Along with the several ways of working with a designer, there are also several ways that designers charge.
- Cost Plus: The designer meets you for a consultation, determines your budget and purchases all materials for your project with around a 20%(+/-) mark-up.
- Fixed Fee: Designer quotes entire project to cover all expenses. There are typically 3 draws, 1 at the signing of the contract, one midway through the remodel, and the last one after the punch list is finished.
- Hourly Rates: The designer charges an hourly fee based on the time that he or she will contribute to the project. This fee is normally between $50 and $300.
- Square foot: The designer charges a flat fee per square foot of the space they are working on. This is typically used for large projects or commercial projects.
How I work:
I also currently only provide design plans. This involves a floor plan layout in AutoCAD with dimensions and several 3d's. Upon request, I provide samples of tile, flooring, countertops, paint, etc. If it is a kitchen remodel, I also provide a set of cabinet plans and a couple of quotes upon request. I also meet customers in kitchen showrooms to make recommendations with finishes, door styles, etc. A typical kitchen remodel could cost between $100 - $400 depending on how involved you want me in the entire process. I offer a free one hour consultation where I can meet you, go over my portfolio, and talk about the scope of your project. It is then, that I can give you an estimate of what my fees would be.
I also work on a consulting basis where I come to your home and offer on-the-spot advice. It can involve samples of flooring, paint, countertops, etc if I know ahead of time that you want me to provide them. This charge is also $40/hour with a one hour minimum.