How to Estimate Construction Costs on Just About Anything
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
How to Work With an Interior Designer
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.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Interior Designer?
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.
7 Questions to Ask a Designer Before You Hire One
When you interview someone to potentially become your interior designer, be sure to ask lots of questions. But what do you ask exactly?
Do you have any questions for me? Remember: there’s no such thing as a dumb question!
How much do you charge?
Many designers will quote clients their hourly rate. Rates will vary significantly no matter where you live. But how do you know what that rate includes? And how many hours will it take?
Each designer is different. It’s important to compare apples-to-apples. I charge hourly for Custom Design Packages, and sometimes for New Construction or Remodeling Packages. My rate has fluctuated over the years, so I don’t like to publish it (what if I forget to update it?) But you don’t have to worry about getting a surprise bill from me. Because I always give you an Estimate if my design fees up front. Once you agree to it, this becomes our contract. So if the scope of work changes, or if I’m asked to do additional services, I will get your approval before I ever exceed the amount of fees in our agreement. For E-Design Packages, I charge a flat fee of $500 per room. And with every service I provide, you never pay markups of items that you purchase through my company. I pass my designer discounts on to you!
What is your process?
This depends on the scope of work. In general, my process is:
Meet you in the space and discuss your goals, needs and style. I love to see your inspiration pics, Pinterest, etc.
Schematic design-includes floor plans showing furniture, sharing drawings or inspiration pics of any special details or ideas, and sometimes some preliminary proposed selections of materials. Once I feel I understand how I want the space to look, feel and function, I make final selections and do any final drawings needed. Then depending on your package, I may procure items, have them shipped and stored, then have them installed. I can participate in Construction Administration as needed. For every job, I am here for you from beginning to end.
What’s your style?
My job is to work with your style. I do have a “look” that I like (several actually!) and if you ever come to my house, you’ll see it. But I am not going to design your space for me. I design it for you! At the beginning, I’ll ask you many questions about your preferences. Some clients know exactly what they like. Others don’t really know. I can figure out which style you’ll love, even if you don’t know what it is yet!
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