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WHAT DOES IT COST TO HIRE A DESIGNER?

Updated: Feb 10

It's quite often that we are asked where we find our sources and how much certain renovations cost. There are SOOOOOO many variables, so each project REALLY varies. Some of the variables that directly effect project costs are:

  • Quality of products sourced (good, better, best): As a designer I am your personal retailer. I have access to thousands of lines that may not be available to the general public. With that said, there are always different levels of quality. We always source pieces that meet the budget while maintaining a reasonable level of quality. Since you are investing in a designer, we don't want you to have to replace your pieces in a year or two. Ultimately, it is the clients' decision to assign a budget to their project.

  • Size Matters: All kitchens and living rooms are not created equal. The size of your spaces obviously make a huge impact on your final project budget.

  • Decision Making: Because designers charge hourly, when a client requests revisions, this directly effects the project cost. Clients who are quick to make decisions, help keep their costs down and help our projects move forward quickly.

  • Existing Furniture: If you already have your main existing furniture pieces, this greatly lowers your project cost. But can sometimes add to your hourly rate since certain pieces may produce a challenge in the layout.

Keep in mind, most people will furnish their house at some point. However, I often find, pieces were ordered without measuring or master planning. That is where a designer comes into place. We have the skill, tools and experience to think through multiple layouts and furniture sizing to give you the most bang for your buck! We think about the spacing between your coffee table and sofa, so you're not reaching over aggressively to place your coffee and cocktails. It doesn't end there, we think about who will be utilizing the space and how it will be cared for so we source proper surfaces that meet your level of maintenance. I could go on and on about how a designer has the potential to save you money. We know how to select the right pieces once and for all. Because, yes, I know you like to change your stuff all the time, BUT, it's because it's never been fully right. Once you have that hallelujah moment and your space makes your heart skip a beat, you won't even think twice about changing out your rug or side tables. Each piece will be like one of your own children, irreplaceable. Ok, maybe I've gone too far, but you get the point. If ain't broke, don't fix it.


So, for the moment we've all been waiting for...We cleared it with our client and we will be sharing what it took to take THIS...

To THIS...

This is going to be JUICY! First of all, I need to tell you that this family was an absolute joy to work with. They made my job sooooo easy. And we only had minor revisions. A change in the dining room table and chairs, that's it. First let me share the fees paid to the designer and trades for this living + dining room project. We will share the kitchen refresh as a separate post.


DESIGNER FEES + TRADE LABOR :

  • Designer Fees (includes 3D renderings, mood boards & project management): $3,500

  • Fireplace Renovation Labor: $1,050

  • Floating Shelves + Mantle Construction and Installation: $1,850

  • Painter: $450

DESIGNER + TRADE FEES TOTAL: $6,850


FURNITURE, ACCESSORIES + WINDOW TREATMENTS:

  • Fireplace Tile: $144.30

  • 5 Piece Performance Fabric Sectional (stain resistant/bleach cleanable): $3,637.50

  • 8x10 100% Wool Rug and Premium Rug Pad: $1,273

  • Iron Side Table (2 Piece Set): $325

  • Marble Top Coffee Table: $495.78

  • Performance Fabric Caster Slip Cover Chair (stain resistant) $270 each (5 total): $1,350

  • Reclaimed Dining Table w/leaf extensions: $1,061.78

  • Reclaimed Wood Bench: $328.19

  • Fabric Flat Fold Roman (4 windows and 1 patio door): $1,118.54

  • All Accessories: $1,240.57

FURNITURE, ACCESSORIES + WINDOW TREATMENTS TOTAL: 10,974.66

Freight (Shipping + white glove delivery AKA the HGTV experience): $1,107.93


GRAND TOTAL: $18,932.59



There you have it! This was a full-service project meaning our client was present for decision making and we took care of the rest. Now stop the madness of purchasing full set matching dining tables and coffee table sets and call a designer! In all seriousness, I hope this helps give you a better understanding of what it takes to complete these transformations. To book an in-home consultation for an upcoming project click HERE.


UPDATED:

Please keep in mind, our rates may increase and each project is bid individually. This post is to give the potential client a ballpark idea of the investment required for a living room renovation.


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