Garrison was recently published in The Ultimate Homeowner’s Guide: Tips for Maintaining Peak Market Value for Your Home from Industry Professionals (Volume 2) where author Andrew J. Lail asked Garrison a handful of questions from the client’s perspective. One particular question Lail asked was one that we’re asked time and time again.
What Can You Expect From An Interior Designer:How does your firm work?
In other words, how does the entire design process, from start to finish, work after hiring Garrison Hullinger Interior Design?
Today I’d like to share an excerpt from chapter 7 of The Ultimate Homeowner’s Guide with you, where Garrison outlines the design process.
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How does the entire process work, from start to finish, after hiring an Interior Designer?
After collecting information from the client, we will formulate a design plan and estimate costs. If necessary we will use computer-aided drafting (CAD) software based upon the needs of the project (e.g., custom cabinets or furniture), which provides more detail and easier corrections than sketches made by hand. Upon completing the design plan, I will present it to the client and make revisions based on the client’s input.
When the design concept is finalized, the project will be assigned to an associate designer and they will begin specifying the materials, finishes, and furnishings required, such as furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering, accessories and artwork. The handling of your project is never out of sight of the principal designer, as I will work closely with the associate designer. You can expect to work with me the first third of the project during discovery and then periodically throughout the duration of your project.
Depending on the complexity of the project, the designer also might submit drawings for approval to the client and/or general contractor to ensure that the design meets the client’s needs and also meets building codes. If a project requires structural work, the designer works with an architect or engineer for that part of the project. Most designs also require the hiring of contractors to do technical work such as lighting, plumbing, and painting.
Finally, the designer develops a timeline for the project, coordinates contractor work schedules, and will make sure work is completed on time. The designer, together with the client, visit the site as the project progresses. The designer oversees the installation of the design elements through to the completion of the project.
Out of state site visits are determined on a project by project basis. We prefer to visit the site at least once prior to the final install and will be on site for the final furniture and accessory placement. -Garrison Hullinger