Set up an initial consultation with designer. Plan to spend 1-1.5 hours discussing your goals for your project. Prepare to ask questions of the Interior Designer and review the portfolio of past work. You may be asked to bring along any preliminary drawings or ideas that you have to get a better understanding of what is expected of the designer and what they can offer on the proposed project.
Once you have made the decision to move forward, schedule an in-depth interview with the designer. The objective of this meeting is: 1. Establish and clarify goals; and 2. Create a timeline and a budget (if one hasnít already been set up.)
A written agreement is prepared based on the terms outlined in this meeting. After a successful review of the agreement is conducted, the Interior Designer will request a retainer for services to be performed. Once a retainer is received the Designer will begin working on your project. At this time pictures of the space will be taken and dimensions will be noted for space planning.
The Interior Designer will establish a design concept and prepare a detailed presentation of how the design is to be executed. This is the point at which the Designer will collect furniture images and color/fabric samples, do some sketches and begin developing an overall design scheme to present to you for review.
After you approve the design concept, construction documents are prepared, if needed. Construction documents include specifics such as the interior wall elevations, lighting plans, tile details, etc.).
If furnishings are needed, the purchasing phase will begin once the specific items have been approved through the use of signed purchase orders. In general, deposits are required before an order can be placed with the balances due prior to delivery and installation. Custom orders are not refundable.
Construction/project management may begin at this point and last throughout the duration of the project.
A delivery date is determined as construction of interior work (if any) nears completion and furnishings are ready for shipment.
Depending on the size of the project, delivery and installation of interior furnishings could be as little as one day or a series of days in phases. After everything is delivered and installed, the Interior Designer will walk through the project with you to ensure complete satisfaction.