Interior Design Explained: Installation
This post is part of a series breaking down my design process and what it's like to work on a project together.
Be sure to catch up with all the posts;
- Initial In-Home Consultations
- Interior Design Presentations
- Floorplans and the Construction Documentation
- Shipping and Installation (*you are here*)
To wrap things up for this little series- this post is short and sweet. Once my clients sign off on items they approve of we start moving from the construction document phase into the procurement phase where I can begin ordering furniture for my clients.
How Does it Work?
Before installation begins, all approved furniture and decor must be ordered. This occurs after clients sign off on items they approve for their design. I never purchase or install items in a clients home they haven't already signed off on. Creating this paper trail of approved items helps me make sure nothing gets overlooked and helps my clients see exactly where their money is going. From there, I work with chosen vendors and place orders to ship furniture and decor. Any custom peices are crafted specifically for the client's project. All furnishings and accessories are ordered and shipped- I work with a receiver to hold and inspect all items for damage until everything has arrived, all construction is completed, and we are ready for install.
For projects that involve construction and additional contractors, I work on behalf of my client to ensure we stay within the proposed budget as well as stick to the the design intent. After all construction is completed in the space being redesigned, I like to do one big install of all furniture and accessories. This cuts down on time and labor as well as helps me make adjustments as needed on the spot.
On install day I work with a small crew to help bring my client's design to life. This is a long day and there is a lot of stuff happening. In order for things to run smoothly I ask my clients to do a bit of prep work before hand. This is anything from light cleaning to decluttering and organization. Once everything is installed, we will go over information that will help clients keep up with any maintenance that needs to be done (cleaning, care, repairs, etc.) Following a project, it's time to celebrate the space!
Having Realistic Expectations
In the last four blog posts, I've laid out a pretty picture perfect look at how my overall design process works. I think it's important to note that while all of my projects will follow this layout, the timeline and budget to complete them is unique to each project and family that I work with. Starting each project, I like to share the following piece of advice with my clients.
All phases of the design process have their challenges and can leave you with plenty of mixed emotions until you see your design fully realized. When beginning a project, it's important to set realistic expectations for yourself, your budget, and your sanity. RE: What you see on HGTV likely isn't how your project is going to go. The idea is wonderful in theory, but remind yourself that the picture-perfect projects carried out on TV are just that- made for TV and to entertain the glamorous parts of design. Yes, we will play with paint swatches and fabrics and there is a bit of a "reveal" day. But we will also cover budget and paperwork in depth, something no TV show crew would want to film. Realistically, a design project can take anywhere from 3 months to over a year depending on the size of the project. This is something that is hard to picture on a TV show that is only 30-minutes long. I am 100% for my clients being design enthusiasts, but I do like my clients to know the difference between what they see on TV and how it works it real life or "human-time." In human-time, designs take a couple weeks to solidify. In human-time, a design may need to be reworked and revised to the clients liking. In human-time, a design may need to be reworked again because the electrician pointed out that a certain type of lighting the client loved won't work in that space. In human-time, the piece a client has their heart set on might sell out or arrive broken. By preparing my clients to expect that these things can happen, it's not as much of a shock when they do.
What about E-Design?
Shipping and Installing is a whole different ballgame when it comes to my e-design clients, and probably the phase that is the most different between my local and online design services. I will be going into detail about this next week. Stay tuned (you can subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of the page if you would like to be notified.)