So How Does This All Work?
The number one common question I get asked by clients either over the phone or in our initial consult is "So how does it work?" So I thought I would kick off my first blog talking about the Design Process and How We Work. Keep in mind that this is just a guide, most designers have their own process and they all vary slightly and each project is different.
I like to describe the Design Process in Steps (you can also find a condensed version on my website under the Services tab as Design Process - go figure ;). Each project will probably have its own version of these steps so if it doesnt sound like its a perfect match, dont worry! This is construction after all.
Design Process - How We Work
Step 1: Start out by filling out our contact form or just giving us a call or email. We will get back to you and set up an initial consultation. During our first call we will also let you know how to prepare for the initial consultation; such as the info to have ready and maybe a little bit of homework on your end-dont worry youre not getting graded on it and I promise it will be fun.
Step 2: We will start with an in-person initial consultation where we discuss the scope of project, budget, your style, and timeline. We prefer to do this onsite (if possible) to get a real feel for the project. Obviously if it is a new construction project there is not site so in that case we will have you come to our showroom in Sacramento or we can come to your home; you’re calling the shots.
Step 3: We will send over a proposal with service costs and details. Once you have signed on, we are ready to get started!!
Step 4: This step is all about you! We will get together and talk about your style, likes, and dislikes, function of the space, lifestyle and must-haves (those items you are NOT willing to compromise on). We will also come up with a wishlist of your dream space. And please dont be shy; the more we know the better. This is a great time to go over that Pinterest board you have been building or any other "design scrapbook" you have going!
Step 5: Here comes the fun! After getting to know you, we will put together Design Concept Boards. These will communicate the concept and feel of the project. This is also the time when we would send over any layout drawings if that is needed as well.
Step 6: After we find a concept you LOVE, its time to get serious (j/k, this is our fave part). This step initiates the finishes selections. We will handle every detail from countertops to doors and everything in between. We work 2 ways - Your pick: 1. We can go shopping together and select our materials in person together (because who doesnt love a shopping buddy) 2. I will collect samples and present them to you either at the job site or our showroom depending on job site access. Most of the time I like to bring around 3 options for each category based off the design board you chose.
Step 7: Once our finishes are finalized, time to get this construction party started! We will set up meetings with our go-to contractor and tradespeople. But of course, if you have your own go-tos, we are happy to work with them as well. You will sign contracts with them and we will get to work managing the project from start to finish. We will be in charge of communication with the contractor and tradespeople and schedule all installs. We take care of product ordering, spec sheets (including tile layout diagrams), and inspect job site after every stage of construction. All tradespeople and contractors we work with are licensed, insured, and have the Shade Black stamp of approval.
Step 8: Once your project is about 3-4 months from completion (which for some is right when we start), we will present the furniture and accessories for the project, get your approval, and get it ordered.
Step 9: INSTALL DAY!!! Need I say more? This is where all your hard work pays off. We will be installing the furniture and/or all the finishing touches. Then you get to see your space transformed and all your visions and dreams come alive.