The design consultation is the starting point. Here we discuss the scope of your project and what your goals are, as well as your budget. We will discuss your tastes, your lifestyle, and how you intend to use the space.
SITE MEASURE AND ASSESSMENT
We will take detailed measurements and photographs of all the spaces involved in your project. Where appropriate, we will also arrange to have the trades people who will be working on your project come in and take their own measurements, for estimating purposes.
Carefully considered space planning is crucial to a well-designed space. After all the measurements have been taken we will develop floor plans for each room. Floor plans allow us to determine what pieces will best fit into the space, how they will be arranged, and the scale of each piece. We will then schedule a meeting to review each floor plan and discuss the pros and cons of each.
The design concept starts with developing a color scheme and sourcing fabrics, furniture, fixtures, and materials. Custom furniture and built-ins are designed and finishes are chosen. Materials for flooring, counters, and cabinetry are selected. Wall and floor coverings are considered. Window treatments are designed and fabrics, trims, and hardware are chosen. A lighting plan is developed. Drawings, samples, and pictures are gathered. Quotes and pricing are researched.
Throughout this step there will be a fair amount of communication and there may be intermediate meetings to discuss certain elements of the design. Creating the design concept is a multi-faceted process and generally requires several weeks, depending on the scope of your project.
CONCEPT PRESENTATION AND APPROVAL
Once the design concept is ready to present, we will schedule a meeting. You will be presented with carefully edited selections that represent the best choices for your space. We will go through the design in detail and you will be presented with fabrics, drawings, photos, and samples for each element in the design. For some elements you will be presented with a few options. During the meeting you will provide feedback and we will narrow down the options to the best one for each element. If there are items that need to be re-sourced, we will discuss the steps involved with that.
By the end of the meeting we should have a complete design concept that meets your approval. If you want to see, touch, feel or sit on some of your furniture options we can arrange a trip to the showroom. Timely approval of the design concept is crucial for maintaining accurate pricing and ensuring the availability of some design elements (fabrics or antiques for example). If the design is not approved in a timely manner there may be additional costs associated with replacing items that are no longer available. Once the design has been approved and all elements are finalized we can begin executing the design.
A time table is developed for purchasing and ordering, work to be done by trades, and final installation. This schedule will be adjusted along the way to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. Please be aware that most projects take several months to complete. The lead time on furniture can often be 8-15 weeks.
Before any trades are hired or items are purchased on your behalf you will receive a proposal for approval that details the work to be done or to be purchased along with all known associated costs. Nothing will be purchased without your approval.
You will receive two copies of each proposal;one for your records, and one that you will sign and return to our office with a 50% deposit. For fabric, antiques and other off-the-shelf items, payment must be made in full when the work order is approved. The balance on each order will be due when the merchandise is ready for delivery or when services provided by trades are substantially completed.
DESIGN AND TRADES IMPLEMENTATION
If there is work to be done by trades, we schedule this as soon as possible. We manage the scheduling and oversee the work to make sure the design is executed properly and with the highest quality workmanship. Throughout the design process, we manage all the details. We make sure that work by trades is underway or has been satisfactorily completed, all concerns have been addressed, furniture ordered, payments made, schedule on track, and no detail overlooked. We will schedule a brief meeting to review anything left outstanding or any changes that need to be made.
INSTALLING AND ACCESSORIZING
This is where the vision turns into reality. All work by trades has been completed. Now the furniture is delivered, window treatments are installed, rugs laid, accessories placed, and art hung. If it can be arranged, I have it all done on the same day so you can get that "wow" effect when you come home.
Styling is what elevates your space to magazine quality status. It involves adding finishing touches and follows a process different from the rest of the design. Before the installation, we will go to a number of stores and choose various accessories for your space. This could include art, lamps, throws, vases, candles, and other types of accessories. On installation day they will be placed throughout your space. We will provide you with the cost of each item, and you will have a day or two to decide what you want to keep. You will pay for what is staying and we will return anything that you do not want.
REFINEMENT PUNCH LIST
Once the installation is complete, we will walk through the space and review each room together. We will compile a punch list of all the little things that are left outstanding or need attention (such as paint touch-ups or a needed item). We will have each item on the list addressed as quickly as possible. If there is something that is not right, don't worry. We will make sure it gets taken care of. Once all the items on the punch list are completed, the project will have come to a close. We will then discus plans for photographing the space.
At this point it will be time to CELEBRATE. The space will be yours for years to come!