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This is typically the first contact. I offer a 15 minute complimentary phone discussion to understand your project needs. If there is mutual interest, we can schedule a consultation.
I will meet you in person and on-site to discuss the scope of your project in detail – what your desired outcome is, which areas are to be covered, your functional needs, tastes/preferences, likes, dislikes, personal style and lifestyle. It is also very important for you to have an overall realistic budget before you begin the project. If needed, I can walk through the scope of work and help you arrive at a rough budget. Another important factor is identifying who will be the person on the client’s side who will be the point of contact for all communication and approvals.
Once you decide that I am the right designer for you, we will need to formalize our engagement. This will require a letter of agreement to be signed, along with payment of a retainer fee. The consultation fee you have paid will be adjusted against the design fees at the end of the project.
This on- site meeting generally occurs shortly after the letter of agreement and retainer is received. I will take detailed measurements and photographs of all the spaces involved in your project. Where appropriate, I will also arrange to have contractors/sub-contractors who will be working on your project come in and take their own measurements for estimating purposes.
It is important to have a well designed layout – this affects functionality, flow and space utilization of the area. Based on the measurements taken and considering your requirements, you will be presented options for the layout of items for your space. Once this decision is made, the next step is developing the overall design concept.
Design Concept and Specifications
This phase covers the options and selection of the color scheme, fabrics, furniture, fixtures, materials and finishes, along with the design of built-ins and custom furniture if required. Timely approval of the design concept is important for maintaining validity of price quotes from vendors etc. as well as ensuring that selected items don’t go out of production. There may be additional costs associated with replacing items that are no longer available. The next step is execution of the approved design concept.
A schedule is made for purchasing and ordering, work to be done by vendors, and final installation.
Before any vendors are hired or items are purchased on your behalf you will receive a purchase proposal for approval – this details the work to be done or item to be purchased along with all known associated costs. Nothing will be purchased without your signed approval and indicated payment in advance.
All tasks and deliverables are tracked closely to keep the project on track.
Styling the area and Walkthrough
Once all work has been completed, and all the procured items are in, I will arrange everything to give the area the final, finished look. A key part of achieving this final look is picking the right art and accessories for the area. I will pick up any items we have not covered in the procurement stage from various stores, and you can pay for the items you want to keep.
Once the final setup has been done, we can walk through the space together and note any items that need further attention. I will get these taken care of, and the project can be considered complete.
I also typically get photographs taken of the finished space, and this will need to be scheduled.