What everyone wants to know.
What do Interior Designers do?
Interior designers are trained, qualified professionals who provide space planning, interior design, and decoration for homes and offices so they are functional, comfortable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing.
How much does Interior Design cost?
There is always a cost attached to using a professional, but working with an interior designer will actually save you money by making sure you don't waste your time and energy trying to do what we do every single day. Using a professional designer may eliminate costly mistakes such as purchasing incorrectly sized or styled furniture or choosing colors and finishes that aren't exactly what you had hoped for. And, you will get a better result more quickly.
Here are some average costs for interior design in the Hamptons:
Percentage of the budget: 25-35%
Fixed (value based) fee: Per project
Flat fee per room or area
Cost plus markup
A combination of the above.
Why is there an interior design fee and separate charge for project management?
The interior design fee is compensation for the development of creative concepts, such as space planning, detailed drawings, and selection of furniture and furnishings to be used in the interior design of your home in the Hamptons.
Project management fees compensate us for managing the execution of the design, including supervision of contractors, purchasing, and generally overseeing the project.
Why do I need a designer if I have an architect?
Architects and interior designers are trained to do different things. Architects design building shells, deal with structure and specify exterior finishes so the home or building blends in with the exterior surroundings. Interior designers are trained to design the interior space, including interior space planning, furniture layouts, lighting, kitchens and baths, and specification of furniture, finishes colors, interior elements and furnishings.
The best possible scenario is to work with both an interior designer AND an architect so that windows and doors fall in the right places, walls are available to accommodate for furniture, lighting and electric is located properly, and the design is cohesive from the outside in and vice-versa.