Who are your typical clients?
My clients and their circumstances vary, but I typically have 2-types of clients;
1. The majority are very busy bachelors who work (and/or travel) a lot. They know they want to improve and invest in their interior but they have no idea how to. They also don’t want to – they would rather hand ball it to me. They have an eye for style and appreciate good quality furniture, finishes and fixtures. They don’t want to rush the job and the most common brief I hear is “I want to do this properly, once”. See the Transform Service if this sounds like you.
2. Some of my clients don’t need to overhaul a space, but instead, make a few updates whether it be some renovation, final touches, or just need some new furniture items. Some gents take the bull by the horns with their own interior project and just need some expert advise and confidence when it comes to decision making or looking for additional ideas. The Advise packages range from 1 to 10 design hours.
Some of my clients have a vision of what they want but the majority don’t. They like what they see when they see it, but it is my job to create a vision they didn’t know existed, that is perfectly tailored to them, their space and their lifestyle.
I’m interested getting a quote for your interior design services. How do I go about doing that?
I would love to hear about your project! Head to the contact page to introduce yourself and I will get in touch to so you can give me an overview of what your interior needs are.
How long does it generally take to improve an interior from start to finish?
A project timeline is dependent on a lot of variables because every single project is unique. A timeline will be different if there is renovation work to do compared to if it is just new furniture, or if it is a couple of rooms compared to an entire house. Other considerations are contractors availabilities – great tradesmen (such as the ones I work with!) are busy, because they are good and are worth the wait.
At a minimum, a Designer Man Cave interior takes anywhere from 8 weeks from the design stage to completion if furniture is being custom ordered and manufactured in Australia. If furniture is being ordered from overseas, the minimum lead-time for completion is 14 weeks.
All of these details will be discussed with you as your scope of works is defined. One of my mantras is “great things can’t be rushed”. I take my responsibility as a designer very seriously, and like to deliver quality, well thought out designs to every client.
If you are working with me on an hourly pack basis, we chat at the beginning about how to best utilise my time and skills for exactly what you need assistance with.
How does payment work? Do you offer packages or is it an hourly rate?
I don’t like surprises and I know my clients don’t either, so with larger projects, design fees are packaged for you up front and are tailored specifically for your job. A payment schedule is given to you with the scope of works, so you know what is due for payment and when.
Hourly packs are purchased up front.
I’m starting fresh so need everything for a new home – kitchen items, towels, bedding, appliances etc. Can you help me set it up?
Absolutely! There is an optional Designer Man Cave service for that exact purpose. This is a personal shopping and styling service to get you all sorted to arrive in your new home and start living in it immediately, all without having to step foot in a shop. You have the option of coming with me to shops I recommend, to assist you in making decisions on the spot. Alternatively, if you truly hate shopping, I can go on your behalf, with a budget and shopping list of everything you need.
This optional service is charged at an additional fee based on your requirements.
I have no idea what to do when it comes to my home and I have no time to make any improvements. Can you take it all off my hands?
Of course I can – that is my specialty and one of the most common questions from my new clients! There will be certain stages you will need to be contactable so you can approve the design and allow access to your place, but other than that, I handle the rest of it so you don’t have to.
I rent, so only need help with space planning and new furniture. Is that possible?
Yes it is. I understand that everyone’s living situation is unique to them. As a renter for many many years, I know exactly what the challenges are of living in a space that isn’t yours to change.
How involved do I have to be when it comes to the design process?
At a minimum, you need to be available for an initial site visit and two meetings (one for me to present the design direction and the other to show you all the sourced items for your approval before everything is purchased). If you don’t have availability to be at your place to give access to contractors, installers and delivery drivers, then I can take care of that for you. We discuss all of this in detail at the beginning of the process.
I travel a lot for work, so I’m not very available. Does this matter?
Not at all. I have had multiple clients hand me a set of keys at the beginning of the project so I can take care of everything on their behalf.
I don’t know any tradesmen. Do you have some that can do the job to fix my interior?
Thats ok, because I organise all of that for you. I have great relationships with a variety of contractors so no matter what your interior needs, I have the right person for the job. My tradesmen are reliable and produce quality work for all Designer Man Cave interiors.
I have a few pieces of furniture that I would like to keep, is that ok?
Absolutely! Your belongings are exactly that – yours, and I respect any furniture you wish to hang onto. Not all interior projects have a blank canvas to work with, so I’m more than happy incorporate your furniture into new interior scheme.
What is the benefit of an expensive piece of furniture compared to a cheap one?
I could honestly talk about this one all day!
I shared some of my knowledge in this article about budgeting for an interior and no doubt there will be more resources to come about this topic. In a nutshell when it comes to furniture, you get what you pay for. I don’t specify cheap furniture that has a short lifespan, because it goes against everything I believe about design and creating an interior that will last for years to come. I feel I have a big responsibility as a designer when it comes to the topic of sustainability. The less I can contribute to landfill and the more I can be kind to our planet, the better.
My place doesn’t need an entire renovation – it is just a couple of rooms I’d like to start improving. Is that possible?
It sure is – I understand that not everyones interior requires a complete overhaul whether is for practical reasons, budget reasons, or whatever else. No matter how big or small you think your interior project is, check out the services we offer.
What does a home improvement cost?
The magic question that everyone wants to know and that I and no one I know has an answer to! How long is a piece of string!?
From my experience over the years from my projects and from others that I’ve seen, whatever that initial budget figure is that you’ve got in your head right now- double it.
I am upfront with my clients from the very beginning and I am very realistic about what things cost and what is achievable with an allocated budget. Part of that ‘double it’ amount also includes all the nitty gritty expenses that you might not anticipate, like delivery costs, extra renovation work you hadn’t factored in, falling in love with that perfect piece of furniture you didn’t know existed until now….
How did you come about designing spaces for men?
Like all good niches in life, I fell into mine accidentally. You can read all about it here.
Do you have a question that you still need answered? Head to the contact page, give me a call (or email) and I will get it answered for you!