+ Why is hiring a designer valuable?
Interior design is a skill and art that enhances a space and the quality of life in the space. Hiring a professional designer raises the level of that experience and helps tell a visual story.
+ Is there a difference between an “interior designer” and an “interior decorator”?
Interior Designers focus on the technical side of a space. They analyze a client’s needs and budget and prepare and present conceptual solutions that manage the implementation of the project. They also ensure that the design complies with all regulatory and legal requirements.
Interior Decorators focus on surface treatments, such as: the selection and placement of fixtures and furnishings. An interior decorator's scope of work includes things such as color, materials, and furniture selection.
+ Hiring an interior designer: How does it work?
Every firm approaches things differently. At Drake Khan Design a 15-minute discovery call helps us evaluate your project to make sure we’re a good fit. From there, we schedule a paid, on-site consultation with our lead designers to gather more specific information before preparing a detailed proposal outlining the scope of work and fees for your review and approval before commencing the project.
+ What are your signature services?
An empowered and balanced lifestyle is what guides our user-centric design approach and defines our understanding of living environments as more than physical space.
+ High End Residences
+ Multi-Unit Developments
Pivotal to attracting discerning guests is the essential balance between memorable aesthetics and function.
+ Boutique Hotels
+ How do you charge?
Each project is unique and hence the scope of work and our involvement varies. Most projects are charged at an hourly with a detailed scope of work and estimated hours presented in our proposal. To discuss your project, please contact us.
+ What is your process of design?
+ A free 15-minute phone consultation to determine client and project needs
+ Determine compatibility between the project and our firm
+ Paid, on-site meeting to determine scope, user needs and budget
+ Establish functional and aesthetic direction
+ Review existing architectural drawings and site conditions
+ Create program of use
+ Prepare preliminary plans, elevations, and sketches
+ Establish overall aesthetics for key features
+ Provide FF&E direction
+ Material and finish selections
+ Refine concept
+ Prepare electrical, lighting and millwork design concept
+ Create working drawings, specifications and schedules
+ Develop interior details with other team consultants
+ Coordinate development of VR renderings, if applicable
+ Assist in preparation of tender documents
+ Assist in selection of contractors
+ Review technical drawings from vendors
+ Attend site meetings
+ Liaise with contractors to ensure design intent is actualised
Furniture and Furnishings:
+ Select and present furniture and furnishings
+ Prepare itemized budget
+ Liaise with retailers and fabricators
+ Manage local and international shipping and coordination
+ Oversee final installation
+ Create punch list and post occupancy evaluation
+ What cities do you work in?
Drake Khan Design is always within reach. Based in Toronto, our work spans across Canada and beyond.
Contact us to find out more about our Remote Consulting Service.