WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It is impossible to tell how much of a design budget and project budget you will need without understanding your project. We recommend you follow the first 3 Getting Started Steps above prior to reaching out to us because our ideal clients are equally invested in their project. We work with a fixed fee, meaning you know what your design fees are up-front before you begin.
Here’s how to engage us us:
MEET & GREET – Scheduling a 30-minute call with us helps develop our rapport and introduce our services to you. We want to find out what your timeline is, the budget, project scope, and learn how we can help you. This is a complementary service and to complete our questionnaire CLICK HERE.
From there, we can work one of two ways:
DESIGN CONSULTATION – For small projects that need ideas or a colour suggestions, we recommend our 90-minute Design Consultation in your home. Following the Meet & Greet, we will schedule the meeting, send you a pre-paid invoice along with our Design Self Assessment for you to complete. 3 days prior to our meeting you’ll email your Self Assessment to us. If your project involves Interior Styling, we will take about 2 weeks to formulate our ideas, otherwise you’ll receive our Design Report in your inbox about 1 week later. The fee for this Design Consultation is $400 including 5% G.S.T.
PROJECT CONSULTATION – For all renovation, and new construction projects, we will schedule a 90-minute Project Consultation. 3 days prior to our meeting, please email us your Priority List and Inspiration Images because we will discuss them during our Consultation while complete our comprehensive check-lists. In about 1 week, you’ll receive our detailed Proposal in your inbox. This proposal will itemize our assessment, rooms involved, tasks required to complete the project, and our fixed fees. Our fees are based upon the formula of # of Rooms (X) Tasks. The fee for this Project Consultation is $400 including 5% G.S.T and will be applied as a credit toward your first payment.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Corey Klassen Interior Design is up to date with WorksafeBC and we carry third-party liability insurance for purchases, structure, and errors or omissions. Our business license is based in the City of Vancouver. Corey Klassen happens to be one of two NKBA Certified Members in the City of Vancouver with both Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer appellations, one of ten provincial, and one of fifty-five nationally.
WHAT IS A “CKD” AND A “CBD”?
A Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer are unique specialties in the residential interior design professional industry. The NKBA (http://nkba.org) is the only certifying body for all kitchen and bathroom designers world-wide. A fully qualified designer must:
- Uphold a Certified Member Standard Code of Conduct (CDECA Code of Ethics can be found here.)
- Have seven (7) years full-time residential kitchen & bath industry experience in design, construction, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems
- Complete a minimum of 60 NKBA Hours (a Bachelor’s degree equivalent) of professional development
- Passed a rigorous, two-part exam testing academic knowledge and practical skills
- Be an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards (31 kitchen, 27 bathroom)
- Remain current on building codes, safety, environment, and products
- Be skilled at assessing client’s needs and safety requirements
DO WE WORK OUTSIDE METRO VANCOUVER?
We will work where ever the project takes us and most of the design work can be completed from our home base and sent to you by email. For some projects, we will need to travel to the site or even accept delivery and complete interior styling installations. In these cases, travel and accommodation are at the Client’s expense.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Every project has a unique set of circumstances and timeline. Once our Design Retainer is received, we generally begin Concept Development within 3 to 12 weeks time. The scope will determine the amount of time needed to complete the design phases, however permitting and construction are not within our scope.
WHAT DO WE RECEIVE?
Every project has it’s own set of scope and services, however because we work in a permit environment we provide you with a complete set of construction documents in a Project Binder that contain:
- Architectural Schematics (for permit submission)
- Interior Design Schematics
- Kitchen & Bath Design Schematics
- Interior Elevations & Millwork Details
- Interpretive Drawings (3D’s, materials & finishes)
- Equipment Cut-Sheets (Appliances & Plumbing)
All General Contractors are provided digital copies of these documents. As changes are updated during the project you will receive digital copies to print and add to your binder.
DO YOU PROJECT MANAGE?
Well, yes and no. For large projects “Project Management” is left to the General Contractor and we provide “Project Review” services. Believe us when we state this is fluid and cohesive, it works. For small projects, we work with the homeowner to provide a schedule and order of operations as most projects hinge around cabinetry and countertop production and installation. For interior styling projects, yes, absolutely we manage all parts of the process for you.
WHAT SHOULD MY BUDGET BE?
This is a good question and we work with a lot of clients whom have never worked with a designer or even completed a construction project before. A kitchen project starts at $40,000 and up, and a bathroom starts at $35,000 and up. Interior Styling projects have budgets starting at $30,000. New construction or large-scale renovation projects generally start at $75,000 and up. Our recommendation is that you visit shops and suppliers in Railtown, Gastown, the Armoury District, and around Cambie/Broadway. This is the core of our work and you will be able to view products and see what the costs of some things are.