Frequently asked interior design questions
HOW MUCH DOES A DESIGN COST?
We design according to your requirements. Allow £750.00 + VAT for a fully comprehensive room design. Larger, dual-function or structural room designs, for example a kitchen/family room including a survey and 3D room visuals will be more expensive. A simple room update may be less. It all depends on the project overall.
AT WHAT STAGE DO I GET YOU INVOLVED?
As soon as possible! Architects and builders do not always consider the interior specifications fully. Ideally plans should be looked at thoroughly before work begins. We have often had to move radiators, door openings, lights, switches, built-in furniture/storage even in ‘new homes’ to make the best possible use of space. We may even suggest a different style of fireplace or internal door. It is best to consider everything structurally before even thinking about colours to avoid any compromise or extra costs later.
WHAT'S THE PROCESS?
We start with a ‘free of charge’, no-obligation visit to judge the scale the project, understand what’s involved and then provide a design estimate. When approved, Elaine will visit to take a detailed brief, along with reference photographs and appropriate room sizes. We then design the scheme(s) to suit your tastes, requirements and budget. You should allow 2 – 3 weeks before we complete and present with appropriate sample swatches and references. We could then provide you with detailed estimates for all, or part of the work. Every client’s needs are different, so please get in touch to discuss your project.
DO YOU OFFER A DESIGN ONLY SERVICE?
Yes. We understand that some clients prefer to do part or all of the works themselves, they just want a design direction and plans to show the builders! We could provide everything you need, so you can take over.
HOW LONG DO WORKS TAKE?
This can vary enormously depending on the scope of works, but to give you some idea, the design could take 2 – 3 weeks from the briefing meeting, this allows us time to come up with the best ideas and order samples etc. Estimating the actual works could take another 2 weeks. Completing soft furnishings and surface decorations could take 4-8 weeks. Allow 8-16 weeks for bespoke furniture deliveries.
WHAT AREA DO YOU COVER?
The main area we work in for practical project management once works start is the South Coast; Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Surrey. However we’re happy to travel further for just our design services. We offer a no-obligation first meeting ‘within’ an hour of Southampton. Further afield is possible but we would then charge for our time and travel expenses.
YOUR PORTFOLIO IS GREAT, BUT MY HOUSE IS A DIFFERENT STYLE?
These portfolio pictures are just a ‘selection’ of some of the work we’ve designed and completed over the years. From period country homes to urban minimalist apartments, Elaine has designed many difficult and unusual rooms, including the jockies weighing room at Sandown race course, a double decker bus interior for a youth charity, The Saints players chill-out lounge, a modern open-plan family house in South Africa, a low-budget guest lodge in France and many, many more. I think we can safely say we are versatile and can adapt to your style.
CAN YOU WORK WITH MY EXISTING FURNITURE?
Yes. We are asked to work with pieces of furniture that are from a previous home. Sometimes this sets the style of the new interior. We can help by providing a scheme that coordinates some or all of the elements. Occasionally, if the new property really is quite different from where the furniture has come from, we could offer ideas on new pieces so they could be changed when funds allow, or possibly suggest small changes and updates to bring the old furniture up-to-date.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T LIKE THE DESIGN?
During the initial meeting and subsequent briefing session, we discuss your ideas thoroughly - this is one of the most important aspects of a personalised design. Don’t worry if you are not sure what you want, that’s why you’ve asked for help. Elaine asks questions to draw out a brief. Many clients find it useful to show us a look/style from magazines or reference a favourite visited location. Remember the more information you give, the closer your design will be to your taste. We would provide alternatives to a particular item presented should it be necessary, but we have NEVER had to re design a room!