6 Months And Counting...
It’s July! The temps are hot, the pool is cool, and you are rocking your tan. NICE!
I’m the first one to avoid looking too far into the future, especially when summer is the shortest season we see in Wisconsin. But when it comes to remodeling, planning ahead becomes a necessary evil. So, with that being said, let’s talk about the upcoming holidays, shall we?
Major remodeling projects can easily take several weeks to several months, depending on the size and scope of your project. From the preliminary design work through the last nail being hammered, we could be talking 3-6 months from start to finish.
I can tell you with confidence that most contractors are already booking their schedules into the fall. So, if you have thoughts about remodeling a space this fall in anticipation of a house full of friends, family, food, and libations, then we need to start talking soon!!
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. Over the next few blog posts, I’d like to share with you how we work.
There are 14 steps divided into 3 phases:
1. The Project Initiation Phase
2. The Research, Design and Presentation Phase
3. The Project Management Phase
So, let’s start at the beginning…
STEPS 1 & 2: THE 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 3 (officially retaining SSI’s services) is discussed.