Why would I hire an Interior Designer?
When investing in your home, whether you’re planning on putting $5,000 into furniture and décor or $50,000+ into a remodel, having an Interior Designer is an insurance policy for both functionality and aesthetics. With the multitude of options available for each and every selection you’ll make, the more elements you’re balancing, the easier it is to miss-select without a professional. Interior Designers are trained on everything from the pros and cons of material options, to the psychological principles that should influence your paint colors, layout and lighting selections. We work hand-in-hand with architects, contractors and trade professionals to advocate on your behalf and make sure the details are executed appropriately. In short, without a trained Designer it’s very easy to make poor selections that waste money and leave you wondering why your home doesn’t feel ‘quite right’.
Is my project big enough? What does it cost to work with you?
We have engineered our design process to be as stress-free as the homes we create. We start with an initial in-home Design Consultation for up to two hours, where we’ll get to know you and your space by discussing what’s working and what’s not, along with your aesthetic preferences. This Consultation is a flat fee of $350 for all homes inside our normal service area.
If that’s all the help you need, that’s fine with us! Some clients opt to simply use us for this Design Consultation to get input and suggestions on finishes and materials they’re considering, as well as help selecting paint colors, etc.
Should you decide you’d like more help, we have a minimum of ten hours to take on a project at our hourly rate of $150 (though travel and our Design Assistant are billed at $95). After your Consultation we will put together a Design Proposal that outlines the time and tasks we anticipate for your project, as well as the price ranges for anything we’ll be sourcing so that we’re on the same page prior to diving in. Once you approve all of the details, we can dive into your design!
Kindly note that all minimums above are for our normal service areas (within 30 miles of Carlsbad Village), but if you’re outside of our area, we’re still happy to work with you! Please Contact us regarding your project and we’ll let you know our fees as they apply to your location.
What’s included in your ten-hour minimum ?
As mentioned above, after our consultation this minimum just covers our first ten hours of time together working on your project – it is in no way a guarantee we can accomplish the entirety of your design in those ten hours. We have this minimum commitment in order to make sure we aren’t pulled in too many directions by too many small projects, so we can give all of our clients the focused attention they deserve. Typically, the first ten hours take us through the first steps in your project including initial meeting, proposal creation and the foundation (if not first iteration or more) of your concept creation. Not to worry though, we do everything in our power to make it 100% clear what we’ll accomplish prior to diving in with our Design Proposal. The other positive about the Design Proposal is you’ll never be charged for more hours than we outlined, so long as you don’t add to the scope!
How many hours will my project take?
How much does a pair of jeans cost? As you can imagine, the answer can vary drastically and it’s hard to provide an accurate range without knowing more about what you’re looking for.
There are many factors that influence the how long a project takes because every space and scope are unique, as are the clients. We have worked through all of the selections for three entire bathrooms with very decisive clients in just seven hours, and we’ve also had a single in-depth bathroom remodel that included on-site project management take over fifty hours.
Since every project is different, we’re more than happy to hop on a call and discuss the scope of your unique design so we can give you an educated estimate of a range the work might fall under, and again we’ll give you a specific estimate after your Design Consultation with our Proposal. Kindly fill out your information on our Contact page, and we’ll be in touch.
Will you be purchasing for me? Marking up products?
Yes and no – it’s totally your choice.
Interior Designers have historically made a large percentage of their income by marking up the products they specify to clients. The upside to this is clients have access to exclusive items, but being financially incentivized to design with more expensive products doesn’t feel quite right to us.
We’re truly here to help you get the best space possible for your unique tastes and budget, and as such we let you choose – we’re happy to give you access to trade items and order on your behalf, or source from retail and let you do the purchasing. Should you choose to have us purchase for you, we will never charge above retail, and can actually often save you 5 – 10% off on everything from plumbing to furniture. No pressure either way!
So to clarify, your hourly charge includes…?
Our fee includes any time spent on tasks specifically for your project. For example, discussing the project with your contractor, putting together your Design Proposal, creating your concept, and sourcing all of the unique items that will make your space shine are included in your project fee. Drive time to our Design Consultation is complimentary, but transit time thereafter is billed at our lower travel rate.
Don’t be nervous that the hours will go out of control - again we can be as hands on or off as you choose, and we always make sure to get clarity on what you want help with before with the Design Proposal. We are also proponents for full transparency, so every invoice has a clear break down of all the tasks we performed on your behalf. We’re here to help you create a beautiful home, not to take your money by sleight of hand.
Take me through this step by step, how does your process work?
We’d love to let you know what to expect if we work together, so we’ve outlined our full process here.
Okay, I’m in – but how do I make the most of our time together?
I love this question because there are a few simple things you can do as the client that really help us nail it for you as your designer!
First, ask questions – if you’re not sure about any part of the design process, or know you want a certain outcome but aren’t sure if it’s reasonable by all means ask! There are no silly questions, and we’re here to help.
Second, do your homework. After our initial phone call, we’ll send you a design questionnaire to get to know you and your style. The more you give us to go off of, the better job we can do with your design.
Third, be transparent. This is a very collaborative process, so being forthright about your budget, timeframe, lifestyle, preferences, etc. is critical to our understanding the full picture and can create your best design.
Sounds great, how do we get started?
Hop on over to our Contact page above and fill out your information. We’ll be in touch soon to schedule a time to hop on a call, chat through your project, answer any questions, and get the ball moving!