FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
So Why Should I Hire A Designer?
Just like you can do your own taxes or write your own will, you can also handle your own interior design.
Working with a professional interior designer has its benefits. In short, a trained design professional will:
- Save money by helping you avoid mistakes that need to be replaced or designed around in the future
- Save you time by “putting it all together” for you
- Educate you regarding other choices available
- Find creative solutions to your specific challenges by utilizing their knowledge of materials and best building practices
- Keep the project focused and pay attention to details, which results in a room that is “fabulous” not just “ok”
- Provide guidance and confidence to try something new and bolder than you would try without the assurance of their experience
- Provide access to items not available to the public, plus contractors and craftspeople that have been vetted and have a proven track record
- Reduce stress by providing project management
- Maximize your existing items and show you how to repurpose them
The end result? A well-designed space that is cohesive and meets your expectations. One where the details add to the whole without overwhelming it and there is balance and movement. When you walk in you feel good- more like you- in the space. This is your haven.
Can I buy just the design?
Typically, our clients hire us to manage all aspects of their project from start to finish, giving you access to our specialty vendors and high-quality subcontractors, thus making the entire process a snap.
Occasionally, we provide the overall design plan with drawings and clients implement it on their own. We are happy to discuss the options further if this sounds like a good fit for you.
Do I have to use your subcontractors?
We have spent years building a trusted network of contractors that are properly vetted, are reliable, professional and do great work.
We also know that many clients know such people themselves or have worked with people they like in the past. We are happy to coordinate with these subcontractors during the course of your project.
We even have a few homeowners that choose to do some of the work themselves.
Do I have to purchase from you?
Again, we have many resources for unique items and craftspeople that cannot be readily found on the retail market.
If you are more comfortable purchasing for yourself and not taking advantage of our purchasing services, that is fine. You assume all responsibility for verifying products and item numbers, placing, tracking, receiving, dealing with issues and installing these items.
What are your rates?
Our rates are competitive with other designers in the area that share our education and level of experience. When we work together, you are “buying” over 40 years of combined experience, which means you get the benefit of our knowledge, contacts, and time management expertise. After our complimentary initial meeting, we provide you with a proposal specific to your project for design time.
How do you bill?
We bill in a variety of ways depending on the project size.
For smaller projects, we bill hourly. For larger projects, the proposal will outline the scope of work and the design fees associated. For materials and furnishings, an estimate or proposal will be presented. Upon acceptance a deposit will be collected, and the order placed. Balances are due before or upon delivery. Details are clearly outlined in your Letter of Agreement.
How would you describe your style?
Our own personal style is irrelevant. We have created spaces in just about every style that is out there.
The goal of every project is to create a home that reflects who you are. We want to know more about your style, how you want to live and entertain, and how you want to feel in the space- not the current trends (unless, of course, that’s what you want).
A good portion of our first meeting are spent discerning your style. Some people have a hard time figuring this out, so we ask many detailed questions to help guide us in the right direction. We also welcome your inspirational pictures to help us understand you better. We know how to take your feedback and use our experience to select quality materials and products to best achieve your desired style.
How long will the process take?
This is unique to each project and client. At the initial meeting we’ll go over the budget and timeline in detail to ensure that everyone has realistic goals and expectations.
On average, we strive to return all phone calls and e-mails within 24 hours. Depending on what the project involves, you can expect to meet with us about every two weeks during the process.
Do you provide drawings?
Drawings are an amazing way to communicate ideas. We use a variety of drawings from hand sketches to 3D models as each project dictates. Often, we provide a full set of drawings for contractors to quote and build from. This provides our client with an economical option for one stop shopping for everything from construction to furnishings. We’re not an architectural firm and cannot provide stamped drawings. When these are necessary, we work with other professionals to help generate these plans.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we do- Go ahead get those miles!
Is it true that designers have access to furnishings not readily available to the public?
Absolutely! We are constantly scouring the world for one-of-a-kind items. It’s a passion of ours. We also visit the Denver Design District and annual trade shows often to get new, unique and hard- to- find items.