OUR DESIGN PROCESS
Step 1: Initial Consultation
At the first meeting, we meet with the client at the project site to gather a scope of the project. The first time consultation fee is $250, and usually runs about an hour or so, depending on the scope of the project.
At the initial consult, we will:
- Determine the client’s design style, preferences, and color palette
- Determine the use of space and the client’s lifestyle needs
- Discuss specific design solutions for the spaces involved
- Establish the budget, timeline, priorities, and project scope
- Review the RWD design process with the client, including next steps
The average furniture budget per room we suggest to clients is $15,000-$25,000. A full kitchen remodel can range in cost from $40,000 to $100,000 or more when new cabinets are involved. The budget will also depend on which details are most valuable to each client. We will work within the budget to create the client’s dream space.
Step 2: Signing the Contract
After the initial consultation, we will assess the project scope and estimate the number of hours we expect to spend on the design, based on past projects. Our hourly rate is $175, and hours will be billed on a monthly basis. We will draw up a contract to be signed by both parties, and ten percent of the estimated design fees will be due upon signing as a retainer, and will be applied toward final invoices. Once we’ve received the signed contract and deposit, we will move on to the Design Concept phase.
Step 3: Design Concept
This part of the process includes taking necessary measurements of the space, drafting new layouts and elevations, selection of specific pieces of furniture, rugs, window coverings, plumbing and appliances, flooring, tile, countertops, and various other finishes, as needed. We can work with any aesthetic, so each space will be tailored to the client’s specific style.
Typically, we will meet with the client at least once during the process of developing the design concept to make sure everyone is on the same page. At our final meeting, we will bring fabric swatches, flooring samples, paint colors and other specifications needed for the project and walk the client through all of the final design decisions. We will also have an exact budget for the project and pricing on all specified items ready to go upon client approval.
Step 4: Design Implementation
When we have completed the Design Concept phase and the client is ready to move forward, we will ask for a 75% deposit on anything purchased by, and through, Rebecca Ward Design. Plumbing fixtures can take up to 6 weeks to arrive, and furniture typically takes 8-12 weeks to deliver. At this time, we will also secure the services of contractor or subcontractor as needed for implementing the design. We have a “team” of contractors we typically use and recommend, but we can also get bids from other sources.
For projects involving large amounts of furniture and accessories, we typically try to coordinate everything to arrive on the same day to allow for an exciting “reveal” on installation day. This includes accessorizing and staging new and existing items.
Now it’s time to enjoy a newly designed home that has every detailed designed with you in mind!