Interior design is a service; and as such, it is my responsibility to listen to your ideas and concerns and to help you communicate and implement the design we will collaborate on together. I encourage all of my clients to find some way to communicate their goals to me. You may want to collect and reference visual images (photos and magazine clippings) and any other environments that reflect your aesthetic and functional criteria. You might also have items and/or furnishings that you would like to incorporate into the new space. Being made aware of all the elements will help me to create a space as personal and unique as you are.
I usually travel to see you at the site of your project and spend some time investigating your requirements, discussing your personal situation and answering questions about my services. The first meeting will involve gaining understanding and direction in regards to the design project. Meetings in and around Miami or Maine are usually possible within a few days of inquiry and at no cost to the client. Meetings outside those areas may take longer to arrange and will be subject to reimbursement charges for travel expenses.
Typically, all successive meetings will be scheduled in order for you, as the client, to review designs in regards to the overall concept including (but not limited to) color scheme, materials, selections and preliminary estimates. During these meetings, drawings pertinent to the planning phase of the project will be agreed upon prior to execution of the project. Meetings will be held regularly until all aspects of the design are agreed upon.
At this point, a client may wish to finish the project on their own or retain our services to insure the work is being carried out according to the specifications provided. In the event that you would like us to oversee any aspect of the construction/implementation, we would be more than happy to visit the site at regular and appropriate intervals throughout this process.
Design Agreements or contracts are very important because they allow both parties to define the scope of the project. They outline the rights and responsibilities of both parties; and therefore, it is in your best interest to have a signed contract before any work begins or money is exchanged.
It all depends on what you want. There are many variables including the size of the project (one room or the entire building?), quality of products selected (high-end or lower-end finishes? custom or prefabricated millwork?), and the timeframe in which the project needs to be completed (two months or two years?). Developing the budget is a partnership between you (the Client) and us (your Designer). As the client, you must have an active role in developing the budget. If you’re unsure about costs, that’s one of the reasons we are here to aid you, so please be honest about what you are willing to spend. As a professional designer, we assess your needs and help you determine where to spend and where to save, prioritizing expenses while creating an interior that is within your budget. Also, remember that not everything has to be completed at once. I can develop a long-range plan, consult with you to establish a list of priorities and determine a time line for accomplishing your project.
The initial consultation is of no charge to the client. Here we will determine if we are a proper fit. In this meeting we will specifically discuss the fees and payment moving forward.
Please contact me if you have any more questions regarding the process, fee structure, and availability.