Regardless of the scope of the job, our process is conducted in three steps. These three easy steps allow for us to get all the information together along the way before moving forward to the next step. We have found over the years of being in business that this is the best way to achieve the desired overall result, and allows our clients to see the direction the project is taking, and know the cost involved before moving forward.
PHASE ONE: GETTING TO KNOW YOU
At our initial meeting we will be asking questions about your project and what you see happening in your space. We may make suggestions as to the scope of the project at this time, but won’t be making any design suggestions. This is our information gathering stage only. We will mostly be getting to know you and how you and your family live in your home, as well as getting a feeling for your style and personality. The information we gather during this stage is critical and will set the tone for the design. We will also discuss the timeline for your project and that dreaded B-word, Budget. Don’t worry if you don’t know what things cost at this point, we can help you set a realistic budget based on the scope of your project, or scale back the project based on the reality of your budget as the case may be.
STEP TWO: THE DESIGN PHASE
After doing our due diligence, we should have all the information we need to begin the design phase. We will know exactly what direction we are going in, and have the time frame and budget fairly well nailed down. These things are important to know before the design phase begins as we will keep in mind a tight time frame when making selections to ensure we are selecting things that are in stock, and within budget. If time is not an issue, there are always a lot more options when it comes to selections. We advise having your design plan done well in advance of beginning the bidding process for multiple reasons.
- More options
- You know exactly what things cost and will have real numbers instead of allowances in a bid.
- If you are putting your project out to bid multiple contractors, you know that they are bidding apples to apples instead of each giving you different allowances.
The design phase of the project will take up to several weeks depending on scope and, in the end, you will be presented with a full design presentation including: Drawings, renderings if necessary, samples of materials to touch and feel, photos, and space plans
At this point in the process you will begin to see the vision taking shape. Changes can of course be made at this point, but those are usually minor changes if any since we have asked all the right questions before getting started. You will be asked to sign off on the designs and selections at this point before moving forward with step 3.
step three: implementation
This is what we’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to make the magic happen! After you have approved all drawings and design selections, orders will be placed and begin rolling in to our receiving warehouse over the next coming months. Meanwhile, if we are building or remodeling, we will have met with and provided all designs and selections to your contractor and they will begin the construction phase. Once the dust settles, it’s time for us to deliver and set up your new furniture, hang pictures and draperies, and see to all the details that will make your house the home of your dreams!