Dollars + Design

Vittoria Haritos Blog

This isn’t my first time writing about the importance of a budget for a project.  Giving your Interior Designer budget parameters is necessary for a successful project. It outlines expectations while giving us guardrails.  For instance, a floor material could be $2/ square foot or $25.  That material alone will have a huge impact in the overall cost of the project while also impacting the timeline. 

 
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We’ve taken home BRAGG awards in the Design on a Dime category for the past two years.  I believe that’s an incredible achievement! Creating a stunning interior on a tight budget is obviously more difficult than being given a high one.  The truth is, every client has a ceiling, I’ve yet to come across an unlimited budget.

 
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Last year the KEITH build-out, a 2,800 square foot workplace renovation, won the IIDA Design on a Dime BRAGG Award. This year that same project made it to the top ten of coolest offices in South Florida according to the SFBJ!  Our most recent affordable housing project, Silver Creek, won the same category during IIDA’s virtually BRAGG Awards last month.   

 
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Our Charter states,“we actively listen to our clients” and those aren’t just words on the wall. One of the ways we listen is in the conversation around budget.  We’re open and honest during the life of the project, considering how design changes could affect the budget. We typically engage GCs when necessary to shed light on this conversation for our clients.  I’m happy that we’re living up to that claim, while designing experiential spaces that transform people’s lives.

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