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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Why should I hire an Interior Designer?

    A: A professional Interior Designer knows how to work with you to design a beautiful space that will reflect your needs and personal style and interests. In addition, the Interior designer's resources, knowledge and experience will help you to save time and money and alleviate the stresses that often accompany remodeling and renovation.

  • Q: When should I contact a designer?

    A: Your designer can help you from the very beginning of the planning stage of designing, through the completion of the construction and decoration. By involving an experienced certified designer at the beginning you will have more specific information to take to a contractor. This helps the contractor or the product suppliers to provide a more accurate cost estimate or bid.

  • Q: How do you work?

    A: By Design ltd. is a full service design firm who will customize the work scope to your project. Generally, we begin a project with getting to know your desires and goals. We then start with photographs and on-site measurements, followed by design concepts and scaled drawings. After taking into consideration everything we have spent discussing with you, we then prepare and present a comprehensive proposal to meet those needs, which can include the purchase of products and materials. Since we bring our knowledge and value to your project, it is a well rewarded investment you are making!

  • Q: Can an Interior Designer provide plans if I want to remove walls or add on to your house?

    A: A professional designer will help put together the right team of professionals to execute your project. Developing the design direction is the first step. From there your designer will recommend if other professionals will need to provide any relevant documents. If you are removing interior walls, a structural engineer will be consulted. If you are adding onto the house an engineer or an architect may be brought in for a portion of the plans. In either case your professional designer can help determine the best course of action.

  • Q: What is the difference between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator?

    A: "An Interior Designer is a professional that has had a formal education, and is concerned with designing functional and aesthetic interior spaces which address the flow of the space and serve the health, safety, and welfare of the public"- NCIDG.org. A decorator, specializes in the decorative elements of a space only. An education in the profession is not required, and decorators do not have the technical training the designer undergoes. An experienced designer also has knowledge of construction and current building codes. What's the bottom line? A technically trained and certified designer provides a more comprehensive service, including detailed plans and specifications which maybe required for permits, and can be utilized for bid comparison. Addressing the decorative elements are naturally inclusive in the Designers ability.

  • Q: Do you charge for our first meeting

    A: Yes, usually the first meeting is in our office to review your project, and where you the client, receives valuable initial first thoughts and feedback. It is also an opportunity for both parties to meet, and evaluate the scope of the work, review the Designer's portfolio for your consideration , and discuss our services and compensation.

  • Q: How do you charge for your services?

    A: Every project is different and design fees are based on the unique needs of each individual client and project. Depending on the project, we charge either a Value Based Flat Fee, or we have an hourly designer rate. We also charge a mark-up on products when purchased through our accounts, many of which are trade only.

  • Q: Do I have to use a Designer's services for everything, or just as needed?

    A: Every Designer works differently. We are happy to work with you as a consultant and you can either use By Design ltd. for the entire process or simply for consulting and advice, allowing you to make your own purchases.

  • Q: Does By Design ltd.work with any particular style(s)?

    A: We work with many different styles, or are able to guide each client within their own personal style and taste.

  • Q: Why do I need an Interior Designer if I already have an Architect?

    A: Architects and Interior Designers area of expertise are different. Architects work with structure and building design, and do not focus on details of interiors. kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry and built-ins, color schemes, flooring specifications, and wall and window treatments fall within the Interior Designer's realm. Designers can create a master plan for the interior of your entire home or office, which can be implemented all at once or in stages, as your budget allows.

  • Q: Can you do my space over the weekend like I see on the television shows?

    A: Design-related television shows are for entertainment purposes only and do not portray the real business world of Interior Design. There is a considerable amount of time and energy that goes into each project that is unseen, from researching products and materials, to developing resources, to fine-tuning the design itself, with you, the client.

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