Interior design fees

nerdApril 24, 2013

We are working on an additon that involves a full gut remodel of our kitchen and the end product will have a kitchen / family room space. I met with a designer here in Michigan who indicated she charges $100 per hour and estimated the job would take about 40 hours. The scope would include selection of all the finishes, flooring, counters, furniture etc. as well as space planning and assistance during the installation to ensure everything looks good. Does this rate seem reasonable?

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Did you get any other prices for the same scope from another designer? That would be the best place to start with 3 prices.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Most designers get their fees from marking up the product to retail from the discount that they get from sourcing it at wholesale or to the trade only sources. 20% is a going rate. You usally don't end up paying any more than what you would by just buying retail with no assistance. If you prefer to do the by the hour bit, $100 an hour is low, as are the amount of hours estimated. $4000 is low total compensation for such a large project. Is there a cap on the fee? If you pass the 40 hours and still don't have products fnalized, what happens then?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 10:28AM
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Thanks for the feedback I am in the process of getting estimates from other designers. So far though the hourly rates are higher. The fee does not include the material costs.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 10:51AM
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With that low of a rate, and how the compensation is structured, I'd really be leery if in fact she really is a qualified designer. Or merely a "decorator". What trade groups is she a member of? Where did she receive her degree?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:05AM
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The best way to choose a designer is by finding a local design association and getting a list of names of members. Those who take the time to stay accredited with an association are usually the best. Try the IIDA.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 12:35PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Not sure where you live, but here in So California, a lot of retail stores offer design services for free if you purchase from them. You could check that out also.

Good luck!


    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 9:30AM
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