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What kind of services do you offer?

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Our primary business is full scope renovations or new construction design.

As a full service interior design firm we also offer an extensive list of services including:

  • Basic colour consultations
  • Plan review of your builder’s plan
  • Test-fit plans for leasing agents or prospective tenants
  • Space planning
  • Finish and material selections
  • Permit and construction drawings
  • Complete project management

Our scope is limited to the interior of buildings, but should your project include additions or new builds we have a network of partners we work with to ensure the right people are working on your project. We also work closely with many of Calgary’s best general contractors, developers and engineers to ensure our client’s needs are met no matter how small or complicated the project.

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Do you provide free in-home estimates?

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Yes! We are happy to come to you and review the project you have in mind in order to give you more accurate quote for design services. Keep in mind our designers will come to discuss the project, not to design the project. Please do not expect any free advice.

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My contractor offers design services. Why should I pay for your services?

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Professional design is rarely free. As a service to their clients, general contractors, home builders and many cabinetry and décor retail stores will offer “free” design services a part of their one stop shop approach to business. The costs of these services are simply buried in the products and services you are purchasing from them. As independent design consultants, we are hired by you to help make the decisions that best meet your individual project goals. We source products from all brands and manufacturers, based on your specific needs and are not limited by special relationships and bulk pricing. We are working for you, not for the company providing the products so you can rest assured our advice is in your best interest.

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What kinds of products do you sell and how do I work with you to select furnishings and accessories?

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We do not sell products of any kind. We are not affiliated with any specific retail stores or manufacturers. That’s not to say we don’t know many of Calgary’s best places to shop for furniture, window coverings and décor. As designers we can often take advantage of “to the trade” pricing, which we pass along directly to you. Unlike other designers, we don’t take a cut or a percentage of anything. Our furniture and accessory services are an hourly service and we get paid exclusively for our time and objective advice.

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I know what I like and have mostly everything picked out already. Can I hire you to tell me if everything works?

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Absolutely! We understand often it’s overwhelming and with the large financial investment in most construction projects it’s important to make sure you are making the right choices. You can bring all your samples to our office, along with any other information you feel is important and we can review what you’ve selected and make minor suggestions or provide alternates you may wish to consider. These services are very cost effective and can be a great solution for clients who like to search and shop for themselves and are not prepared to invest the money in full scope design.

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How much should I expect to spend on Interior Design services?

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Design fees depend a lot on the specific scope of your project. Our fees range from a one-time consultation fee or single service charge of a few hundred dollars to $10,000 or more. If you contact us directly we can give you a better idea of the fees involved for your project. Our typical fees range between 5% and 8% of your anticipated construction costs for full scope design.

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My friend knows a certified designer. Why are your designers licensed and registered? What’s the difference?

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Great question! Alberta currently has two separate professional associations regulating interior designers: Alberta Association of Architects and Interior Designers of Alberta (part of a larger association Interior Designers of Canada). Designers who belong to these associations are Licensed and Registered respectively. Members of these associations are qualified by a University degree, a professional practice exam and years of experience working under professional colleagues. We are required to carry professional liability insurance and maintain our credentials through professional development courses. A certified designer is likely an individual who has earned a certificate from an online or community college program in design or specializes in cabinetry design.

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How long will the process take?

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You might be surprised to know the design process will likely take several months. It takes time to gather the information we need from you in order to properly address your needs and understand the project goals and objectives. We need to work with the plan to ensure it’s exactly right, which often takes a number of iterations as you establish your priorities based on the space available. A typical residential renovation or new home has between 75 and 100 different products and finishes to specify and narrowing down the options from all the great products available takes a number of weeks. Finally, when all the decisions are made we need time to properly document everything before it can go to the contractor(s) for pricing.

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Do you have a list of general contractors you can recommend?

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Over the years we have had the fortune of working with many of Calgary’s best general contractors. We are happy to recommend reputable businesses that are trustworthy with a strong work ethic and fantastic trades.

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