Ok, so you have decided to tackle your design project. Now what? Start by doing your homework on the potential people you think you might like to work with. Since I have discussed this part of the process in past blogs, let's skip to the next phrase, and that is what you the client need to have to meet with a Designer or Company you have chosen to work with.
What should I bring to a first meeting? Where the meeting is is in your home or at a showroom?
- Pictures of spaces you like, this gives your Designer/Company a feel for your personal tastes and style. I find this gives me good insight on who you the clients are.
- Magazines are a good place to start.
- A few of my favorites -
- Kitchen Trends/ Bathroom Trends
- Signature Kitchen & Bath
- Kitchen & Bath Ideas
- Internet is another good source for photos, below are a few links to the publications above. For other photos use the images search option.
- A budget range. Now I know this is the most difficult subject to discuss, because there still in not allot of places to find out what a project should cost. But this is a subject that needs to be addressed for these reasons.
- The Designer /Company you decide to hire needs to have some idea where you want this to be.
- It doesn’t help to design a project then find out it's outside the reach.
- Give the Designer/Company a range if you’re not sure what the budget should be.
- A time frame on when you want this project to start and end. This important because some projects are easier at a certain time of year for some clients. These are just a few timing questions to ask.
- Trips- vacations
- School, kids
- Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter
- Availability of Designer/Company
- How long will project take from design to completion
- Meeting - Where are you meeting? How long will the first meeting be?
- If your hiring a Retail company- most have a showroom
- If you hiring an independent Designer they may not have a showroom.
Good Luck on your projects!
Angie Keyes CKD