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Many fears and misunderstandings are generated by the different way interior designers charge for what appears to be a similar service. An important part of our policy is to offer a no-obligation first meeting that is completely free of charge.

You can test the water without any risk and if you decline our services we promise not to hound you. For maximum flexibility we incorporate two break points in our fee structure. This allows you to determine precisely the level of involvement our company has in your project. The following fee structure is for residential clients being served by one of our design professionals. Commercial contracts, overseas commissions and large public buildings are subject to detailed quotation.

Design Stage
Initial Meeting - Free of charge.
Subsequent Meetings - £100+ VAT call out - £95+ VAT per hour pro rata.
Design Fee - as quoted from £750+ VAT per room, including moodboard (minimum design fee for any one commission is £1,500.00+ VAT). The design fee covers sourcing of fabrics, wall and floor coverings, provision of samples and brochures and standard room survey.
3D Drawings - color rendered 3D drawings of room schemes can be provided at a cost of £250+ VAT, if client requires.
Sourcing of furniture, light fittings and accessories - this is recommended to achieve the full implementation of the designed interior.

Progress Stage
Contracts and planning - All design drawings required to detail the project are included in the design fees. Drawing alterations beyond those considered reasonable during the collaborative design process are charged at £95+ VAT per hour. Photocopies are charged at cost. Preparation and submission of appropriate application for consent to local authority, if required - £95+ VAT per hour pro rata.
You may choose to implement the designs yourself at this stage. The design materials and drawings supplied will facilitate this.

Building and Decorating Specifications - Once the design is approved the Client has the option to commission full building and decorating specifications for each room. These are highly desirable documents used to detail the works required to the contractor for quotation purposes and to guide the activities of the contractor during the project itself. These are priced from £250.00+ VAT for a small room up to £500.00+ VAT for a kitchen or bathroom. Living, dinning room.
From this point you are fully equipped to find, appoint and manage your own contractor if you so wish.

Co-ordination of Contractors - Following Client approval of design drawings and the commission of full specifications we can obtain an estimate from one of our recommended contractors. Once the estimate has been approved and the Contractor appointed the work is co-coordinated by Excella. The commission for this service is 12.5% of the contractor's final account.

Supply Stage Supply of Materials (Residential) - Fabrics, wallpapers, furniture, accessories, floor coverings etc. can be supplied at competitive prices. A detailed quotation is supplied for Client's approval prior to placement purchasing order.
Supply of Materials (Commercial) - We charge a negotiated handling commission based on a percentage of the total cost price of the supply contract. We reserve the right to decide the commercial status of any potential project and proof of status will be required.
Disbursements - Standard postage, telephone, travel within the M25 and parking are included. Overseas phone calls and faxes charged at cost. Photocopies of design drawings are charged at cost. Special courier charged at cost.
Payment of Account - A design fee deposit of 50% is payable upon engagement with the remainder payable upon delivery of moodboard or design drawings. A deposit of 75% (100% in the case of fabrics, trimmings, wall coverings and bespoke furniture items) against detailed quotation for materials is required to facilitate ordering. Remainder payable upon terms set out in the agreement letter.

NOTE: All fees and charges are subject to VAT at the current rate.
 



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