Working with an Interior Designer- How much is this going to cost?
Undergoing renovations to your home is one of the most rewarding things you can do to improve your day to day life. I’m probably a bit biased, but I think it’s always a worthwhile investment to your lifestyle! Hiring a professional ensures you achieve the best possible result from your build or redecoration project.
One of the biggest hesitations clients have about hiring a designer is the question of cost. What do designers charge? What benefits are you getting for their fees?
Design Fees- how much should I budget for?
No two design projects are the same- but I advise clients to have a think about what their overall build budget is to start. From there clients can expect full service design to cost between 10 – 20% of the total build cost. For example, if you’re build budget is $200,000, you’ll need to reserve an additional $20,000- $40,000 for the design of that build.
What are you getting for your investment? Full Service Design is inclusive of initial design consultation, design proposal, construction documentation drawings and/or 3D models, sample boards, and custom joinery design. After a design is approved, your designer will also liase with your builder to consult on the design throughout the build and to procure any furniture items to suit the build timeline. For more details on our design process, check out our blog post on How to Work with an Interior Designer!
Decoration vs Build projects and budgeting
Decoration only projects attract a different fee bracket in my experience. Decoration projects I distinguish as works that do not include tradesman such as builders and joiners. Decoration focuses on furniture selection, colour consultation, wall treatments, rugs and drapery. For these projects, it’s best to reserve approximately 10% – 15% of your total furnishings budget for the design of those items. So if you’re redecorating your lounge room and dining room, and your budget for furnishings is $40,000, it may cost around $4,000 – $6,000 on top of that budget for the design. This number can fluctuate dependant upon how many items are being custom designed and upholstered versus stocked items through our trade suppliers.