Signature Designs is an award-winning design company specializing in interior design for residential, commercial and small businesses. We have been designing creative and innovative spaces for Houston and abroad for over 15 years. We work to create a fluid environment where all the elements are complementary, creating a sophisticated atmosphere that reflects your personality and lifestyle.We pride ourselves on providing the most stylish, yet functional spaces that are tailored to each client's budget. We offer guidance throughout the entire design process whether you are purchasing furniture, remodeling or revamping your interior space. Our goal is to bring your vision to life through function, form, and fusion.
The Interior Design Process
Taking the mystery out of interior design starts with understanding the process. Knowing what to expect from your Interior Designer and knowing what is expected from you makes the experience enjoyable and gratifying. Let’s look at the steps involved keeping in mind that each project is unique and the steps may be adjusted as needed to accommodate the different needs of each client.
During the programming phase, the client's needs and objectives are identified. This step enables us to determine your needs, how you use the space and your expectations regarding the design of your home or office. We will go over your budget, our fees and costs and the timeline for completion. We want our clients to understand how we work and the mechanics of the interior design process. We will be there guiding you through the design process with our recommendations because we want you to be comfortable with the decisions to bring your vision to life. During this phase, we also discuss any ideas and thoughts you may have and evaluate any photos you may have collected that demonstrate what you envision. Measurements and photos are taken of the space to be worked on at this time.
After the Design Consultation, we will prepare a contract outlining our services and fee structure for your review. Once you approve, contracts are signed and professional fees are paid, the interior design process begins.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN + DEVELOPMENT
In this phase, we will present our plans and ideas for your review and final approval. Our presentation includes floor plans, elevations, color schemes, finishes, furniture, fabrics, and equipment. Cost estimates are prepared. We want to be sure you are absolutely comfortable with all selections and ideas before you approve and we move forward.
CONSTRUCTION + INSTALLATION
This is the final stage where things are built and installed. Upon approval of the interior design presentation, a detailed quote itemizing all selections and costs is prepared. Once approved, the invoice signed and deposits made, then your materials are ordered, contractors are scheduled and the design process is set in motion. When construction or renovation is complete the furnishings have arrived, the window treatments and bed coverings completed, everything will be professionally installed. The final layer will be selected and careful placement of accessories to achieve the full effect.
The designer is often onsite during "installation" to ensure items are received in good condition, installed correctly, and that documents have been followed properly. We will collaborate with architects, builders or any contractors to create the space you envision. If contractors are needed to complete specific aspects of the project, we can recommend qualified, experienced people whose work we know and value.
Be assured we will be there every step of the way managing your project from start to finish to ensure you are not only satisfied with the end result but feel tremendous pride and satisfaction every time you walk into your space.
INTERIOR DESIGN FEE STRUCTURES
Designers use a variety of fee structures. Most designers charge using one of the following fee structures or a combination to suit a client's particular needs:
Retainer -- The client pays a sum up front to the designer for design services. The retainer is customarily paid upon signing the contractual agreement.
Fixed fee (or flat fee) -- The designer identifies a specific sum to cover costs, exclusive of reimbursement for expenses. One total fee applies to the complete scope of services proposed, from conceptual development through layouts, specifications, and final installation.
Hourly fee -- Compensation is based on the actual time that the designer consults on a project or specific service.
Percentage of project fee -- Compensation is computed as a percentage markup on the total project cost, including furnishings and services purchased or specified on behalf of a client.
Cost plus -- A designer specifies materials, furnishings, and services (e.g., carpentry, drapery workrooms, picture framing, etc.) at wholesale and sells to the client at the designer's cost plus a set percentage increase, or at retail rates or slightly less, to cover the designer's fee and services.
Per square foot -- The designer charges fees based on the square footage of the project.