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Question:

What is the difference between an Interior Designer, Architect or an Interior Decorator?

Answer:

An Interior Designer designs more than just materials, fabrics and finishes like an Interior Decorator and doesn't design entire buildings like an Architect. An Interior designer is a multi-faceted professional who designs solutions within structures to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive. These solutions may include the construction and/or relocation of non-structural walls, ceilings and other interior elements that go beyond just the selection of colors and finishes.

Question:

How do you determine the fees for your services?

Answer:

My basic format for determing fees is to calculate a design fee based on an agreed-upon scope of services at the time the client wants to go forward with the project. In addition to the design fees, a mark-up is also charged on the wholesale cost of materials used for the project. Contractors such as the cabinet maker, tile layer, electrician, plumber, etc. are referred by, but not hired by the interior designer.

All reimbursable expenses such as blueprinting, delivery, etc., are billed at cost plus a reasonable markup for handling. Detailed backup is provided with each reimbursable invoice.

Question:

What's the best way to get started? What's the first step?

Answer:

The very first step for any project is information gathering. What are your needs? How can they be achieved? What is your budget and time frame? You need to share everything you know about the project to best understand its unique challenges.

It is also important to meet you and get to know a little bit about you: How familiar are you with the process? Have you ever hired an Interior Designer before? What is driving your schedule? What's the best way to communicate with each other, etc., etc. The design process can be exhilarating, but it can also be frustrating if you start off on the wrong foot with unrealistic expectations, so laying the ground-rules for the workign relationship up-front is very important.