What to Expect at your First Consultation

Meeting us of course! We will meet you at your space, where we will take pictures, observe and ask you questions. This is our first meeting and we’re trying to learn about you, your space, and to figure out what’s best for you and your project. Here are a few things you can expect during a first consultation.

Your style likes… and dislikes.


It is just as important to understand what you like as what you dislike. Designers are visual people, we notice what you currently have in your spaces, what colors and textures you’re already surrounding yourself with and even your own personal style. So, let us know what you like in your home and what you wish was different.

What you can do to help us…

Although we’re great at imagining and discussing a space through words, quick sketches and hand gestures. We love for you to give us a visual idea of what you’re imagining. This can be a magazine cut out, a picture you took yourself or a few you found online. This helps us so much! And lastly, never be afraid to tell us something you don’t like! It doesn’t hurt our feelings and it is the only way we will know what will work for you!

Your space, your way.

We like to start at how you currently use your space and what your daily routines are. We want to discuss what does or doesn’t work for you. The smallest of details could make a big difference design wise! How you make your coffee in the morning, to where you drop your keys after getting into the house. We want design to meet your expectation of beauty and functionality. So, when we ask to see the insides of a closet hidden away, we’re not being nosey, we’re just trying to understand every aspect of your space.

What you can do to help us…

The days before the presentation, make note as to what isn’t efficient in your home and what you wish was different. Sometimes making a list of concerns or questions help our clients feel like they got the most out of the time we spend together. Remember, you may not see us face to face until our next meeting, which is when we typically show you our ideas!



It’s okay to dream big and we want you to! But we have a good understanding at the process behind those big dreams. With our years of construction management, we understand what needs to come first and what’s better to wait for. Saying this, all projects are different! The priority of a spaces remodel differ between people. Some feel the entrance of the home is a priority, because it’s the first impression. Other’s wish to prioritize more private spaces, like master bedrooms and bathrooms. Remember! There is no blanketed right answer, there is only the right answer for you.

What you can do to help us…

If your list feels big, think about what you want to prioritize first. Have a discussion with whoever is involved and what everyone’s expectations are. With this information we can optimize where to spend and where to save, and what timeline is most realistic for you.

Moving Forward

After our meeting, what we call the ‘first consultation’. You can expect a proposal—this will estimate our time and payment. After this is agreed upon, we will proceed to set up a date for us to meet, where we present you the designs we’ve come up with.

What you can do to help us…

After the proposal has been agreed upon, we will begin designing, this isn’t to say we haven’t already been brainstorming. However, the faster the proposal is agreed upon, the faster we can begin this process. The one thing you can help us moving forward from consultation to presentation is to make sure all has been said when we meet. After that, leave it up to us, and don’t worry, we will stay in touch!

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Use this checklist to prepare and discuss with whoever is involved and wants to dream too!

We hope this newsletter answered some ‘what-if’s’! If you have any other questions about the consultation, we would love to answer them! Feel free to reach out!
— Paige Williams Design Team