What can you expect to happen when you work with MIS Furniture on an interior design project?
While each project is unique, there is a common flow of activities that will take place in the design process. To help you better understand our process, we have outlined them below:
Step 1: Phone Call
This is typically the first contact. We offer a 15 minute complimentary phone discussion to understand your project needs. If there is mutual interest, we can schedule a consultation.
Step 2: Preliminary Consultation
We will meet in person and on-site to discuss the scope of your project in detail – what your desired outcome is, which areas are to be covered, your functional needs, tastes/preferences, likes, dislikes, personal style and lifestyle.
It is also very important for you to have a realistic budget before you begin the project. If necessary, we can walk you through the scope of work and help you arrive at a rough budget.
Another important step is identifying who will be point of contact on your (the client’s) side for all communications and approvals.
Step 3: The Go-Ahead
Once you decide that we are the right design firm for you, we will need to formalize our engagement. This will require a letter of agreement to be signed, along with the payment of a retainer fee. The consultation fee you have paid will be adjusted against the design fees at the end of the project.
Step 4: Site Assessment
This on-site meeting generally occurs shortly after the letter of agreement and retainer is received. We will take detailed measurements and photographs of all the spaces involved in your project. Where appropriate, we will also arrange to have contractors/sub-contractors who will be working on your project come in and take their own measurements for estimating purposes.
Step 5: Layout/Space Planning
It is important to have a well-designed layout – it affects functionality, flow and space utilization of the area. Based on the measurements taken, and considering your requirements, you will be presented options for the layout of items for your space. Once a decision is made on the layout, the next step will be to develop the overall design concept.
Step 6: Design Concept and Specifications
This phase covers the options and selection of the color scheme, fabrics, furniture, fixtures, materials and finishes, along with the design of built-ins and custom furniture, if required. Timely approval of the design concept is important for maintaining validity of price quotes from vendors, as well as ensuring that selected items don’t go out of production. There may be additional costs associated with replacing items that are no longer available. Upon the approval of the design concept, the next steps involve its planning and execution.
Step 7: Project Plan
A schedule is made for purchasing and ordering, work to be done by vendors, and final installation.
Step 8: Procurement
Before any vendors are hired or items are purchased on your behalf, you will receive a purchase proposal for approval. This details the work to be done or item to be purchased along with all known associated costs. Nothing will be purchased without your signed approval and payment in advance.
Step 9: Implementation
All tasks and deliverables are tracked closely to keep the project on track.
Step 10: Styling the Area and Walk-through
When all work has been completed and all the procured items have been received, we will arrange everything to give the area the final, finished look. A key part of achieving this final look is picking the right art and accessories for the area. We will pick up any items we have not covered in the procurement stage from various stores, and you can pay for the items you want to keep.
Once the final set-up has been done, we can walk through the space together and note any items that may need further attention. We will see that any such items are taken care of, and then the project can be considered complete.
Also, we typically get photographs taken of the finished space. This will need to be scheduled.