While this is a unique experience with every client and their individual requirements, I usually meet the client in the potential space (or take a virtual zoom walk) to discuss goals, needs and style. I feed off of your enthusiasm and ideas, and love when clients feel safe enough to trust me with their inspirations.
I start with schematic designs that include floor plans with furniture, sharing any drawings and sketches or inspirational pictures that assists me in creating a holistic vision of the ultimate goal. I can also include a preliminary selection of materials that can enhance and emphasize my vision.
Once I understand how the space is meant to look, feel and function, I make final selections and complete any final drawings, if required. Depending on your package, I may procure items, have them shipped and stored before the final installation. I can also participate in Construction Administration and Project Management as needed.
I’m absolutely dedicated to each project I undertake, beginning to end!
Many designers quote their hourly rate as a template to follow. However, rates will vary significantly no matter where you live. Do you know what that rate includes or how many hours your project will take? That’s where it gets a little tricky.
Every designer is different – when comparing pricing, remember that cheaper doesn’t mean better (or adequate for that matter!).
I charge hourly for:
- Custom Design Packages,
- New Construction Packages,
- Remodelling Packages.
My rate has fluctuated over the years, so I usually don’t publish it. What I will do (and have always done) is provide an estimate of my design fees – up front. Should the scope of work change, or if I’m asked to carry out additional services, I will discuss this with you prior to charging more hours.
I love this question, mainly because there is no single correct answer! My job is to work with your style. I have several preferred looks, as evidenced in the design of my home below (Add 2 or 3 pictures of your home), however, my preferences won’t be the same as yours. And that’s okay!
At the start of our journey, I’ll begin to discover your preferences. I’ve had clients who knew exactly what they liked and others who were a blank slate. It’s my job to figure out your preferred style(s), even if you don’t know what it is at this point in time!
It depends. Most of the wholesale vendors we work with do not accept returns. That is why we work extra hard in the design phase to communicate to you both verbally and visually what each piece will be like. If you are concerned about a sofa being comfortable, for example, we will take you to the showroom so you can try it out. If any furnishing was ordered incorrectly by AMID, we will stand by our promise to you that you will be satisfied.
If you want to get information on what things typically cost, check out this guide by my fellow interior designer. It is updated regularly and very accurate.
If you would like for us to calculate your budget for you, we will do so as part of our custom design service.
I use this incredible tool often. It uses up to date data, based on your zip code, to calculate typical costs for construction, remodeling, and smaller things such as painting, window replacement, wood floors, countertops, and so much more
If you’ve never hired a designer, you’re probably wondering just exactly what it’s like. What do designers do? What should you be doing? Here are some good ideas.
Ask any designer this and they’ll probably say “it depends”. But that’s not very helpful! Here is a good explanation on fees, markups, and what designers actually do.