What to Ask at Your Design Meeting

The design consultation for your home renovations can be an exciting meeting. This is a great opportunity for you to show your home and walk a professional designer through all the things you want to change. Your designer will have a lot of questions for you, but you also have the opportunity to get answers. Here’s a list of interior design consultation questions to ask so that you have all the information you need to make the right choices can do for you.


What Is Your Experience With This Project?

When you start to research design-build firms for your home improvement project, you may notice that each company has a different range of experiences. Just like you wouldn’t hire an electrician to run a plumbing line, it’s important that you work with a team that has experience in your particular project.

The good news is that it shouldn’t be difficult to get a feel for a firm’s experience. Ask them if they have a portfolio of projects that you can see. Most contractors will make one available, and you might be able to browse through it on their site. As you search, be sure to pay attention to the details. If you like what you see, there’s a good chance that the contractor may be able to give you the results you’re looking for.

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What is your experience with this project?

Who Will Be Working on This Project?

There are a couple of reasons that you want to know who will be working on your project. The first is that you want to have a sense of the experience of the people who will be doing the job. As such, it’s important to ask about the knowledge and skills of each person on the team. Ultimately, your goal should be to feel comfortable that everyone will be able to follow the design according to specifications.

The second reason you want to know the team is for contact purposes. One of the benefits of a design-build firm is that you can have one central point of contact for the entire process, without having to arrange schedules between a number of professionals. Make sure that you know who the contact will be, and if their communication preferences will work for you.

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What Is the Timeline for This Project?

When you start to identify a timeline for your project, you have two factors to consider:

  • How long the project will take

  • Specific dates on the calendar for the project

If you have no idea what to expect from the timeline, it’s wise to assume that you will need at least several weeks, possibly several months from start to finish. Don’t neglect the design process, as it can take a significant amount of time to explore your ideas for the space, create the design and refine it as needed. The second part involves the actual scheduling for the project. You may have a set finish date in mind, but you also have to make sure that your contractor has room in their schedule for it. When planning, be sure to note possible scheduling obstacles, like planned vacations or important family events.

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When Can I See the Design/Plans?

Custom renovations take time to design, since you’re getting a plan that works with your unique space and your ideas. The design process often has its own schedule, with specific benchmarks for the initial design, change requests, revisions and final approval. Depending on the designer and the project, you might need a few months from the initial design consultation to the last signature. While you’re waiting, it’s important to keep in mind that the design is meant to be comprehensive. Investing time at the beginning lets your team identify concerns early and give you time to evaluate the plans. That way, you have a better assurance that you’ll love the final result.

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What to Ask at Your Design Meeting

What Is the Payment Schedule?

The cost is one of the most important things that you’ll need to know, but you’ll also need to ask about the payment schedule. With this information, you will know what to expect and can see if it works with your budget. It’s common for remodeling contractors to ask for a small payment for the initial design since it’s a detailed process that may take many hours to finish. In many cases, if you decide to go with the contractor, that payment may be applied to the total cost.

Otherwise, you can expect a periodic payment schedule throughout the construction process. Your contractor may ask for a certain percentage at various stages or a lump sum at the end. If you’re planning to finance the project, it’s a good idea to ensure that you will have the funds ready by the time each payment is due.


Need Help With Your Home Design Checklist?

One of the best ways to ensure your design consultation is great is to hire a professional remodeling contractor that can bring your ideas to life. At Creative Building Concepts, our design services help you get the functional space you always dreamed of, with as few obstacles as possible. Schedule a consultation to get started on your new home design checklist.

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