YOUR PARADISE

As our services vary, so do the processes. These processes are the journey we take to your paradise! Use the graphic on the left for our visual thinkers, and the text on the right for our verbal thinkers! (Click the "+" titles to read more, and the image to enlarge!)

 

The Design Process

+INITIAL CONSULTATION/PRELIMINARY CONCEPT

This initial consultation is offered as a flat-fee service. During this initial consultation, we walk through the space, discuss design challenges and ideas for improvement. This initial consultation is 90 minutes in your home, 60 minutes with you. If applicable, we then we ask a contractor to join us for the last 30 minutes- this last 30 minutes is most productive if the homeowners are not present, allowing us to speak and brainstorm freely. Deliverables include:

  • Three schematic floor plans (tight budget, mid-range, and high end)
  • Three 3D sketches illustrating materiality and conceptual idea
  • An existing plan layout with very loose preliminary dimensions
  • A scope of work document that you may present to contractors for preliminary estimates

For some, this initial conceptual phase provides everything to move forward independently, where others may find it as a starting point to lead into the following phases. In this instance, a formal agreement is established, and work proceeds from here.

Note that we may provide this service with a single concept if you are clear on the direction you are heading with your space.


HOURLY SERVICES ENSUE, WITH A GOOD-FAITH ESTIMATE

+Programming Phase

During our initial meetings with owner and contractor, we gather information regarding the project, discuss conceptual ideas, determine a scope of work, define the aesthetic and functional requirements, and discuss the budget.

+Concept Development

From these initial meetings, we begin to define the style and build a concept that is tailored specifically to the homeowner; drawing our inspiration from lifestyle, use, and the authentic nature of the project. We pull ideas for finishes, but the focus during this phase is capturing the "essence" of the home, the way it makes its occupants feel.

+Design Development (Drawing, drafting, and Construction Documentation)

During this phase of the process we define and design all of the architectural elements of the project: doors and windows, millwork, cabinetry, fireplaces, staircases, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, appliances, roof line, and hardware. We begin to build our specification binders for owner and contractor and complete CAD drawings for bidding and execution of details.

+Finish Materials and Fixture Selection

While we will have presented options sooner, this is the point of finalization. The most prominent influences on the selection of finish materials are architectural style, cohesive character, function, aesthetics, and budget. During this phase we specify materials for flooring, walls, ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, cabinetry, railings and fireplace surrounds. We also consult on the selection of exterior materials such as roofing, wall cladding, paving stone, railing, millwork materials, and pool tiles.

+Site Visits

Throughout the construction of a project, we attend bi-weekly job site meetings with the builder, job site supervisor, and trade contractors to review design decisions, material installations, and construction schedules. This portion of the design process is so vital that we do not consider the project to be a "Waldron Designs" final project without it.


WHEN PURCHASING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED

+Furniture Planning

Through a series of meetings and detailed presentations the color scheme is created, furniture layouts are finalized, finishes are specified, and budgets are reviewed. At this point we select wall coverings, drapery and window shades, decorative lighting, furniture, fabrics, rugs, art, and accessories.

+Ordering and Expediting

We begin the process by creating purchase orders for all of our vendors and reviewing all of our selections for correct scale, balance, and proportion. We double check order information, confirm prices and lead-times, re-select back ordered or discontinued items, arrange crating, shipping and delivery, and start expediting.

We always share our discount with our design clients. Any mark-up received on our end is utilized to cover the liability incurred as a retailer of sold goods and is industry standard (just like the grocery store or retail clothing store mark up their goods, we do as well- we just offer a significant discount off retail to design clients!)

+Installation

After completion of construction and a detailed cleaning, we begin the installation phase of the project. This phase takes approximately two weeks to complete and includes installing carpet, hanging drapery, laying rugs, placing and detailing furniture, making beds, hanging art, stocking cabinets and closets, and placing accessories.

+Post Installation

Soon after installation, we walk through the home to discuss any issues that may have come up and resolve design issues as well as any issues with furnishings. We develop a punch list for your contractor to manage corrections on their end as well. A closure meeting is held, and our passion becomes your paradise.