So you’re thinking you need some help with designing your own home and hiring an interior designer but you’re not sure what to expect and if its right for you? Then let me help clear up a few of the most commonly asked questions I have:
Do I need one?
Are you a procrastinator and time poor? Are you and your partner arguing over your ideas and you can’t seem to agree on which direction to go in? Do you have too many ideas and need help bringing them all together to create a cohesive scheme? or do you have an awkward space and you’re not really sure how furniture would fit? If you answered yes to any of these then an interior designer can help you!
Do I need to be rich to hire an interior designer?
Simple answer, No. In days of old this used to be the case but many of us are trying to democratise interior design and bring this service to anyone who wants it.
If you are time poor and the thought of trawling the internet for a specific piece of furniture or inspiration for your home in the evening after being in work all day and then sorting the family out sounds like another job too much then an interior designer is for you. We can provide bespoke pricing to each individual client and can work by the hour or day and work within a limit of your choosing.
The area of interior design that can eat up the most amount of cash is when we are asked to project manage as this takes up the most time but we provide the experience of dealing with trades, organising them and being there to manage everything if something goes wrong on site.
We do offer some design packages, check out our work with me section, for rooms that just need a quick refresh such as a new colour scheme or suggesting new products to make the space more modern or fresh looking and these are suitable for living rooms/dining areas/bedrooms etc but these packages don’t include the more complex elements of Interior Design such as floor plans, lighting plans, liaising with suppliers and will be delivered to you digitally. Kitchen and Bathroom design which is more technical and requires more input aren’t included in these packages.
Whats the process?
We start with an initial consultation where we spend an hour together (or more if needed) to go through everything and discuss your needs. Its always helpful at this point if you have any images that are of inspiration and also images of rooms/schemes that you hate as this is just as useful to us.
If you decide to take our services further then we will go away from the initial consultation and come up with a concept for your space and initial design, this can include elevations and floor plans so you can visualise your space, we can also provide you with a hard copy to keep and mull over at your leisure. Its then up to you how you want to proceed, you can take all the info we have given you and manage the implementation yourself or you can proceed onto the next stage..
Project co-ordination is the next step and this is where our experience of being on site and dealing with trades makes the extra payment worthwhile. Your designer is there to help move the project forward and liaise with the trades and make sure the design is implemented fully but also to help if something does go wrong.
How long does it all take?
This can really depend on the customer. If you are clear with what you want from your designer from the start it can be a simple process and a room thats requiring a few simple changes can take anywhere between 3-4 weeks. If you are wanting an overhaul of a couple of rooms then it can take up to 6 months maybe more depending how complicated the designs are and finally for a full house up to a year if not longer. Every house and every client is different so this isn’t prescriptive and we keep in contact with our client throughout the process so you’re never left hanging wondering whats going on.
Do you have to come to my house or are you able to do remote designs?
We work across Cheshire, Shropshire, Wales and West Midlands but if you live further afield don’t worry, we can work remotely to help either give you confidence to go on and create the scheme or we can build a mood board with suggested product and styling tips, this though is only for simple room changes and wouldn’t be advised for more complex refurbishments.
If you would like more information regarding our remote/e-design packages click here
Ideally though if you do live relatively closely it is a good idea to schedule in an initial consultation, this helps us develop a relationship with yourselves and get to know you and your tastes and to see and measure the room in person to better help you.
We will always provide different options for products but initially we will present the mood board we feel is most suitable, we can then open a dialogue regarding changes/amendments should they be needed.
With E-designs we do ask for 50% payment upfront.
Are you able to design my kitchen and project manage it?
Yes, we have extensive experience in kitchen design and will work with local companies to design the right kitchen for you and your space. Project managing a kitchen design is probably one of the more technical aspects of a house scheme as there are many trades to organise and elements to get right so please be aware it can be a long and disruptive process.
Whats your hourly rate and payment terms?
We charge £50 an hour for the initial consultation and then £50 an hour for all work carried out.
We can provide an estimate for the amount of hours the project will take and we will require a deposit before work is undertaken. The balance payment based on the hours worked will need to be paid before final design is presented. This enables us to protect our design work from being used and us not receiving full payment.
For any site visits that are more than 20 miles away we charge 0.50p per mile. Time on site is charged at £50 an hour regardless of distance.
Payment is to be made within 7 days of receipt of invoice
If you have any other questions relating to the whole process then please feel free to get in touch with us either on the contact form or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you