FAQ

Do I really need an interior designer for my project?
Only you ultimately know whether or not you need an interior designer. I will say though, there is more value in experience than in inexperience. And since we have worked with 100's of happy clients, we can provide solutions which may not have initially occurred to you. You can definitely benefit from a designer's objective viewpoint, and we can offer exceptional guidance about products which are new or tailored to your needs.

Can I really afford an interior designer?
Our interior design services are offered on a consultation basis.  You can purchase as little or as much help as you need! When you take into account the incredible knowledge and experience of our interior design staff, you can actually save on spending by eliminating those costly errors that occur while searching for the products that are actually right for you!

When do I need to involve an interior designer in my project?
The sooner the better.  Interior designers can speak to the client and help establish a course of action that best suits your personalized design plan. We can create "footprints" which reflect the spatial relationships and required project adjacencies; we can develop project specifications; and we can engage other professionals required to complete the project. This process eliminates confusion and saves the client money by assuring that all tradesmen are providing "apples to apples" pricing.

What is your firm's decorating/design style?
As with all designers, and people in general, we obviously have our own personal taste in decorating. But we do not dictate these to our clients, nor does our staff believe in creating "cookie cutter" designs based on current popularity trends. It is our job to engage you, to listen to your needs and wants, and to assist you in creating a space which is totally reflective of your personality, your lifestyle, and your individual design needs. It is our job to apply the principles of design and to make sure you do not make any costly errors through oversight, or lack of understanding of the design process.

What services do interior designers provide?
As a designer we provide data gathering/programming (determining exactly what is needed); space planning; problem solving; furniture specifications and layouts; finish specifications and schedules; technical drawings (blueprints, elevations, schematics, perspectives, etc); electrical and acoustical planning; circulation and lighting analysis; barrier-free and code compliant design solutions; product purchasing and installation services; and project management/oversight.

Do you charge for your first meeting?

The first 1/2 hour of the meeting is complimentary and is an opportunity for both of us to meet and evaluate the scope of the work, review my portfolio, and discuss compensation. Any time spent over the initial 1/2 hour  will be billed at a minimum rate of $125.00 per hour.

How do you charge for your services?
I have an hourly design fee and a mark-up on any product that can be purchased through the my business only.

Why do you have an hourly fee and a mark-up on the product?

The design fee is for overall design concepts, solutions to the problems, and advice on any purchases. When a product is ordered through Design Group of Philadelphia, there is a great deal of time spent on producing purchase orders, ordering cuttings of fabrics, and samples for approval. Also, time is spent on checking on status of orders, unloading shipping trucks, and unpacking boxes, deposing of trash, coordinating deliveries and generally ensuring that the whole process runs smoothly until the item is delivered to the client. Even though I receive great discounts on all materials ordered through Design Group of Philadelphia, there is product mark-up that covers this entire ordering and delivery process that assures the clients’ peace of mind.

Do I have to use a Designer’s services for everything, or just as needed?
Every designer works differently. We are happy to work with you as a consultant and assist you through the entire process. Or simply use us for consulting and advice, which allows you to make your own purchases.

Do you work with any particular style(s)?
I work with many different styles and prefer to help each client create their own signature style. Although styles vary, the common thread through all my projects is a clean, uncluttered look.

Why do I need an Interior Designer if I already have an Architect?
Architects and interior designers work very differently. Most architects work with structure and building design and prefer not to work with details of interiors. Whereas designers focus on kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry and built-ins, color schemes, flooring specifications, and wall and window treatments and furniture. Designers can create a master plan for the interior of your entire home or office, which can be implemented in stages, as your budget allows. The ideal design team consists of both an architect and an interior designer in order to cover all spectrums of your internal and external spaces.

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