Explanation & Examples of Full Service Design
These are some examples of the types of documents and presentations that are involved in my full service interior design contract. This is my most common way of working with clients, as it's the most fluid and all-encompassing. Examples of the documents below are paired with multiple in person meetings on site with finish samples. Behind all the pretty pictures and finishes is a lot of communication with the contractor, meticulous planning, time, ordering and processing, and hashing out details!
For a large scale renovation I suggest to start talking to a designer at least 6 full months before you plan on doing any work. If the scope of work is big enough, it's possible a year of planning or more will go into your project.
Each project is drastically different. In your design quote it will state exactly what you will get for you project. This project is used just as an example.
Before design even starts, the client agrees to the quoted hours for design, and the visual communication begins. On the client questionnaire that you will have to fill out, I ask for your Pinterest page full of inspiration. This is very important to obtaining your prefect space if you have a hard time conveying what you want verbally. I can look at your saved images, make suggestions and comments, add other pictures, etc. This helps me pin point design elements that you like and visually organizes your goals.
Then... I start designing!
First, we start with layouts. 2D floor plans are the best way to convey the overall space in the simplest form. This lays out the function and the nitty-gritty of it. Where is your garbage going to go? The size of all your appliances, storage, etc.
Once this floor plan is presented, I take notes on what you love and what you might want to change. If the scope of work is really large and there may be more than one floor plan option for the space, that would be outlined in your quote and you would receive more than one plan.
Next, I propose the first round of finish options for the space. These are the finishes shown in the renderings, and samples brought to our first meeting.
Paired with the first round of finish selections, you will also receive a rendering that helps depict the space in 3D. Renderings are not totally necessary in every design scenario. If you are confident that you can think and make decisions in 2D, we can save some design hours skipping a 3D rendering. If you need it in order to see the vision, here are a couple examples of what they look like.
After the rendering and finish materials are presented, I ask for open and honest feedback about the design. You won't hurt my feelings if you don't like something! You can take the plans over to look at for a few days before making any decisions. It's a lot to process and a big change - I suggest sleeping on it for a few days!
After the final feedback on the design, I revise and finalize the documents. If you have a contractor that you are working with this is the time we do a walk through for labor costs on the construction. On my end, you will now have a full price list of all the materials you will need to complete the job.
When the time is right, we get ordering your fixtures and finishes! My invoicing system makes it super easy to order everything in one place, I get it shipped to your house (or my office) , and label everything for the contractor.
I always like to add a disclaimer... that its inevitable that some things are going to come in damaged, or incorrect. If that does happen I make sure it's corrected and taken care of.
Fixtures get ordered, the contractor gets his documents, and we are ready to start construction! With Full service design I quote hours to see the project through to the finish. This ensures that everything goes as planned, regular check-ins with the contractor, and problem solving if need be.
It sounds quick and easy from the process above, but depending on each individual project, there is a ton of behind-the-scenes work and communication that happens. About 85% of the project is complete when the documents are handed to the contractor. That other 15% are loose ends that are tied up as the construction process starts. A typical timeline for full service design is 4-6 weeks prior to getting the contractor involved, depending on the scope of the project.
I hope this was a helpful guideline. Of course you can reach out to me with any questions regarding your specific project!