How I work, and what to expect are some of the first questions asked of my services. Interior designers in the area work in a variety of ways. Here I will share how I work and charge for services at Trusted Transitions NW, LLC. See below for hourly rates and billing cycle information.
I charge an initial consultation rate of $150.00 for up to two hours. If we agree to work together on your project and sign a Design Consulting Agreement, the initial consultation fee will be credited to your downpayment for commencing the project. During the meeting we will discuss and determine the scope of work, review ideas that appeal to you, and offer ideas for the project. During this initial meeting we will also discuss timelines for accomplishing your project, take measurements and photographs of the space(s). On occasion, a project or client may not be a good fit and in that case our initial consultation will set you up for success with your project. In this case, we can refer you to colleagues or trade professionals that are a better fit for your goals.
I work on an hourly basis. My billable rate is $75 an hour, and because I am a WA licensed Contractor I must also charge sales tax. When visiting a project over 30 minutes from my home office, $30 an hour is charged per hour for drive time. If we decide to move forward on your project together, I will complete an Interior Design Services checklist for you generally within 48 hours of our initial consultation. This checklist will cover the scope of your desired services from me, referred to as ‘Exhibit A’ on our Design Consulting Agreement. I have found I am fairly accurate with hourly projections. Our hourly estimated range accounts for not only the design and rendering work, but client appointments, re-selections, detailed drawings (if the project calls for it) showroom and site visits as well as collaboration with contractors or tradesmen. Sometimes clients decide they want to add services as we go along, which is fine, but I may have you sign a change of services form. Our projects start with a deposit on file that is applied to the next invoice. Deposits are determined by each project based on the total estimated scope. All of my clients are invoiced 1x each month with a detailed explanation of the date, the task, and the time invested in 15 minute increments.
This rate is based on which design package the client chooses. The packages include added services and reflect a square footage price. My packages range from $1 to $4 per square foot. The packages are customizable to a degree with interchangeable services that require about the same amount of time to complete. One Time Consultations: We know not all projects require full interior design services, and I am happy to provide a consultation at your home. Whether coordinating your interior or seeking a Home Assessment for improved accessibility, my consultations are $150 for up to two hours, which is due at the visit.
To view my design package options see my brochure here.
We know not all projects require full interior design services, and I am happy to provide a consultation at your home. Whether coordinating your interior or seeking a Home Assessment for improved accessibility, my consultations are $150 for up to two hours, which is due at the visit.
My job is to specify materials, and in most cases your contractor will purchase all materials specified. I am happy to assist with selecting furnishings to coordinate your overall design style. I charge my regular rate of $75/hr for both online or in-store shopping for specialty items including light fixtures, mirrors, universal towel/grab bars, etc and where applicable, pass on any design discounts to my clients. I always seek client approval before any purchase. Clients can also directly pay/order the item.
The term ‘accessible design’ is a higher level of design consideration. In residential situations there aren’t ADA standard as there are in commercial design. This allows for greater specificity and freedom to design to the clients individual needs, therefore it is not a “one size fit’s all” approach. This level of design relates to customizing for persons confined to wheelchairs or, who have a disability requiring considerations to maximize their safety and independence.