Anne Parsons Interiors is a full service Interior Design firm with studios in
San Diego, California and Fort Worth, Texas.
There is a common misconception that interior designers help their clients to choose paint, fabrics and furnishings (both custom and commercial) but that is all. While designers are concerned with the aesthetics of a space as it is all part of your design composition, it is important to note that professional interior designers have expertise across a range of areas. Given this, below we have answered some common questions to help you, the client or potential client, understand what a professional designer is trained and experienced in and how API prices our services. We work with outstanding General Contractors so our wealth of experience and knowledge is vast. Also, w're with you the whole way so you're never alone!
We are often asked, "What style do you design?"
We focus on each client's lifestyle and personality to tell their story, creating a style that uniquely reflects them. This approach along with considerations of the architecture and surroundings of the project produces a timeless and authentic environment.
Are you professionally affiliated or regulated?
Yes. Everyone on staff is at a minimum ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) affiliated and Terri Anne Parsons, our Owner and Principal Designer, is an Allied member of ASID and a Professional Member of NKBA. Anne Parsons Interiors has been a member of the Better Business Bureau of San Diego for over 13 years. Ms. Parsons also holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from San Diego Design Institute. These organizations regulate business practices and behavior of a design firm as their member and ensure you are getting quality professional design services by holding firms to a standard of ethics and business practices.
Have your projects been published anywhere?
Yes. Ms. Parsons' designs have been published numerous times in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine in the Before and After full page columns and the Tips From Designers columns. She has also written several articles for SDH&G's eClub which is the online version of the magazine.
What sets you apart from other designers?
Our Principal and Owner instills a sense of urgency to design for our clients, We listen to the frustrations our clients have with their spaces and we care about your project as if it were our own home or office AND wallet. We program with your family and observe in real time family functions (esp in the case of a kitchen design) which really helps us see what is going on functionally, what works and what doesn't and what our clients are hoping to change in their new space. Then, we use what we know in addition and present our ideas to the client for their approval. We make whatever changes to that conceptual design according to client wishes. Then and only then do we move forward with construction.
What is your track record for bringing projects in on time and within budget?
Ms. Parsons is extremely focused on adhering to a track record of bringing projects on time and within budget. That's not to say that budgets do not change and most of the time add 10-20% in cost and time estimates. However, we do our best to estimate both cost and time of completion at the beginning of the project. Whether we hit a snafu along the way due to an unforeseen problem or the client adds something we do our best to explain any issues along the way so there is never a surprise to our clients on either estimate.
What is your interior design philosophy?
We listen to our clients and really "hear" what they are asking for. For example, when it comes to our kitchen remodel clients during the programming phase, we physically observe them during a breakfast and/or dinner service while they cook for the family and clean up. Then we evaluate the functioning (or dis-functioning) and listen to the frustrations as well as the "boy I sure would like this and that's." A designer cannot effectively design for a client without first-hand knowledge of the client's lifestyle and wishes. Period.
What is your experience in my type of project?
Our experience is extremely varied and we have excellent General Contractors who work with us along the way. So, if we haven't seen it they certainly have and that goes both ways! We also work with a network of professionals within our association memberships so there is nothing we cannot research within all these means to provide solutions.
What challenges do you see with my project?
These things would be determined after your initial consultation and perhaps even after some programming. An initial consultation is the best way to discover challenges with your project. However, whatever the challenges as a team we will face them together!
Will I work with you directly or with contractors?
Both. You will mostly work with your designer directly which is preferred so that we can ensure design intent throughout the project and it helps to lessen confusion when the client has one entity conveying information from client to subcontractors and back again. There are times when the contractor will explain things directly to the client which helps clients get a full understanding and all questions are answered. Designers can head some things off at the pass giving the client freedom to spend their time more efficiently. Depending on how you want to pay for contract work, you may work directly with your contractor in that regard. API offers the option of managing your projects after approved concept. This is a valued service and well worth the cost of hiring our team giving our clients the peace of mind that we have it well in-hand.
What fees are included in your basic service?
There is a pricing structure explained during our initial consultation. It varies by project and depends on how you want to structure it. To get started for just a meet and greet (approx. 1 hr) there is no charge. If you would like a longer consultation regarding color coordination, accompanying the client to a flooring store, giving advice on accessory placement or to run a bigger project past us for an estimate on time and cost as well as advise or plan review, this would require the client schedule an Initial Consultation which has a $250 fee and entails approximately 3 hrs of consultation with a designer. For this type of consultation everything discussed is assimilated into a 'Consultation Summary" typed up for the client to refer to in the future. Should the client sign a Design Agreementto move forward with API putting together a full project with Design Concept, the consultation fee of $250 is deducted from your concept fee ($1000 minimum contract). After the client signs off on the concept we move into production which has its own pricing structure depending on how involved the client wants API to be when it comes to purchasing, receiving and inspection of product, scheduling and ensuring design intent with contractors. Most clients hire API to manage the entire project.
What services would incur additional fees?
Additional costs are incurred primarily when we go outside of the original project scope. For example if we find mold in the bathroom walls or asbestos is found in an area that is going to be disturbed and we need to have it professionally removed the client will incur additional costs. API concept fees can be based on exact time recording or fixed fee. Most clients choose a fixed fee. Estimated costs are conveyed to our clients via estimated budgets provided to the client during their Design Concept presentation. We do our best to anticipate and inform of any cost overruns which may occur.
When your space isn’t working for you a professional designer can design a solution which is safe, healthy, and will better suit your lifestyle.
If you have further questions or would like to arrange a consultation appointment, please contact us through the various means listed on this web site. Let's get started so we get your projects finished!
Terri Anne Parsons, Allied ASID, NKBA, B.F.A. Interior Design
Owner and Principal Interior Designer
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