– As soon as the paint dries, my white glove delivery service will place your new furnishings. Blinds, knobs and pulls are installed, artwork is professionally hung, and accessories are placed.
Why do I need a designer?
An Interior Designer can bring valuable skills and knowledge to your project.
If shopping for hours, managing complex project schedules, and overseeing deliveries doesn’t fit in your busy schedule, hiring a designer can help save you time.
From helping you avoid costly mistakes, educating you on how best to invest your budget, and giving you confidence that the selections you make will work as a cohesive whole, hiring a designer can save you money.
Designers can also save you frustration by recommending trustworthy manufacturers and tradespeople, handling unavoidable freight damage, and having a well-thought out plan before construction begins.
Additionally, Designer’s knowledge of space planning and fabric durability can make your space more functional.
Because of their ability to mix colors and patterns and understanding of design principles such as proportion and scale, a designer can create a cohesive space that reflects your lifestyle.
How do I get the best results for my project?
Have a good idea of what you want to accomplish and what feelings you want your space to invoke. Spend time looking online for inspirational images. Determine what specific features of the photographs do and don’t appeal to you.
A good client relationship is based on collaboration, respect, and communication. Be clear about your expectations and desires. Tell us how you feel and what you like and don’t like.
What Unique skills can you bring to my project?
Architectural detailing, proactive problem solving, experience managing projects, and working with trades are the valuable skills our clients seek for their projects. Our goal is to create spaces that balance usability, aesthetics, and economics to yield cohesive, evocative environments.