Whether you’re redecorating, completing a renovation, or building from scratch, mecc interiors inc. believes that there are elements and principles that should be incorporated into all designs, regardless of how modest or extravagant your budgeted project investment.
No matter the size of your project, it can seem overwhelming, particularly if this is your first time. This process is a collaboration, not a dictatorship; we encourage interaction so that you know all the details about your project from concept through completion.
What Can you Expect in the Very Beginning?
Step 1: Getting to Know You Phone Call
During our initial phone conversation, we want to learn about you and the work you’d like to have done. What are your expectations upon completion? Are there any pressing timelines? Have you considered your level of investment? We’ll ask you a series of questions and address any questions or concerns you might have about mecc interiors inc. or the design process.
This is not a five-minute conversation, so please be prepared to take some time to discuss your wants and needs.
If we’re both happy with the conversation and feel we’d make a great team in transforming your home, we’ll move to…
Step 2: Site Visit & Lifestyle Analysis
There are many facets to this phase, which begins after we have mutually decided we’ll make a great team and you have retained our services. While we get our first in-person look at your home, we’ll review your requirements and wishes for the redesigned space, taking into consideration your lifestyle and other critical factors for design success.
Unless you have already provided some rough measurements and photos of the existing space, we’ll take pictures and preliminary dimensions that will aid us in preparing your Scope of Work and playing with preliminary design plans.
Before we leave, we’ll have meeting #2 scheduled to review the next phase…
Step 3: Confirmed Scope of Work & Letter of Agreement
This meeting may seem like it should be completed via email but, because it is a critical step, we meet in person to review the Scope of Work in detail, the Fee Proposal, and our Letter of Agreement. It helps to form the basis for a strong and open working relationship.
Depending on your project and preferences, there are different ways in which we can collaborate:
design and specification only of products and finishes;
design, specification, and expediting;
full design and project management.
Many of our clients appreciate not having to run around and do all the legwork, preferring to instead focus on the many other aspects of their busy lives.
These options will be presented and may be broken down into phases. The Scope of Work may shift slightly based upon the selected fee structure.
Step 4: Site Measure & Trade Day
This day normally occurs within two weeks after the letter of agreement is received. We will take detailed measurements and photographs of all the spaces involved in your project. Where appropriate, we will also arrange to have the trades people who will be working on your project come in and take their own measurements for estimating purposes. While this is a busy day, it saves time down the road. Over the course of the project, we will bring in any additional trades as necessary.
Step 5: Concept Development & Presentation
Carefully considered space planning is crucial to a well designed space and is always the starting point. Once the basics are established, we start to layer in the design scheme: colours, fabrics, furniture, fixtures, accessories and accents.
Drawings and 3D renderings are created. Samples and pictures are gathered. Quotes and pricing are researched and catalogued. In other words, this is where it all comes together and every detail is considered. At the end, you will be presented with carefully edited selections that represent the best choices for your space.
If we are assisting with furniture selection or taking care of expediting, we will also present what we feel are the best options to suit your lifestyle, design, and budget.
Throughout this step, there will be a fair amount of communication and there may be intermediate meetings to discuss certain elements of the design. Creating the design scheme is a time-consuming process and may require several weeks, depending on the scope of your project.
Step 6: Scheduling
A timetable is developed for purchasing and ordering, work to be done by trades, and final installation. This schedule will be adjusted along the way to accommodate unforeseen circumstances, such as product delays or changes to the Scope of Work. Please be aware that most projects take several months to complete. The lead time on furniture alone can be 12-16 weeks.
Step 7: Confirmation of Orders & Purchasing
Before any trades are hired or items are purchased on your behalf you will receive a confirmation of order that details the work to be done or item to be purchased along with all known associated costs. Confirmations of orders are the safety net to make sure we stay on the same page throughout the design execution and nothing gets purchased without your approval.
You will receive two copies of each confirmation of order — one for your records, and one that you will sign and return to our office with a 50% deposit. For fabric, antiques, and other off-the-shelf items, payment must be made in full when the work order is approved. The balance on each order will be due when the merchandise is ready for delivery or when services provided by trades are substantially completed.
Step 8: Trades Begin Work & Project Management
If there is work to be done by trades and mecc interiors inc. is involved in the project management, we schedule the work around the pre-determined schedule and purchases. Your kitchen will not be immediately removed if the cabinetry will not be ready for another 12 weeks.
Step 9: Installation & Styling
This is where the vision becomes reality. All work by trades has been completed. Now the furniture is delivered, window treatments are installed, rugs laid, accessories placed, and art hung. If it can be arranged, we have it all done on the same day so you get that “Wow!” effect when you come home.
Styling is what elevates your space to magazine quality status. It refers to adding those finishing touches and follows a different process than the rest of the design. Before the installation, we’ll go to a number of suppliers and choose various accessories for your space. This could include art, lamps, throws, vases, candles, and other types of accessories. On installation day, they’ll be placed throughout your space. mecc interiors inc. will provide you with the cost of each item and you’ll have a day or two to decide what you want to keep. You’ll pay for what’s staying and we’ll return anything you don’t want.
Step 10: Punch List
A punch list consists of all the little things at the end of a project that are left outstanding or need attention (such as paint touch-ups or a missing lamp). We’ll go through each room together and compile the list, then arrange to have each thing on the list addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible. If there’s something that’s not right, don’t worry… we’ll make sure it gets taken care of and that you’re 100% satisfied.
Step 11: Miscellaneous Extras
This step is the catch-all for all the “while we’re at it, we might as well…” things that get added to the “to do” list throughout the project. These items will be handled in conjunction with the original project but will be budgeted and invoiced under a separate agreement as an addendum to the original contract. Wherever possible, additional work will be fit into the schedule to maximize on time and materials.
Relax. Settle in. & Enjoy!