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Design Process & Fees
This may be the most common question I receive. “How do you work?” “What is the process?”
Interior design, like many creative fields, doesn’t have a clear-cut process that works for all clients. Just as each client’s needs are different, so are the roles of the designer in the project itself.
I tailor my designs around my client’s project requirements, but there are some basic design processes that are standard across the board.
The first phase is the initial phone call from the client, which is typically 15-30 minutes in length to gather the basic information about the project:
- Location, size of the home and year built
- Type and number of rooms needing design
- Type of design needed (Space Planning, Remodeling, New furniture, Paint consultation, etc.)
- Family makeup
- Desired aesthetic
I explain my fees, which are charged on an hourly basis at $125, and schedule the first visit.
The first in-home visit is a 2-hour appointment to review the rooms needing design and take measurements and photos. Initial design ideas are shared, the scope of the project is laid out, and the letter of agreement is signed. A $500 deposit is collected to proceed and is counted toward the first four hours of design time.
This includes creating a concept or mood board, or selecting samples for the materials and finishes for the project and presenting it to the client.
The next step will vary depending on the project needs. It may involve shopping with the client for flooring or furniture, or selecting fabrics for their window treatments, or creating floor plan options for space planning or remodeling with CAD or rendering software. All time spent on the project will be itemized out on the invoices.
Final evaluation by the clients and any remaining items on the punch list are completed. Final photos are taken by either myself or my photographer. Clients enjoy their new beautiful spaces and are excited for all the new memories to come!