The Design Process
What to expect

Step1: Set up an initial consultation with several designers. Plan to spend 1-1.5 hours for each. Prepare to ask questions of the potential Interior Designer and review his/her portfolio. The designer may ask you to bring along any preliminary drawings or ideas you have to get a better understanding of what is expected of them and what they can offer on the proposed project. Generally, most Interior Designers do not charge for this initial time.

Step 2: Select the Interior Designer and schedule an in-depth interview with them. The objective of this meeting is: 1. Establish and clarify goals; and 2. Create a timeline and a budget ( if one hasn't already been set up.)

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: The Interior Designer will establish a design concept and prepare a detailed presentation of how the design is to be executed.

Step 5: After you approve the design concept, construction documents are prepared. Construction documents include specifics such as the interior wall elevations, lighting plans, tile details, etc.).

Step 6: If furnishings are needed, the purchasing phase will begin. In general, deposits are required and balances are due before or upon delivery and installation.

Step 7: Construction management may begin at this point and last throughout the duration of the project.

Step 8: A delivery date is determined as construction of interior work (if any) nears completion and furnishings are ready for shipment.

Step 9: Depending on the size of the project, delivery and installation of interior furnishings could as little as one day or as long as one week. After everything is delivered and installed, the Interior Designer will walk through the project with you to ensure complete satisfaction.

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