THE DESIGN PROCESS – Interior Design
Thank you for considering the Haskell Interiors design team for your next
project! We want this to be a wonderful experience for you. It is our honor
and pleasure to walk you through the process of what you may expect,
working with the Haskell Interiors design team. We want to assure you that
your project is in good hands!
Here is an outline of the process you might expect, phase by phase.
1. PROJECT LAUNCH
The first step to a successful project is the initial consultation. This
meeting is to gather information about the scope of the project and your
expectations. We will learn about your preferences, what is important
to you and how to make your space blend perfectly with your lifestyle,
taste and budget. This meeting is often held at the project site in order
for us to acquire basic measurements and photos. If your project is
new construction, we will meet in our showroom and ask that you bring
current blueprints. At this first meeting, it is also suggested that you
bring photos of rooms you like and items that inspire you, as well as any
information about other parties that might be working on your project.
This first meeting also allows us to explain in depth how we work and
how we charge for our services. We view design as a partnership and we
want to make sure that both designer and client feel comfortable working
with each other. Within one week of the first meeting we will present you
with a written design agreement, including the design fee for your project
and projected material budget.
2. DESIGN CONCEPT
Once you have signed the design agreement, we begin to create an initial
design study, based on your project requirements, your preferences and
feedback from our initial meeting. Depending on the project, this study
may include items such as structural layout options, floor plans, a color
scheme, materials and surface options, and lighting & plumbing fixtures
as well as a detailed materials budget, preliminary selections of furniture,
window treatments, floor design, lighting and fabrics.
3. DESIGN CONCEPT PRESENTATION AND APPROVAL
The design concept will be formally presented to you for feedback
and approval. You can expect to be presented with a combination of
sketches, product & material selections and fabric samples as well as
other visual aids to help you to fully understand the concept and plan.
Approximate pricing of goods and services will also be provided during
the presentation. All decision makers are required to be present for your
design concept presentation.
During the meeting, we will narrow down your options on all design
elements and the overall plan. If there are elements of the design
that need to be refined, researched or sourced, we will do so quickly
and verify your final approval on those items. It is important to make
decisions expeditiously throughout this phase, as vendor pricing and
product availability can often change if more than 30 days pass.
4. FINAL DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Once you have approved your design concept, The Haskell Interiors
design team will commence with creating the final design and material
selections for your approval and purchase. Design development is the
phase where we tie together all the details, develop and finalize all
structural elements, construction documents and floor plans.
During this phase we may also coordinate with other professionals such
as the architect, A/V specialist, the contractor and sub-contractors in
order to give you the best design and product recommendations. We
may meet with you several times during this phase in order to arrive at
the best and final design.
With our final design complete, we will meet to present our final design,
along with recommendations and final material selections and costs for
5. FINAL APPROVAL
We will need your signature and required deposit as approval on all
materials, so they can be ordered. We streamline this process for you
and make sure you have everything you need to give your final approval
and initiate the order. These proposal approvals are binding and are not
6. PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT
Once we receive your signed proposals and deposits, we initiate orders
immediately. Your project coordinator will contact you to inform you of
your project schedule, including start date and anticipated completion
date. Your project coordinator is here to answer any questions or
concerns you may have during the construction and installation process.
We take care of all the details. Haskell Interiors will coordinate with the
necessary parties regarding any on-site construction and installations.
For construction details and items that others will be purchasing, we will
often play a part in making sure all the details are done correctly. We will
prepare all specifications and purchase orders. We will communicate with
all contractors and sub-contractors and vendors regarding specifications,
ordering, expediting, quality inspections, coordination and timely delivery
or installation in your home.
Sometimes after an item has been approved and ordered, this item
becomes delayed or backordered. In this rare case, you will be notified
and kept updated. In rare cases, we may have to make an alternative
selection. We will notify you as soon as we become aware and provide
you with an updated proposal including any price changes. You can also
expect to receive reports, from your Project Coordinator, periodically to
help you keep track of all purchases and their arrival.
7. STRUCTURAL BUILD OR RENOVATION
This is when your design begins to come to life. Expect a lot of activity
as everyone plays their part in creating your new space. Depending on
the scope of your project you may have a General Contractor/Builder for
renovations and additions to your space or at least subcontractors such
as painters, tile installers, electricians performing certain tasks. Haskell
Interiors will coordinate the details with all relevant parties to assure the
outcome is as we intend it to be. You can expect to be updated regularly
on the progress.
Flooring, wallcovering, cabinetry, woodwork, tile, plumbing and lighting
are all put in their place. This shall include coordination of the delivery,
installation and final placement as specified. A Haskell Interiors design
team member will visit the project periodically to observe and to become
familiar with the progress and quality of work as it relates to the design
8. FURNITURE & DECORATIVE INSTALLATION
While your renovation is progressing, we are receiving all of your
furniture, lighting fixtures, accessories and fabrics in our warehouse.
When all of the renovation is complete and the space is ready, we will
schedule the installation of furniture, window treatments and accessories.
Haskell Interiors will coordinate all aspects of the final installation and
prepare the space for you to move back in.
9. THE REVEAL AND FINISHING TOUCHES
This is the moment you have been waiting for! You will walk into your
home and see your dream come true. We will walk with you through
your space and all aspects of the design, now that the vision has been
Once you have had a chance to take it all in and enjoy your new space
for a few days, we will do a final walk through with you. We will create
a punch list of any small items that need to be taken care of. We will
attend to any loose ends right away and leave you to enjoy your beautiful
home with your family and friends for years to come!