| . What should I expect at our first meeting? [Answer]
The first meeting is an opportunity for us meet you, evaluate your project goals, gather information about the scope of your project, show you our portfolio, ask questions to gain understanding and make sure we're a good fit for you and further discuss any questions you may have about us or the process. Some people like to show us photos, magazine clippings, a Houzz ideabook, or any other forms of inspiration as we talk through what they are envisioning.
. How do you charge for your services? [Answer]
The first meeting is complimentary and is how we gather information for our Letter of Agreement (LOA). Before we begin any project we put together a LOA which outlines the complete project scope and estimated amount of design time to accomplish that scope. We multiply that amount of time by our hourly fee to arrive at the retainer amount we collect for our design services.
. Why do you have a Letter of Agreement and a retainer fee? Can't this be included within my
overall budget? [Answer]
The LOA ensures that the design services we will be providing are clearly outlined so you know exactly what you are getting and what you are paying for. This is kept separate from the product and material portion of the budget. This is because we work with a variety of budgets, so charging separately for our design services lets us focus on coming up with the best design solution possible. We tell you how much it will cost to develop the design, and then we work within your budget to execute that design.
. Is purchasing items through a designer more expensive than finding items on my own? [Answer]
Not always. We sell products from our trade resources which is in many cases lower than standard retail pricing. It is important to remember that the price of something is based on quality of materials, where and how the product is made, shipping and delivery cost, etc. As designers with industry experience, we have come to believe that cost is a direct reflection of quality and manufacturing. Higher quality pieces that are made locally with more consideration for the environment will cost more. We use our knowledge and resources to suggest pieces that balance budget and quality so you can feel confident about your purchase.
. What does lower level build-outs and finishing mean? [Answer]
Che Bella Interiors will design concepts and plans to transform unfinished spaces into fully functioning, livable spaces within your home. We work with our trade partners to ensure every detail is completed to your expectations. Lower Level build-outs essentially means finishing your basement
. What does the service interior & exterior finish and fixture selections mean? [Answer]
This is assisting you with identifying any of the following materials for your new home or remodel project; paint, flooring materials, cabinet design, countertops, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, door hardware, stone, tile, carpeting, etc. We help you make selections so that all materials and finishes work together to create a cohesive design throughout.
. What does project management mean as it relates to my design project? [Answer]
Che Bella Interiors can manage the implementation of the design details of your project. Thisincludes making the project schedule, coordinating tradesmen, ordering products, checking on shipping and deliveries, meeting onsite for any questions or explaining details, and all of the office work that makes the project come to completion. Having us manage your project ensures that all design aspects are properly completed and the end result is exactly what you are envisioning.
. Does Che Bella Interiors work with any particular style(s)? [Answer]
We work within many different styles and encourage clients to follow their own signature personality instead of sticking to one rigid style. Although styles vary, the common thread through all our projects is a clean, uncluttered look with personal touches that reflect the individual client.
. Why do I need an Interior Designer if I already have an Architect? [Answer]
Architects and Interior Designers work very differently. Most Architects work with structure and building design and prefer not to work with details of interiors, such as kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry and built-ins, color schemes, flooring specifications, and wall and window treatments. However, these design elements are critical to the overall look and feel of your space. For example, how do you decide size or orientation of a space if you don't consider the furniture that will be used within. We have heard from clients all too often that they wish they would have considered something 'after the fact' when designing their new home. Interior designers add an important point of view and design perspective that can help you make the most of your overall structural or building design choices. The ideal design team consists of both an Architect and an Interior Designer in order to cover all aspects of your spaces.
. What is the difference between an interior designer and a decorator? [Answer]
A decorator is someone who deals only with the aesthetics of a space-furnishings and decorations that make the space look attractive. Interior designers use formal education to create a functional interior space for the intended user. This includes researching and understanding the
behaviors of the client, adhering to safety code requirements, supporting the occupant's culture, and creating an overall design that benefits the occupant's quality of life. Designers integrate their formal education of these elements into a creative solution that meets the needs of the client. Many states have laws requiring designers to document their formal education whereas decorators require no formal education or training.