If I have the time, money, and the taste, why do I need an interior designer?
Consider this: Whether you're planning new offices or renovating your old homes, the investment is considerable. Wrong decisions could leave you with expensive mistakes long after the project is completed. A skilled professional with the requisite qualifications, resources and expertise will ensure that the job is done right, within the budget, and on time.
We add value: We'll shed light on new ideas, better ways of doing things, and ways to save money. We'll address issues you never even thought of. Your office and home spaces will be ready on time and within the budget, will look great, and function well.
Good design: We provide you with a variety of choices throughout the design process that assure you that your new space will reflect your unique personality, and not a standard.
Is it true that a designer's influence leads to an increase in the project cost?
With years of specialized education and training, coupled with practical experience in the field, interior designers are capable of bringing the construction costs down considerably. Most importantly, they can guarantee you value for money. Design solutions that ensure minimum wastage, assisting clients to get discounts from suppliers, and eliminating overcharging in the contractors' bills, contribute largely towards achieving this.
What is the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer?
An interior designer is a trained professional who creates and designs interior spaces which are aesthetically attractive and functional. The spaces look well knit and conform to a theme or an idea. An interior decorator, on the other hand, views interior design with a largely cosmetic approach using decorative elements to merely rearrange existing spaces. These could be adding paintings, plants and artifacts along with some outsourced pieces of furniture. An interior architect takes design to yet another level of consciousness. Even the doors and windows are designed and placed keeping in mind the desired resultant flow of people in the given space.
When should a designer be consulted in a project?
As soon as possible: The ideal time should be during the planning stage, that is, before the actual construction of the building. Consider creating the door and window openings as per the desired layout of the bed, the wardrobe, and the chairs, rather than trying to ill-fit the bed in an existing small bedroom with fixed movement areas. This additionally saves upon money involved in making structural changes at a later date.
How early can we start work-at-site from the day of commissioning the designer?
It is in the interest of all to let the designer freeze the most of the paper work, identify the materials to be used, as much as the respective contractors, before starting the actual site work. It is better than trying to hurry up initially and then increasing upon the costs due to subsequent delays in work and breakages due to the ever-changing layout designs.
How long will it take for the project to complete?
Completion of the project depends upon various factors like the scope of work, complexity of the design, your own ability to take decisions using choices provided by the designer, the level of planning done before the actual construction, time at your disposal, and the flow of money allocated for the project.
How can the designer help me in procurement of the material?
Material procurement is something that we can leave to our clients. However, if desired, we can assist the client in procuring quality material at the best possible price. Either way, we operate strictly on a fee-to-service basis and pass on all professional discounts and commissions to our clients, therefore protecting the clients' interests at all times.
How does the designer go about the design fees and the initial consultations?
At a initial retention fee, which is adjusted in the actual project fee amount later, we take up the site measurement, come up with options for the basic plan, which are based on the client's wish and are in sync with a conceptual look and feel in place. We then hold initial brainstorming meetings with the client so as to enable ourselves to know each other better. This also helps us quantify the project, and thus arrive at the final estimated cost. Our fee is generally an amount decided by us in lump sum rather than a percentage, so as to avoid any kind of influence on the total project cost. We now also offer hourly consulting—an economical way to get design ideas, second opinions and technical guidance on anything that comes to your mind or is on your wishlist.
Can the cost be determined before the beginning of the project?
Certainly. There are two ways of achieving this. We've developed our own hands-on system to take the guesswork out of interior design budgeting. Using a systematic approach, once the layout plan is finalized, all the items of work (that is, from your wishlist) are clearly specified, quantified, and budgeted. Prior to the starting of the project, we provide the client a final cost estimate. In case it is established that cost-cutting is a pre-requisite, we will review the entire plan once again, scanning it for "fat" elements which can be designed in another way that is less expensive, and will not destroy the integrity of the look that we have taken time and care to create. In a limited budget scenario, we can always work backwards and create the best possible design solution within the given cost. We are always sensitive to our clients' budgets.
Do you incorporate Vastu Shastra in your designs?
Having two separate sciences involved in making the same plan leaves it vulnerable to misinterpretation, confusion and conflict in the design scheme, which has taken months to fine-tune to the client's functional requirement. This may result in a serious lack of "connection" to your project as well as a severe compromise in the functionality aspect of a good, comfortable living. For this reason, we suggest freezing all your important areas by your preferred Vastu consultant first, so that the interior designer can take the project from there on. The client always has the option to use the services of our in-house consultants for the same.