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Process

DESIGN IS A PROCESS

With our deep expertise and our stellar communication skills you can rest assured that your project is in good hands. All projects differ but here’s a general sense of the steps along the way from first conversation to completed project – and beyond.

CONSULTATION
PROPOSAL
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
STAYING IN TOUCH

CONSULTATION

Typically, after a phone conversation the first step is an initial meeting. We like to visit you on-site. This lets us learn about how you live and use your space. We want to create a design that will work for you, so don’t deep clean or hide all your clutter just because we’re coming over! At this first meeting we will:

  • learn about your needs, hopes and initial ideas
  • ask you lots of questions + listen carefully
  • get a clear sense of the project scope
  • share some impressions + design ideas

PROPOSAL

After our on-site meeting, we head back to the office and dive into putting together our proposal. Introspecs will provide you with a flat-fee proposal, with three parts

  • a detailed list of project notes gathered during our conversation
  • a design proposal including scope of work and design fees associated with your interior architecture and design work
  • a contract customized to your project needs + requirements.

We prefer to meet in person to review design proposals, so that we can answer questions, and if necessary, adapt and refine our proposal. Depending on time constraints, we can also share proposals electronically and review them by phone.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Once we’ve signed the design proposal and contract, we’re ready to get to work. This phase varies depending on the scope and nature of the project. But the process tends to be iterative with Introspecs presenting ideas and concepts, and you (the client) providing feedback. This, in turn, lets us revise and improve our designs and share them with you once more.

Typically, our projects include:

  • plans + elevations
  • design boards to develop the look, showing selections for finishes, fixtures + furnishings
  • material specifications
  • recommendations and introductions to contractors and other professionals
  • project management (as much or as little as you like)

STAYING IN TOUCH

We love to keep in touch with our clients and see how our designs are used and lived in. We are happy to be engaged for periodic design check-ins and to help you adapt your spaces as your needs may change. Often clients prefer to phase projects over several months and we’re open to providing all-inclusive designs that can be implemented over time or tackling one area at a time.

On-going design services include:

  • procurement of furniture and accessories
  • rearranging or curating your spaces
  • phased work throughout your house

OUR CLIENTS SAY IT BEST

People like working with us (see below)! We bring great ideas to the table, keep track of all the details, and know how to mix old and new. We’re also, when it comes right down to it, goofballs. You can check out more reviews on Houzz + Google.

one of the best decisions

“We hired Allisen and Introspecs early on in our project, and it was one of the best decisions we made. … Trust her with your next design project. You’ll be so glad you did.”

full of original ideas

“Working with Allisen is always a joy–she’s upbeat, positive, full of original ideas and always a pleasure to meet with.”

easy and fun

“Working with Allisen to design our kitchen remodel was truly a pleasure! Our 100-year old home is full of many period details (built in cabinets and woodwork) which we knew we’d be keeping. But we also knew that we wanted a kitchen with a contemporary look and feel. Allisen and her team were perfect for this project. Deeply knowledgeable and excellent listeners, they have a terrific sense for space and how to create livable designs. And they were easy and fun to communicate with at every step of the way.”

consistent and enthusiastic

“We hired Allisen and her team member, Erik, to design the interior of our 800 square foot ADU. We are a retired couple who are going modern as we enter this new phase of our lives. Allisen has been great to work with and has been a consistent and enthusiastic communicator. She and Erik have been sensitive to our opinions about the belongings we want to include in our new space, but they have also encouraged us to stretch our minds to incorporate more cutting edge ideas into our interior…..without pushing us. We are so excited to see our project take shape, and we couldn’t recommend Allisen and Erik more highly!”

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