We want to create beautiful and functional spaces for you. In an effort to do this, we advise our clients to develop a visual reference or a file of images or items that capture the feeling, colours, textures and functionality of what you’re trying to achieve. There are numerous sources from which you can draw inspiration such as art, travel, books and fashion. The more focused and meaningful images you show us, the easier it will be for our team to understand your preferences. This is really an area to enjoy – so have fun compiling your reference file and it will prove more valuable.
The next item that you must be prepared to discuss is your project budget. In short, what is the maximum amount you are willing to invest into your space? Rather than approach your project from a standpoint of how much you think it will cost, we have found it more effective to give thoughtful consideration to what you’re comfortable investing in your project. One of the best ways to arrive at a budget is considering some of your favourite stores; pieces and; their prices and then; your comfortable expenditure on those items.
Once you have determined your project budget, we’ll work with you to determine how your money should be allocated as far as interior finishes, fixtures, furnishings, labour, etc., as well as offer suggestions on how to maximize your budget while producing an excellent result.
Not disclosing your project budget from the beginning will only lead to an increase in delays in job completion, as well as create frustration as your designer may spend hours designing something beautiful, shopping for a unique piece of furniture, or bringing in qualified sub-contractors to bid work, only to be informed that it’s not within your budget and that re-selections need to be made which results in higher professional design fees. We have also found that when a budget is not disclosed initially, designers often work as-if on a retainer basis without being hired to do so.
Solidify a budget you’re comfortable with before your initial consultation and you’ll feel in control of the process, save time and money and assist us in working more effectively.