The Cost and Value of Working with a Designer
When people think about hiring an interior designer, they are usually thinking about the aesthetics they want for their home; they think paint, pillows and accessories. But a professional designer brings so much more insight to the table than just décor. The goal of an interior designer is to create a cohesive space that flows and functions for the purpose of the room, while creating a space that is also beautiful.
Hiring an interior designer will prevent making costly mistakes in your home. They will work to ensure that each element will fit the overall concept of the room and home with appropriate scale, color and function. They will also help you save time by bringing selections, fabric samples, and design boards to you rather than having to scour stores to find the right thing for you home.
When a designer enters the space for the first time, they begin to envision what it will look like finished. That vision becomes a concept by first drawing the space-plan and then creating a design board with colors, fabrics, and options for furniture and lighting. This concept is the intellectual property that the designer creates for your specific room and the reason individuals hire a designer to begin with. You may have a vision for your home, but an interior designer can help you bring it to life while making sure it satisfies nitty-gritty considerations, such as light placement and traffic flow. A trained eye and a creative mind-set allows for devising solutions that you would never have imagined, and attention to the tiniest details will transform your space into a haven that looks polished and pulled together.
When deciding to work with an interior designer, having clearly-defined project in mind will help with to keep you within budget. Once you and your designer agree on a concept, items are specified that fit into the agreed upon budget – we call this part of the process, creating a scope of work. Making changes late in a project or deciding to expand the scope of the work is going to increase the cost of the project which is why we work to solidify the scope first before selecting items for the design.
The costs associated with hiring an interior designer will vary quite dramatically from job to job. One homeowner may ask for help with their entire home, while another wants some professional assistance in only one room. While there are several industry standards for how to structure fees, the most straight forward is hourly fees. This is how Lisa Scheff Designs bills based on the actual amount of time that we contribute to a specific project. Current market prices for interior designer hourly rates vary between $75 and $250 per hour, depending on the location and the market area. Lisa Scheff Designs bills at $125 per hour for all design services including concept creation, drawing floor plans and specifying products.
When it comes time to purchase the product for a design, we encourage our clients to use Lisa Scheff Designs as their source. The benefit to using us as your retail source is that we buy direct from manufacturers allowing you to purchase high end items for less than retail costs. We have access to lines that you cannot find at stores in our area which is why we visit High Point Furniture Market twice a year to visit the showrooms and see everything the lines have to offer.
If you have questions about the process of working with a designer or about a specific project you would like to work on, give us a call, or send us an email. We would be happy to answer your questions.