Approach and Fee Structure

A stylish home doesn’t just happen – it is carefully researched, planned and assembled. Design mistakes are often expensive or, at the very least, embarrassing. Whether you are a new homeowner without much money to lavish on décor, or are about to launch into a major re-structuring of your home, we can be of assistance.

We can do as much, or as little, as you need. We can fully oversee your project from start to finish or we can write a full specification for you to pass to a local contractor. Whether you are looking for something completely new, or simply wishing to change your colour scheme and add defining touches to an existing interior, Dufour Designs can help create a unique living environment, tailored to your individual requirements and lifestyle. And often, it’s the smallest design details in a house that really turn it into a home…. We can create bespoke furniture tailor-made to your needs, or even commission individual art pieces.

When you choose to use an interior designer to help you transform your home, you probably have a fairly clear idea of how much money you’re happy to invest in the project – and a rather vaguer one of what you’d actually like to achieve.

You’ll want to tell us as much as possible about your design aspirations. And we’ll want to know all about them – so that we can turn them into a stunning reality that meets, or, better still exceeds your expectations. But, the chances are, you’ll feel less inclined to tell us about the budget? And we need to know about that too!

In order to create the home of your dreams, preferably without exceeding whatever budget you have in mind, we need to establish at the outset the maximum budget that you’ are able to allocate to the project, and what your priorities are. Not so that we can charge you accordingly, but just so that we make viable suggestions whilst making every effort to keep the total spend within your budget.

Similarly, it is important that we understand where your priorities lie. For example, there is no point in our proposing the perfect pair of £6,000 designer sofas, when you would accept ones at a third of that cost in order to then justify splurging out on the fabulous rug, fireplace or artwork that you’ve set your heart on!

The purpose of this document is:
A. Firstly, to explain the five optional phases available for interior design projects that we can undertake on your behalf.
B. And, finally, to help you think about your priorities in advance of our first meeting, so that we can approach your job with a clear brief (The clearer your instructions to us, the better value you will get from our service, as less time will be wasted exploring unsuitable ideas).
The process
Most projects have the following five stages.
Once each stage is complete the decision to
proceed to the next one is yours.
Each stage
1. Initial consultation
2. Preliminary ideas and design direction
3. Design development/ room concepts
4. Scope of work & working drawings for contractors
5. Project co-ordination and on-site attendance

One - Initial consultation

In general, this meeting should last no longer than 90 minutes. The initial consultation takes place in your home, within days of you first contacting us. This is your opportunity to show us the space, present us with your ideas and ask us any questions you have about how we work. From our discussion, your brief and requirements, we’ll follow up the meeting with a fee proposal for the envisaged project.