FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost?
It is really hard to answer this question as every brief is unique. We work out our fees based on an hourly rate. After an initial meeting with you, we will prepare a Design Agreement which will state the number of hours we anticipate spending on your project and what you can expect to receive in this time. This is then a set fee and will not alter unless the brief changes. So, unlike many elements of extensive building works, there will be no nasty surprises from us.
How does it work?
We always start with an initial meeting in your home or place of work so that we can see your space; meet you and get to find out a bit more about you, your family and how you use the space. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask us questions and establish if we are the right practice for you.
Following this we go away and write up a Design Agreement which outlines the brief discussed; the time we will spend on your project; and what information you can expect from us in that time. It is really important you are happy with this document as it forms the brief. At this stage, we would urge/encourage you to feel free to make changes or add anything we may have missed. Once you are happy with the document this will be the brief that is answered.
We usually stage the process in 3-4 stages-
Space Planning- If your project involves a new extension or the layout to be reconfigured, we will produce scaled plans showing you a number of schematic options that will achieve your objectives for your home. We can then go on to take one of the options forward to the next stage.
Concept Design- Ideas and inspiration pulled together, usually with a visual showing your actual space and how it could look. This stage includes a colour concept, style of furniture, lighting, types of finishes, and general styling. Some of my clients feel this is enough to get them inspired and motivated with their project and at this point they take it back on themselves. Others like further help and will appoint us to develop the project in the next phase.
Design Development- In this phase we will develop the design, giving a clear specification of furniture, finishes and fixings. We will also detail up and provide lighting plans and construction drawings for bespoke joinery items that you can give to your contractors to produce. This way you can be confident that you will receive what is expected from your builders/joiners/electricians etc.
Project Management- Building work is incredibly stressful and waiting in for deliveries very time consuming. We can take this stress away by working on your behalf to liaise with builders/contractors and to take delivery of items. Regular site meetings and support can give you the confidence that your project will run smoothly.
How much we get involved in your job is up to you. We can tailor-make our services to your needs from inspiring you at the concept phase right through to project management and anything in between.
Do you project manage?
Yes. Let us take the stress for you.
What area do you cover?
Based in Reading, we cover Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Hampshire and London. Growing up in Hertfordshire, we also cover this area too. However, if you have an incredibly interesting project or particularly unusual property, we will find it hard to resist and would travel almost anywhere.
Do you design for commercial/business clients?
Absolutely. We have extensive experience designing for commercial clients such as M&S, Wagamamas, Prudential, Champneys Health Resort and Carlsburg to name a few.
Can you recommend trades people?
Unlike many designers we will not take a commission from trades people which means we have no affiliation to any one company. We believe this is the fairest way to represent our clients. Having building work done is very exposing; you are allowing complete strangers into your home. You need to have a good relationship with them and that means that different teams are suited to different people. As such, we do not recommend professionals and trades people ourselves. However, we are able to support our clients in the selection process by meeting with them and asking the right questions. We will also pass on details of trades people and professionals that our clients have happily used, but always urge our clients to make their own judgement before appointing anyone. Get recommendations from people you know have had work done recently and make sure you see the work they have done. Most importantly, make sure you actually like the person leading the job - you will be spending a lot of time with them and you need to have a relationship where you feel confident to trust and question them.
What services do you offer?
We offer a full interior design service. That includes
Finishes and fixtures specification
Coordination with contractors, architects and installers
Researching sources for materials or products
Overall project management and overseeing installations
What is the difference between Interior Design and Interior Decoration?
At Reyne Design we feel there is a huge difference, and often the title of Interior Designer is used incorrectly. All of our designers at Reyne Design have a degree in Interior Design, which we worked really hard for. We also have years of experience working for design and architects firms with commercial clients. Design is problem solving- finding creative solutions to everyday problems. We use all our extensive knowledge in space planning, services, materials, lighting, accessibility and building regulations to answer your specific brief.
An interior decorator generally does not have this level of qualification and experience. Many people whose primary service is to make and provide custom made soft furnishings and curtains will trade as interior designers, offering some of the other services as a side line of the main objective of their business without the education and experience that a properly qualified interior designer will have.
When should I employ the services of an Interior Designer?
While a good designer can help you at any stage it would be most beneficial to get a designer on board at the earliest possible stage. As with any process having a good plan in place at the outset is the best path to success and can help to avoid costly mistakes and foresee issues. We can work from concept design, information gathering, purchasing and detailed design right through to the implementation. The final results will be evidence of thorough planning and involvement from the offset.
Why should I employ an Interior Designer?
There are a number of reasons to employ an interior designer, whether you need a little help or a lot. From inspiring and motivating you, to a furniture layout or help on planning and completing a complicated remodel or new extension, the advice and guidance of an Interior Designer is invaluable.
Having a professional Interior Designer on your team, who has the knowledge and experience of countless similar projects, as well as the information and expertise for finding the exact products and trades-people you need to get the best result for your project, is priceless. Working with an Interior Designer will help you to move seamlessly and efficiently through the project, as well as help you prevent costly mistakes. We will help you to maximise your budget, showing you where you need to spend your budget to have the biggest impact and where you can make savings without compromising the design.
How do you charge?
We work out our fees based on an hourly rate. After an initial meeting with you, we will prepare a Design Agreement which will state the number of hours we anticipate spending on your project and what you can expect to receive in this time. This is then a set fee and will not alter unless the brief changes. So, unlike many elements of extensive building works, there will be no nasty surprises from us.
Do you only do Interior Projects or do you venture outside too?
We have ventured outside and would be happy to do so again (see our Blog for the results). However we must stress we are Interior Designers and therefore will treat your outdoor space as an extension of your home. We will use all the same skills and principles as we would indoors to create an outdoor room for you. This, generally speaking, would be a concept in hard landscaping, lighting and furnishing. We do not have any knowledge on planting and any plants specified will be based purely on their aesthetics at the time of planting. We would rely on the input and combined relationship of an experienced gardener and landscaper to realise our designs.
What size projects do you work on? Is there a minimum?
In theory there is no minimum/maximum project size. However it is unlikely that any project would be achievable in under 3 hours work.
Won’t it be too expensive? I am a normal person not a millionaire with a large house.
We have access to exclusive suppliers, with products that can’t be found on the highstreet and who offer us discounts. We can also help you to avoid costly mistakes and will help you to maximise your budget, showing you where you need to spend to have the biggest impact and where you can make savings without compromising the design. The best way to keep a project within budget is to have a clear plan, with a clear specification. Last minute changes or decisions can be costly when it comes to construction. We can help you to ensure the project is well-planned to avoid situations like this. So in many ways we could even save you money.
Do you liaise with painters/carpenters etc on behalf of the client?
Yes, we offer a full project management service.
If you still have an unanswered question please get in contact