Nikki’s background in custom millwork design allows her to provide not only to her clients, but also to colleagues in the industry with professional, detailed, shop ready style drawings.
From my experience in the industry I often saw the many challenges in the design to quote process that contractors and their clients, or designers and their clients encounter; especially if your intentions are to receive multiple quotations. There are no “set” structures throughout the industry in terms of how a design becomes translated to a quotation and the fees associated. Here are a few scenarios from my experience over the years.
SCENARIO 1: Millwork company “A” will only create a floor plan of the space for pricing purposes; and the plan remains the property of the company unless the client chooses to pay for drawings or move forward by providing a signed contract and deposit. CHALLENGES: Various companies use this method which means there is a lot of hassle involved to try and figure out what may or may not have been included in the floor plan and price, as there are no elevations to visually reference. For example, how many drawers were included? What type of accessories for full functionality did they account for? Did you envision your kitchen with some glass doors, open shelves or corbel details? These all affect the price of your cabinetry and are details clients often overlook or do not consider.
SCENARIO 2: Millwork company “B” will do drawings for free… CHALLENGES: Free does not equal quality. It also means that this company is going to try and spend as little time as possible with the client figuring out what they want and in producing the drawings. I have been in multiple meetings with clients who had received “full working drawings” from millwork company “B”, and numerous times I pointed out details that were missing that the client was completely unaware of; or the details were not explained to them at all. Next thing you know their $30,000 kitchen turned into a $40,000 kitchen because the specifics were lacking.
SCENARIO 3: Millwork company “C” charges a fee to complete drawings and allocates one consultation appointment prior to starting any drawings, and follows up with one review appointment once they are completed. CHALLENGES: This is ideal for clients who may be dedicated to one company in particular. However, if you intend to shop the drawings it means meeting with several companies and their in house designers to review the drawings you have paid for. From my experience, this is where a designers vision and difference of opinions can leave the client confused about what they really want in their cabinetry. Sometimes the client even expressed to me that there was no “connection” with the in house designers, therefore they didn’t trust them enough to complete this task. Another challenge is if the client is working with you (the designer or contractor) on the rest of the home, the in house designer often doesn’t know the whole scope or design concept for the project. So then it’s a matter of: Does your millwork design compliment the interior design of your home? I have personally seen many cases in which it does not, and as a professional – it is heartbreaking when this happens.
In between all of the scenarios above, your client has to meet and review their wish list with multiple showrooms, multiple in house designers and understand the all various products each may be offering. In the end comparing “apples to apples” is not usually the case.
Instead of having you or your client chase down answers from various companies to ensure apples are being compared, why not have the design come from one source that can interpret your vision for your client through industry professional drawings. This will result in less back and forth for all parties, and uses everyone’s time (and your clients money) more efficiently. From my experience, efficiency with time and money result in very happy clients. My services offer one set of fully detailed, industry professional drawings which can be used to shop with company A, B, and C.
Contact Nikki today to discuss drawings fees and what is included for you and your clients.