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The 5-Step Design Process

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if your design project progressed as quickly as they do on the television shows? Imagine…. you sign a letter of agreement and voila the demo crew is at your front door at 7:00 a.m. the next morning ready to go!

Ok, ok, time for a little reality check. Here’s a brief outline of the real phases an interior design project moves through so you know what to expect before you begin, and feel comfortable with the process.

Phase I – Programming

The Programming Phase is like a first date, but without the butterflies. This is where we get to know you and your desires — for your new space, that is.  We’ll ask you a number of relevant questions, inventory your existing furnishings, photograph your space, and discuss your project budget and timeline.

If needed, we will meet with your architect, and any other consultants involved, before beginning the next phase – Design Development.

Phase II – Design Development

Design Development is the courtship. We are so excited we can’t contain ourselves. The creative ideas are flowing and we can’t wait to share them with you. We want to call you every day, but we don’t (I promise).

We develop new space plans, furniture plans, and color palettes, as well as select your new interior finishes such as paint, wallcovering, flooring, ceiling and window treatments, moldings, cabinetry and countertops. This is also the phase when any custom-designed pieces or treatments would be sketched for your review.

After we finish sourcing your job we meet with you to review the plans and finish selections and make any refinements needed.

Then we finalize your design drawings and meet with you once more before starting the final detailing of your plans and ordering your furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Phase III – Construction Documents and Administration

Our time together is increasing. We’re getting really serious now and want to be exclusive, so to speak. We’re having intimate, detailed conversations…about that ½” edge detail on your countertops!

During the Construction Documentation phase it’s all about the details. We detail out all of your drawings so your contractor knows exactly what our design intent is and has accurate drawings to price out your job.

After you receive several contractor bids and their proposed timelines, we assist you in reviewing each to ensure accuracy and fair pricing.

We also draft and submit purchase orders for all of your equipment, interior finishes, and furnishings so items are received and ready to install before construction begins.

Phase IV – Construction/Installation

We’re engaged and we’re starting to build something new together. This phase is filled with excitement, surprises, and a few  “I-Never-Knew-It-Could-Be–Like This” exclamations, sprinkled with a  “Ohhh- Maybe-We Should – Re-Visit – The Budget” moment.

Designers (most) live for the Construction Phase!  We get to see our ideas come to life and that smile on your face.  We stop by the job site frequently to oversee the sub-contractors and ensure work is progressing on schedule and as planned. We meet with you weekly to address any of your concerns.

Following construction, we coordinate the delivery and installation of your new furnishings, accessories and artwork. It’s like Christmas morning all over again!

Phase V – Project Completion

The Big Day arrived and now we’re sitting back, albeit a little tired, and saying “WOW, what an experience to have some many great people helping us fulfill your dream.” And then…you get to live it.

Before we conclude our time together, we do a final walk-through with you and prepare a list of any remaining small items needing attention.  We also discuss the care and maintenance of all your new finishes, furnishings and equipment so you can enjoy them for many years and maintain their new appearance.

As we drive away, we are content knowing our collaboration has laid the foundation for you to live and work in a personalized space you never want to leave.

*Please note not all of these activities will pertain to your job as defined by its scope of work.

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