Learn more about our time-tested design process to get a feel for how a typical interior design project is handled.
1Initial Consultation: At the initial consultation, we will meet with you in your home to discuss the goals of the project. We will talk about your style, functions of the space, and other requirements. After this meeting, Design Inside will develop the initial estimate. The estimate will consist of a list of the required tasks and the time we expect will be needed for the completion of each task. From this early project plan, we will be able to give you an initial estimate for your project.
2Project Kick-off: After the project scope has been defined and the contracts have been signed, we can now start the design process for your project. Design Inside will start off by taking necessary measurements of the job site and an inventory of any existing furniture and accessories that will be used in the new design. We will also work to refine your design vision and the scope of your project, so that no detail is left out of the design.
3Design Development: Design Inside will work on the development of your new space. Now that we have a deeper understanding of your design tastes, we will create a complete design that includes the necessary floor plans, elevations, furniture selections, material samples, paint colors and sketches necessary to convey the design to you and any contractors that may be involved in the implementation of the design. Our goal is to give you enough information to understand what the space will look like and confidently make a decision about the direction of the design.
4Product Acquisition: After your final approval of the design, it is time to start the purchasing of materials. During this phase, necessary products and merchandise will be purchased by Design Inside, yourself, and any contractors that may be involved with your project.
5Implementation: Once the products and materials have been received and the team responsible for managing the implementation has been engaged, implementation/construction can begin. This may be as simple as arranging furniture and hanging artwork, or as complicated as building a new kitchen. It all depends on what type of project you have. Depending on your project size and scope, implementation may be completed by Design Inside, yourself or contractor(s), or any combination of the three.
6Management: Even before the dust starts to fly, management of the project is critical to keeping it on track and on budget. Depending on the size of the project, you may elect to manage the project yourself. However, most customers hire us to manage things. Design Inside may recommend establishing time lines and payment schedules to motivate the timely completion of your project. We may also help to review work of the contractors, painters, installers, and arrange delivery of furniture and other merchandise during the implementation phase, all in an effort to help things move along smoothly. During this phase, it is critical to keep an open-line of communication and to inspect the construction as it is progressing. We heavily utilize email, text messaging, cell-phone pics and phone calls to expedite communication and to maintain the timeliness of you project. Often times, weekly status meetings are required.
7Closeout: Once the dust has settled, the paint has dried, and the last piece of furniture has been moved into place, we will review the project to make sure that you are happy with the final result and come on site to take some photos of the completed project. Our goal is to make sure that we have met or exceeded your expectations and that you are happy with the look and feel of your new home.