I have never worked with an interior designer before, how does this work?
I will make an initial visit to your home or workplace. On that first visit I will talk with you about what your design needs are. I will ask you how you want the space to "feel", look and function. I will take necessary measurements and inventory of items you wish to use/keep. Then I go back to my studio and come up with a design concept. We will meet again at my studio to go over my ideas. This is where the collaboration really starts. I need your feedback to make the space your own.
I just need help with wall colors, do you make recommendations?
My color consultations follow the outlined scenario from above (an initial meeting then a follow up to go over ideas). If you get a color up and it is just not quite right, I will help you reselect at no extra charge for my time.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for your initial visit?
I do ask my clients to look at magazines and tear out pictures of things they like and things they don't like. While you may not see any rhyme or reason to your selections, it gets you to think about your likes and dislikes. In addition I can typically see a pattern to your taste.
Think about a realistic budget for your project. I don't want to leave out a choice because I "assume" it is out of your price range, by the same token, I don't want to tease you with things that are not in your budget.
Prepare to have fun and enjoy the design process! I help you wade through the myriad of choices, so we only look at things that meet your needs.
How do you charge for your services?
I have a flat hourly rate that I charge for time that we are together (face to face time).
The products that I specify for your project typically can be purchased through me. I sell those at retail.
I charge a different hourly rate for any manual or CAD drafting that may be involved in your project (construction plans, lighting plans, and the like)
Do you have carpenters, painters, remodelers you can recommend?
Absolutely! I have cultivated a great group of craftspeople that I am proud to recommend. They are prompt, reliable, and stand behind their work.
What if I want to do some of the work myself?
Not a problem. I know sometimes people want to keep the cost down with sweat equity. I will do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. If I have done drawings for remodeling, I do charge for my time to create the plan -if you want to keep it.