Working with an Interior Designer
While every project varies, DG Design Group LLC guarantees our 4 part process, from concept to completion, remains the same.
This way your design can be complicated, but the process does not have to be.
Step 1: Understand
Getting to know you
Our design partnership begins with a discovery phase to get to know more about you, your family & your project. As a design firm, we treat your home as a cohesive extension of the life you live & these details help us understand how to achieve the best solution for the life you want to live. We will email you a questionnaire & once we receive that back along with site pictures, we will follow up with an action call. During this call, we will discuss your project in further detail & answer any questions you may have. Upon the agreement that we are a good fit to work together, we will email you a welcome packet along with our letter of agreement & an invoice for retainer payment. Then we will set up an appointment to meet at your home. There is no need to schedule the cleaning lady, because we truly need to see how you live. We will ask lots of questions, so we recommend that all decision makers are present. We will discuss the function of the room, your visionary goals, desired design style, budget & timeline. We do recommend finding inspirational pictures, so we can visualize your goals. Cut pictures from a magazine, create a pinboard on Pinterest, create an Ideabook on Houzz…whatever is within your comfort level. It is our job to take your visions & turn them into a reality. We will set up a follow up appointment to take jobsite measurements & site pictures.
Step 2: Plan
Planning with Design Development
Once we understand the scope of the project, our creative juices begin to flow & we spend a few weeks bringing your vision to life on paper. There is lots of planning-sourcing inspirational images, researching products & specifications & meetings with our vendors of choice. We consolidate the thousands of available options & only select the best options that work within your project timeline, budget & aesthetics. We do our best to collect all available finish samples & bring them to your space, so you can view them under your lighting. We explore 3 different options to help guide you to further analyze your goals, then meet with you to present the exciting ideas. At this point, values, styles, timelines & project responsibilities will be further narrowed down.
Step 3: Design
Design concepts evolve to final details
After our initial presentation meeting, our design partnership continues as you clarify the best option you want to move forward with & we bring together the final details. This is the fun & organic stage of the design process that engages all of your senses by adding dimension, texture & color to your project. We develop detailed technical plans, elevations, color renderings & a product mood board. Additional meetings with tradespeople are necessary to determine the construction needs & boundaries of the project. We will meet again to review the final details & terms & conditions, such as costs, timeline & trade responsibilities. This is the commitment phase that requires serious decision making for the project to continue. Phase One requires construction elements to be reviewed, finalized & approved first prior to order placement. These include design drawings & hard material selections (flooring, stonework, cabinetry, countertops, electrical & plumbing fixtures, hardware, & paint colors). Any revisions need to be completed before order is placed. After the construction details are in production, Phase two continues to come together with the soft interior elements (furniture, area rugs, fabrics, window treatments, lamps, art & accessories). The process remains the same, as everything will need to be reviewed, finalized & approved prior to order placement.
Step 4: Execute
From purchasing & procurement to installation
This is the final stage where you can breathe a sigh of relief. You have approved invoices, signed contracts, paid deposits & now all the work is in the final stages of completion by our team. This is the administrative period of time that becomes quiet, so you may not hear from us, but we are busy in the background closely managing production schedules, verifying vendor orders, expediting shipping, communicating with our trades & delivery warehouse, etc. Anything that comes up that changes your order will be brought to your attention & resolved as needed. You will be supplied with a schedule & advised if any preparation is required on your part. All invoices must be paid for 100% in advance before an installation or delivery is scheduled. All the trade installations are completed first. Then we will be ready to deliver all of your furniture by white glove service. Artwork & accessories may be installed at a later date to complete your room transformation. And finally…you can sit back & relax & enjoy your new space…maybe even fall in love!
Why hire an interior designer?
As a large investment, your home should get the professional attention it deserves.