1. The IDEAS
Begin your project by building your ideas. First, you want to create a Priority List and organize it with the most important goals at the top. Second, jump over to Houzz and create a profile with an Ideabook – it works like an internet search. Third, assemble the existing plans of your residence with an Architectural Site Plan but if you do not have these we can complete them for an extra charge. Lastly, look over our projects and find out if you like us!
2. The CONTACT
With your ideas freshly solidified, your priority list and Houzz Ideabook, reach out to us to schedule a complementary 30 minute telephone conversation. We will probably ask you about your budget too. If we’re a good fit, we will want to set up an Initial Consultation. We work anywhere from Squamish to Kelowna and beyond, so please don’t be afraid to ask. We do charge for the in-home consultation and we’ll follow-up in a few days with a Proposal.
3. The CONCEPT
After you have accepted our Proposal and we have a Design Retainer in place, we create up to 2 Preliminary Layout Solutions and some Conceptual Sketches to indicate the design direction. We solidify with a CAD plan, and from here we want to select Appliances, cabinetry, countertops, tile, flooring, decorative elements, and lighting – so please be sure to have time available for us. We will provide you with plumbing selections based upon your budget and floor plan solution. Once we have our preliminary documentation together, we will catalogue them for you to connect with General Contractors. This process should take a few weeks.
4. The DESIGN
After the Preliminary Layout Solution is approved and we have the big selections made, we begin the Schematic Design Phase to produce Contract Documents (design plans & specifications.) There will be a few meetings together to go over the CAD drawings and 3D perspectives. Our final Project Documentation includes all the floor plans, elevations, and details to build the environment with specifications. This phase takes about 8 to 12 weeks (or more) and permit submission will take about 30 days.
5. The PRICE
Following the approval of the Contract Documents, your selected General Contractor begins to finalize the project budget, deposit amount, and schedule. From our side, we provide you with a detailed proposal of cabinetry and/or countertops that includes installation and delivery. Once a deposit is made, we order and produce cabinetry, etc. In addition, we procure soft-furnishings, decorative papers, window coverings, and accessories. Most order periods are about 8 to 12 weeks.
6. The BUILD
During the Contract Document Administration phase, we collaborate with the General Contractor to confirm any working drawing revisions as a result of demolition. We work with the project manager to confirm cabinetry delivery and installation, counter template, and any other decorative items we may have procured. In addition, we monitor the project from a design perspective – providing confirmations on rough-ins, tile and flooring layouts, finishing details and more. We are a part of the complete trouble-shooting team in conjunction with the selected builder or renovator to ensure a big-picture view on the work at hand. Once the paint dries, we schedule furniture delivery, window covering installations, and then set you up for the big reveal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Good design is an investment and it’s near impossible to tell because every client, home, and project is different. We packaged our all of our design services into fixed fee packages. There isn’t a “drag and drop” formula but a good gauge is about 7-10% of your project budget. Depending on our involvement and your budget, we will decide the best packaged fee scenario for your project.
We recommend that you start by calling or emailing us to tell us about your project, your goals, budget, and maybe include a few photos of problem spots. We can discuss our workload and make sure that you understand the process.
From there we will set up a mandatory 90-minute on-site Initial Consultation with Corey at a cost of $350 + 5% G.S.T. This consultation can work 2 ways:
DIY’ER – If you’re looking for professional advice on space planning, colour and material selections, or advice on the steps to get started we can help you with that. We can give you our list of resources.
PROJECT PROPOSAL – If you need more extensive design services, this consultation acts as an introduction to a complete scope assessment and design package proposal for your project.
All our projects are packaged into three tiers – the Concept Development, Design Plans & Documents, and Design Contract Administration. The smallest design retainer is $1500 + 5% G.S.T. and this is our minimum design fee. It’s best to discuss your needs with us so we can help you solve your design problems.
DO WE WORK OUTSIDE THE LOWER MAINLAND?
CKID will work anywhere the project will take us. Initially we will work via email or video conferencing with photos, site plans, any current plans you may have to decide if the project is possible. Once we understand the limits and scope, we schedule a 4-hour site consultation with Corey for $1500 + GST. All of the design and planning will be completed from our Vancouver base. Material/sample courier charges are extra. The client is responsible for all accommodation and travel.