FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q / HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I NEED AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
You’re considering new construction, an addition, renovation, or remodel, and you need an interior designer to complement your structural engineer, or in the case of larger projects, your architect, and focus on the daily functionality and details of the interiors.
Your space lacks flow and functionality for your lifestyle.
You know the interiors you want, but you don’t know how to create it.
You want help incorporating new furnishings with existing ones or within a historic building.
You lack the time or desire to research the possibilities and tradespeople, narrow down the options, and manage all the logistics.
You want to minimize expensive mistakes and the cost of fixing them.
Q / AT WHAT STAGE OF MY PROJECT TO I ENGAGE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
The best time to consider hiring a designer is at the very beginning of your project and after you have a general idea of the scope and budget of your project. We can help prioritize scope, provide ideas you didn’t think of, and help make initial cost-benefit trade-offs. Our extensive knowledge-base helps you save time otherwise spent on researching, and we work with architects, structural engineers, and builders from the conceptual stage to make sure that no costly changes are needed mid-construction.
Q / HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
The Form + Field style is eclectic modernism that integrates easily with both modern and historic architecture, and a mix of antique, vintage, and contemporary furnishings and art. We help you find the best version of your style, and our look is unified across projects through adherence to our design principles:
Individualism. Do what feels true to the client’s identity and embrace the unconventional.
Integration. Work holistically with all senses, the architecture, and surroundings.
Purpose. Everything must be either beautiful or functional, and ideally both.
Balance. Create balance through the juxtaposition of opposites.
Timelessness. Design to stand the test of time.
Q / HOW MUCH WILL AN INTERIOR DESIGNER COST?
Depending on the level of budget for your specific scope of work, turn-key interior design services will cost approximately 10-20% of your overall budget (including permit fees, construction, finishes, furnishings, shipping/freight, etc.). We offer hourly fees as well as fixed fees depending on your preference.
We share our trade discount on certain purchases and that will often significantly offset the project management fees.
Q / DOES FORM + FIELD HAVE A MINIMUM PROJECT SIZE?
Our standard minimums are as follows:
Furnishings projects: $10K minimum in fees, $50K minimum in budget
Renovation projects: $15K minimum in fees, $80K minimum in budget
On a selective basis, we’ll take on lower budget projects from time to time. Call us directly if you’d like your project to be considered.
Q / HOW DO I BEGIN A PROJECT WITH FORM + FIELD?
To kick-off the process, please fill out our project form. We’ll reach out within 24 hours to schedule a 30 minute phone call to learn more about each other. If the project is a mutual fit, then we’ll schedule an on-site consultation to dive deeper and begin the proposal for work.
Q / HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?
For renovation and new construction projects, the process can take as long as 1 to 3 years end to end depending on the scope and permitting process of your city. For smaller renovations such as a single kitchen or bathroom, the overall timeline can be as short as 6 to 9 months.
For furnishings-only projects, the process is typically 6 to 12 months depending on complexity and scope. With the right conditions, we can accommodate shorter timelines.
The best results are always produced when there is enough time to consider every detail of your project.