Many people have never worked with a designer; therefore, someone new to the service doesn't always know what to expect. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at LGB Interiors:
Why should I hire an interior designer? I'm apprehensive, since I've never contracted one in the past.
Rule number 1: Don't be intimidated. Your home is your sanctuary. Not only is it the largest financial investment you'll probably ever make, but it's the haven where you should feel most comfortable. I'm a facilitator of visions. Most clients know what they want, but they simply don't know how to get there. That's my job!
What does an interior designer do, and how do you charge?
We provide as much or as little service as you want. For smaller projects — such as simple advice on colors or room arrangement — we charge a consultation fee. It's amazing what can be accomplished in an hour or two. For larger assignments, we work on a retainer, based on the scope of the project.
We're thinking about building a new home. What is your advice, and will you work with our builder?
Absolutely. If you're constructing a new home, it can be overwhelming. My advice to anyone is this: 1) Go into the project with a positive attitude; 2) have a game plan that you, your architect, builder and designer create; and 3) have a "best buddy" you can always contact. In most situations, that turns out to be me, since I'm familiar with working with these building professionals.
Specifically, how do you coordinate with the contractors and sub-contractors?
I've assembled a list of reputable, reasonable and reliable vendors who provide their expertise in lighting; interior and exterior paint; kitchen/bath layout and design; finishes; and other design elements. Together the client and I choose who we'll need and when. You may even interview a prospective craftsperson to determine if you feel comfortable with that individual.
Will you travel?
We provide as much or as little service as you want. For smaller projects — such as simple advice on colors or room arrangement — we charge a consultation fee of $90 per hour. It's amazing what can be accomplished in an hour or two. For larger assignments, we work on a retainer, based on the scope of the project.
Do you take on small projects — such as one or two rooms?
Yes. I usually take on approximately 20-plus of these assignments each year. My clients always are amazed at what a difference a redesign of a few rooms can make to the livability of the entire home.
What about specific features, such as window treatments, wall coverings or paint selections? Will you take on these types of projects, and how do you charge?
With projects like these, I usually go with an hourly fee because it's not a huge investment of time. In my opinion, changing color in a room is the most dramatic transformation of any other update.
We moved into our house, and I made a total mess of decorating. Help!
I've heard this so many times. But don't worry; we can redo the "mess" and focus on correcting what makes you so disappointed. Just give me a call or email. You'll really be happy you did.