Paradigm Interiors will take you beyond a beautiful home that you love. We’ll help you create a home that loves you back. Our expertise in and knowledge of creating functional spaces that will look good and support your lifestyle for years to come.
At Paradigm Interiors we use a streamlined project management process. This process has proven to be the best way for us to lead your design project. From our first meeting we begin to build an overall concept for your home and work from that initial big idea to create a timeless custom design just for you and your family.
You can review our full process on your contract and in your welcome packet.
Typically, our introductory communication is a 15-30 minute phone conversation to determine if Paradigm Interiors is a good fit for you and your family. On the phone call, together we will discuss the type of service that would be right for your project and set up the initial consultation.
During the consultation we will review your design needs and goals, give you some initial ideas for your project, and help you start planning your budget for the project. At the conclusion of the consultation we will review the contract and you will pay a deposit for the work to begin. While we may measure some focused areas for the consultation report, we do not complete all of the measurements during this visit.
After the initial consultation, we will schedule a trade day. This is where we meet with any trades that will be needed to complete the project. We will also take thorough measurements of all of the spaces we are contracted to design.
Once trade day is completed we enter the design phase of the project. During this phase we will put together a design plan and a proposal for you. Then entire process can take several weeks to complete.
Paradigm Interiors maintains industry competitive design fees, billed at an hourly rate or as a flat fee. Hourly billing means you are charged an hourly fee for the time it takes to complete your project. A Flat Fee arrangement means you are billed one flat fee for the design phase of the job. However, the project management portion is billed hourly.
Design fees do not include the cost of goods sold to the client, the cost of trade work, styling services, delivery fees, or state sales tax on goods.
Because of our experience on multiple projects we have learned that the amount of time it takes to create a design, obtain estimates for trade day, and make necessary revisions is very predictable.
Project management can be very complicated. The time required to manage a project can vary from project to project.
I maintain excellent relationships with some of the most talented local professionals. I have vetted these professionals and I love working with them on every project that I possibly can. However, if you prefer to work with your own contractors, I am open to collaborating with them as well.
Beyond design fees what kind of investment should I plan to make on furniture, fixtures, accessories, and equipment?
What a great question about your design budget! I think it is so important to talk about how much you should invest in this project right off the bat! A lot of people have never completely furnished a room in one sitting, so they don’t have any experience in estimating the cost, which leads to sticker shock and awkward conversations.
Lucky for you, I have a furniture pricing worksheet that you can download. This will help you get a general idea of the cost of furnishing a room. However, you will note that this does NOT include many accessories, the cost of items like paint or wallpaper, the cost of trade labor, or the design fees.
This also will not help you figure out a budget for a kitchen or bath project. My best advice is completely ignore any budget you ever saw on HGTV. You can go to Houzz and search kitchen and projects in your area, which were done by designers and get some idea. You might also try googling “high-end kitchen/bath remodel cost”.
Yes, there, I said it. High-end.
If you are working with an interior designer you have just “upped your game”. Meaning, you are not looking for an average outcome for your project. You have taken the time to consult with a professional who will give you a superior experience and a superior design. You are not going to be looking at the average cost of a remodeling project because your project will be above average.
Yes, I can create a design using existing furniture and I enjoy doing that. High quality pieces and antiques are made to be treasured. We can determine I work with an excellent craftspeople who can reupholster and/or refinish your existing furniture.
This is a great question and it comes up a lot. We do not offer a design service like this. I know designers who do and for a brief period of time I did offer this type of service, but in the end it was not very satisfying for the client.
At the end of the day, my goal is to provide my clients with the highest quality, the best service, and the most positive experience possible. Part of offering the highest quality is being able to create a concept for your home and work from that concept to specify all of the furniture, finishes, equipment, and accessories that will bring the concept to life.
Part of my design process is to look at your design problems from the big picture and find solutions that address the big picture. The details of the project are filled in as part of the big picture plan. Working from the big picture to the smaller details takes a lot of time and planning.
Items like an individual piece of furniture or a lighting fixture or a single finish for a bathroom project are details. Without knowing the big picture of the project I can’t guarantee that the item will actually work in your project. It also sets us up for mistakes. For example, if I tell you that a particular piece of lighting would look great, but the fixture is in the wrong location or if you’re ceilings are too low to accommodate the size of the piece, then you will be unhappy with the end result, and thus be unhappy with me. Using the tried and true 14-step process is the only way to mitigate this type of error.
This is a sister question to the one above and I really appreciate this question because I love designer-client collaboration. I use a collaborative process to create beautiful spaces for your home. At the beginning of the process I have you take a style quiz and we may collaborate through a private Pinterest board prior to starting the design phase of the project. It’s a great opportunity for me to see what gets you excited about interior design!
While I encourage collaboration, I may not decide to use an item that you show me in the final design. Why not? There are several reasons:
- I may find something better. When I work on your concept and design plan I scout dozens of sources for you. Many of them are “to the trade” sources that you may not be able to search! So, I may end up finding something even better for your space that is also of higher quality.
- I don’t know the quality of that item. I only like to specify furniture, finishes, equipment, and accessories that I feel good about. Quite often, online discount vendors have deceptive photos and have little or no information of the quality of the item. Frequently, the quality is very poor. Suffice it to say, if I don’t know the vendor, I probably won’t specify it.
- It may not work in the context of the design plan. Remember, I’ve got the big picture. I’m looking at all the details. You can trust that the items I specify will look great together.
Plus, you’re paying me to do the hard work! The goal is for me to take some of the work off of your plate! By the time I am busy specifying pieces for your design plan, you shouldn’t really be shopping for the space.