How We Work
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We help our clients develop a realistic budget, a solid design concept, and we source the perfect furnishings and accessories for their projects.
Experience has taught us that design is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and because we know that not every client needs our full suite of services, we’ve broken our design process down into three phases.
At the end of each phase, the client has the option of whether they want to continue to move through our work-flow process.
Whether its a simple design consultation or the “Cadillac” experience where we arrange all of the ordering, receiving, inspecting, delivering and installing of the items so that our clients get their big “HGTV” reveal when it’s all said and done, we want our clients to feel valued and appreciated!
Our design process ensures that the client achieves their project needs while making the experience as painless as possible.
At ABI, our goal is to make the design-styling process an enjoyable one for our clients. Experience has shown us that knowledge of standard procedures helps our clients feel comfortable for the duration of the project. So, here’s how we work:
PHASE 1: CONSULTATION/DESIGN PROGRAMMING
FEE: $525 WHICH IS APPLIED TO INITIAL RETAINER IF CLIENT SIGNS ON FOR PHASE 2 WITHIN 48 HOURS
STEP 1 Exploratory Phone Call
STEP 2 On-Site 2-Hour Consultation (Meeting culminates with detailed summary notes, sketches and etc.
STEP 3 Preparation of Formal Proposal for Phase 2
STEP 4 Signed Letter of Agreement and Receipt of Phase 2 Design Fees (60% of fee required before Phase 2 begins)
PHASE 2: DESIGN CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND SOURCING
**NOTE: $525 Style Coaching Fee will be applied to Phase 2 Design Fee if project contract is signed and 60% of the fees are paid within 2 business days of receiving the contract.**
STEP 5 On-site measurements and photography
STEP 6 Initial Design Concept and Space Plan
STEP 7 Comprehensive Product/Element List and Budget Analysis
STEP 8 Specific Product Sourcing
STEP 9 Vendor/Trade Project Walk-thru (Trade Day)
STEP 10 Trade Proposal Review, Scope Refinement, Finalization of Design Plan
STEP 11 Schedule Presentation Meeting (remaining 40% of Phase 2 Design Fees due)
STEP 12 Presentation and Decision Meeting: DIY or ABI?
STEP 13 Signed Letter of Agreement and Receipt of Phase 3 Project Management Fees (60% of fee required before Phase 3 will begin)
PHASE 3: DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION
FEE: 100% OF PRODUCT INVOICE TOTAL PLUS PHASE 3 DESIGN FEES OUTLINED IN LETTER OF AGREEMENT.
Phase 3.1: Purchasing and Procurement
STEP 14 Placement of Purchase Orders
Phase 3.2: Project Management and Installation
STEP 15 Consult with trades during renovation phase (if applicable)
STEP 16 Receipt and Inspection of Procured Goods
STEP 17 Schedule Installation Days (remaining 40% of Phase 3 Project Management Fees due)
STEP 18 Installation and Styling and Deficiencies walk through
STEP 19 Client reveal: Photoshoot/Interview
Phase 3.3: Project Closeout
STEP 20 Deficiency resolution
STEP 21 Presentation of Client Binder including product care information, warranty information and final invoices