Appropriate for individuals who have general questions or are looking for focused advice on a specific topic. Often success lies in making informed decisions throughout the design and construction process, therefore periodic consulting works well for many people.
A flat fee can be established for certain projects where the scope of work is clearly defined. On full service design projects, the fee may be established based upon a percent of the overall cost of construction.
On long-term projects that require continued advice on multiple facets of a project, a retainer fee acts as a deposit towards the hourly consulting work. At the onset, project goals are set, milestones identified, periodic meeting times penciled into our calendars. This contractual relationship allows work to be billed each month for work completed the previous month against the initial retainer.
A fee range for typical projects, such as kitchen pull and replace, can be discussed in an initial telephone meeting. At the first site visit, a design schedule is used to estimate the number of weeks and the tasks for each week by client and designer. This tool is helpful in determining probable fees and duration of the design portion of the project.
Re-purposing, rather than expanding the footprint:
Modifying under-utilized spaces in the house. For example: infill existing vaulted ceiling space to create new usable square footage on upper level.
Remodeling with resale value in mind:
Even though homeowners may have no intention of selling, they are making smart decisions to maximize their investment For example: personalizing with transitory items such as art and favorite paint colors rather than fixed investments such as cabinets countertops, or flooring.
Preserve the past:
Maintain your homes' original charm by re-using architectural products from the original building, salvage stores and garage sales.