Everybody dreams of living in a swanky house with the best quality decor and interiors done by the best designers. Perhaps only a few think that it’s possible to avail such exorbitant services. Many of us believe that interior designing is possible only with loads of cash pumped into it and that everything comes at a high price. This, thankfully, is proving to be a myth.
The truth is that interior designing does come at a cost, but in comparison with the price you pay for a house, it makes absolute sense to invest in it. Some people think that designing one’s house is a fairly easy task and that they know what’s best for them.
But not everyone can know the intricacies of what color or theme will suit the backdrop of walls or how to utilize the space efficiently to place all the furniture around. When they go in for a DIY (do it yourself), the end results are quite substandard, with a lot of effort involved and losses incurred during the whole process.
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Thus, it is highly recommended to hire an expert at the beginning and then work with them to get what you were looking for. So, one can always get a part of their apartment designed by a specialist and then use the new look as a baseline for rest of the house. Of course, there are ways to curtail the price of these services as we will touch upon it in some time.
Traditional Interior Designing Process:
The first stage requires you to know about your requirements and, most importantly, the budget. It has to be decided whether the work will be a minor renovation or complete designing. Along with this, it is important to keep a budget in mind, and be sure that you let the designer know about the budget in the beginning itself. This builds up a mutual understanding between both the parties and binds the project within permissible limits.
With the consensus in place, the designers need to estimate the entire project cost. In order to accomplish this, they create a BoQ (Bill of Quantities) which contains a list of materials, parts, and labor required to complete the entire project. This bill helps in dealing with vendors and contractors, who will source all the required resources.
The designer then chooses the best options available. With the most feasible tenders and quotations in place, the designer will now be able to dole out the total cost of the project, along with a few additional charges of consultants or contractors, if required. If a project is too vast, then the designer would prefer to consult specialists such as landscape architects. Contractors might be required for labor or plumbing work as well.
All this requires a lot of effort, along with creativity and expertise, to get that perfect look for your interiors. This justifies the huge prices demanded by interior designers.
But it doesn’t mean that this entire process cannot be done in a more efficient and economical way. The advent of the internet has enabled us to digitize the entire process. So, instead of waiting for weeks to get the initial floor plans and design boards, the wide availability of software and web apps helps us to get designs that can be prepared much more quickly with easy modifications as well.
It has also become easier to find designers online and demand a quote from them. Once you zero in on a designer, they can quickly give you the entire floor plan, along with the information for sourcing materials. All these services can be availed at a small fixed fee, payable online. Not that pricey at all!
For all the fabulous services provided by interior designers, costing can vary from person to person depending upon their past work and reputation in the industry. Some common modes are hourly rates for consultations and site visits, flat rates (where a single number is pre-determined), sq.ft rates (where the designer charges you per square feet area to be designed), and percentage rates (a percentage of the total design budget, usually around 8-12%).
Nowadays, percentage rates are the most common. In this method, also known as the cost-plus-fee method, designers not only provide design services but also purchase the required materials and add a set percentage on the cost of goods to compensate for their services.
This kind of full service is known as turnkey service. Percentage-based fees also take care of any changes in the project made after its initiation. Sq.ft rates are more prevalent among smaller projects, whereas percentage-based fees are more likely to be used in the case of bigger projects.
One can always look to stay in their budget by going online whilst keeping the entire process continuous and elegant.