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WE HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO MAKE THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROCESS APPROACHABLE AND LESS INTIMIDATING, BUT EVERY NEW PROJECT HOLDS ITS OWN SET OF QUESTIONS.
How much does a kitchen or bath remodel cost?
We get this question a lot. We take great care to help you develop a realistic budget and direct your dollars to get the most impact. To help guide you, our kitchen and bath renovations typically start at $40,000 and $20,000 respectively.
I don’t have time to hire then manage tradesmen. Will you manage the entire process for me?
Absolutely! We offer turnkey service which means we will work with you to design your new space, provide the materials, hire the contractors who will complete the work, and handle the project administration. We become your single point of contact throughout your project and your assurance that the quality level and design intent are met.
Do you have samples I can see or do I have to go elsewhere?
Yes, our studio has an extensive design library. Once we move into the specification phase of your project, we will curate material samples if we don’t already have it for you. We provide access to unique materials from all over the globe to make your project individually yours.
Will you do only the design work?
We can help you with the design and specifications and then let you take it from there. However, we have found that the most successful projects are ones with which we are involved from start to finish.
I know what I want. Can I just order materials from you?
Yes, you can order all your materials through us - cabinetry, flooring, tile, lighting, wall coverings, decorative plumbing, electrical fixtures, etc.
Why should I hire you?
We love what we do and that comes through in how we work. Waking up each day with the opportunity to meet new people and create beautiful spaces is a blessing we don’t take for granted. Our love of design and people drive us. We’re fun and creative and don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re a team of problem solvers who want to create spaces our clients love and, in the end, hope to call those clients friends.
How long will my project take?
The scope of your project will have the greatest influence on your project schedule. Typically, the design phase for a residential project takes about six to eight weeks. Construction timelines have too many variables to give you a general estimate without knowing the full scope. Before work begins, however, we will give you a realistic schedule for both the design and construction phases to help you plan.
Once our budget is set, do you stick to it?
A fixed cost will be listed in our final construction contract. However, clients do sometimes change their minds or want to make additions as they begin to see the project come to life. Unforeseen complications sometimes arise as well during remodels. In those cases, change orders may be necessary which could increase or decrease the budget.
Do you only do interiors?
We like to say we can help with anything inside the building envelope. There have been instances where we have provided conceptual or consulting work on other project types. We are always happy to talk through your unique needs to see how we can best help you.
You’ve given me an estimate of hours for design, what happens if there are hours leftover?
Before we begin working together, we will provide you with an estimate of hours for the design portion of your project (everything to the point of starting construction). It is a detailed estimate, but you will be billed for actual time spent on your project. We have invested heavily in technology and continuing education so we can work as efficiently as possible. Sometimes the scope of work changes as the project progresses that may cause the amount of hours to increase. We are sure to communicate if it appears the hours will exceed the estimate and pause until we get your approval to continue. If it ends up being less, again, you are only charged for the hours actually worked.
Can I stop by to see samples or do I need an appointment?
Would it save time and/or money if I do the demolition myself?
We occasionally will have clients who want to execute certain portions of their construction project on their own. We don’t prohibit it, but it is something we will want to talk through. Depending on what portion you want to take on, it usually adds to the project timeline and does not save as much cost as you may think.
I’ve never worked with an interior designer before, how does it work?
What’s your favorite date?
“That’s a tough one. I would have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” - Miss Congeniality
Can Spectrum Design Group help with furniture shopping and/or layout as well?
Interior decoration is usually not a standalone service we provide - it is included as part of a larger design project. However, we do offer consultations to answer questions about feasiblity or to help with furniture layout or choose paint colors. If decoration is indeed the type of service you need, we are happy to refer you to decorators who will do an excellent job.
May I choose which designer is assigned my project?
Absolutely! We have many repeat clients to where it only makes sense to continue working with the same designer. There are also times where a specific designer was referred, and we will certainly honor that. We are intentional about pairing you with a designer that will provide a great experience. It is important to note that behind the scenes, each project is usually touched by every member of our team to leverage our collective strengths.