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price is what you pay

It has been said that great design isn’t expensive. It’s priceless.

When homeowners consider a major renovation, they will often request proposals from 3-4 companies for design services.  The proposals they get back will vary as widely as the services they represent.

It is critical for consumers to understand what is – and what is not – included in the fees for architectural and design services.  A kitchen designer may charge an hourly fee for space planning, while an architect may charge a fixed fee for complete design and construction drawings.  Usually, these professionals do not include selection coordination or product specifications in their services.

After the space has been redesigned, homeowners must select plumbing fixtures, tile, lighting, cabinets, appliances, closet equipment, counter tops, bath accessories, and more.  The following tasks are crucial and time consuming:

  • Supervising and organizing selections
  • Confirming product availability
  • Confirming lead time of materials
  • Staying true to the design style
  • Keeping the project on budget

Design-Build firms provide these services in the initial design phase, so that a client will know exactly how the space will appear, not just how it will look drawn on paper.  When comparing proposals, be sure to confirm how much detail the price reflects.