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Hiring an interior designer: How does it work?
All designers/decorators work differently. At Home to You, LLC, a short questionnaire is requested and a follow-up phone conversation will help us evaluate your project. This helps to determine if H2Y will be a good match for you and your project. If one is interested in full design services, we then offer an initial home consultation. In this meeting we will walk through your home or business with you and identify the specific needs of your interior design project. No actual design is done in this meeting, just an evaluation of the project scope and your needs and timing. After this meeting, a design fee proposal will be sent to you for your review.
What is eDesign?
eDesign is the modern way of interior design. This involves the client much more than full design projects and allows one to be more hands on with their own project. eDesign can include but not limited to mood boards, shopping lists, photoshop images and other renderings.
How do you charge?
We maintain competitive design fees due to less overhead as we are a mobile/remote company. There are multiple ways that we charge for full interior design projects, but our design fee will typically be either a fixed fee and/or hourly estimates. Michelle's normal hourly rate is $35/hr. eDesign packages can be purchased in a range of prices depending on the package. In addition to the design/package fee, we offer many options when it comes to purchasing suggested product and furnishings. In most cases we offer a discount off the retail price which allows our prices to be lower that of the competition.
What will our project cost?
It depends on the level you wish to take your project. If you have a specific design fee budget in mind, we are more than happy to prepare a proposal, stating what we can offer, keeping within your budget. Each and every project differs from the next.
How do we get started, and what is next?
Before beginning work, you complete a detailed questionnaire that helps us get to know you and your project. For full interior design we take a design fee retainer that is applied to your final invoice. We then engage in a visioning session and work with you on any fact finding (preferred design styles, requirements for each room, how you live and work in your home etc.) we photograph the residence and take formal measurements. From there we prepare a schematic design presentation, showing you our initial drawings, proposed material selections, palette options, and concepts. After design approval of that stage, we work with you on narrowing down the final selections, pricing, and implementing the design. eDesign packages are simply purchased and then the deliverables are sent to you!
Where do you get your furniture?
We purchase product from a variety of sources. We also use local stores, to the trade showrooms, and retail locations, as well as online and catalogue retailers. If our clients have sources that they prefer to work with, we are more than happy to do so. We also work with local custom upholstery and drapery workrooms.
Do we need to use your contractor or architect?
No. We will work with your builder, or tradespeople. We are more than happy to refer you to those who can help as well. You will not pay us for construction related labor, that is between you and your contractor.
Do I have to make purchases through you?
No. You are welcome to make any purchases on your own. Most clients do purchase through us, because of the discount we pass along.
What experience do you have?
Michelle's passions include functional yet appealing design for all budgets. She has earned a bachelor’s in interior design and has practiced in the trade for over 5 years. An innovative design center allows Michelle to bring the entire process to you. From the initial introductory meeting to the completion of installations, Home to You, LLC provides top notch service throughout.
How long will our project take?
This will vary per project. A typical kitchen remodel may take approximately 3 months to design and build. A living room remodel may take a month to design, and 2 months to receive and install all product and furniture. If you are remodeling your bathroom, the process may take only a month from start to finish. A custom home design from start to finish may take 3 months to layout and plan the details.
What is your style?
We don't have a style that we stick to. Our clients’ preferences, the architecture of the home or building and its natural surroundings, and also the budget will dictate the interior's style direction. Home to You, LLC seeks to bring out her client's personality and best s elf in each space.