WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
How Much Does It Cost?
Every project is unique so it is impossible to asses cost without meeting you and reviewing your site.
MEET & GREET – If you would like to schedule a half-hour meeting at our studio location to discuss your project and priorities, determine a starting budget, we would be happy to provide this to you at no additional charge. We can review what type of project documentation is required for your project.
INITAL CONSULTATION – Otherwise, all of our projects begin with an mandatory 90-minute Initial Consultation at your home for $350.00 + 5% G.S.T. This consultation begins the Design Programming phase of your project and it is an important step in understanding the scope to design, renovate and furnish your home. Following this meeting we will provide you with a Proposal and Letter of Agreement.
It is impossible to tell how much of a design budget and project budget you will really need without understanding more. All of our projects are billed with a fixed fee, task-based scope. The average kitchen or bathroom take 120 hours or a complete interior design project can take up to 300 hours, or more. We are a professional practice with professional designations, business licenses and insurances therefore we charge appropriately for all our services.
Are You Insured or Licensed?
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 (1:2) NKBA Certified Members in the City of Vancouver with both Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer appellations, one of ten (1:10) provincial, and one of fifty-five (1:55) nationally.
What is a CKD or 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 You Work Outside the Lower Mainland?
We will work where ever the project takes us and most of the design work can be completed from our home base. We do not believe in “Online” or “E-Design” but technology allows us to work in places we never have before. 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.
How Do I Know What My Budget Should 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. 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.