The Simply Stated Interiors EXPERIENCE
At Simply Stated Interiors, our goal is to make the design-build process an enjoyable one. Experience has shown us that sharing our knowledge of standard procedures helps clients feel comfortable for the duration of the project.
There are 14 steps divided into 3 phases:
Phase 1: The Project Initiation Phase
Phase 2: The Research, Design and Presentation Phase
Phase 3: The Project Management Phase
So, let’s start at the beginning…
STEPS 1 & 2: The Discovery Call and Design Consultation
STEP 1: DISCOVERY CALL AND DESIGN CONSULTATION
This step is made up of a few separate parts. I always start the design process with a complementary Discovery Call. The Discovery Call is a 20-minute phone consultation and gives you and I an opportunity to discuss your project needs. This can be scheduled right on my website.
After the Discovery call, an in-person Design Consultation visit is scheduled. There is a fee for this 90-minute consultation, and the time is used to achieve a variety of goals: to discuss ideas for a potential space, color consultations, space planning, remodel planning, etc. We may discuss ideas for one room or your whole house.
This in-person visit is a great way for you and I to develop a fun working relationship and for me to see the potential project first hand. I’d strongly encourage you have a list of questions written up ahead of time, so we don’t miss anything that’s on your mind. At the end of the consultation, I have a much better idea about the project requirements, you and I have had an opportunity to get to know each other much better, and the discussion about moving forward to Step 2 (officially retaining SSI’s services) is discussed.
STEP 2: CONTRACT, RETAINER AND PROJECT COMMENCEMENT
Both personally and professionally, I need order and organization in my life. Without it, chaos will ensue. Granted, order and organization doesn’t always keep chaos at bay, but it sure is better than shooting from the hip. (I actually know. I’ve shot a rifle from the hip and, in my experience, there’s way less control in that shot.)
As we move into the second step of the Project Initiation Phase - Contract, Retainer and Project Commencement - we determine that the project is a good fit for both of us, and the client would like to proceed in working with me. I provide the homeowner with a Design Contract, which identifies the scope of work that will be developed, and a retainer is collected.
The Retainer is a flat fee that is based on the scope of the project. The retainer covers future meetings, correspondence and consults with everyone involved in the project (the homeowner, tradespeople, vendors, etc.) in order to determine the design layout, aesthetic and budget. It’s a time-based and time-intensive process and is absolutely necessary to ensure the end result is exactly what the homeowner wants for their new space.
Step 2 is required because it paves the way for Project Commencement, and to move into PHASE 2 of the SSI Experience, the Research, Design and Presentation Phase.