Hi Everyone! Sorry for the delay this week. Massive computer glitches and related IPhone issues…and now ANOTHER superstorm!! Life is never dull…that’s for sure…

But picking up where we left off, today let’s take a brief look at


This is pretty self-explanatory. Each foot of space calculates out to a specified dollar amount; and whether that amount is $22.00/PSF or $200.00/PSF the end result is the same. This is an “all in” fee (unless otherwise specified) that includes all the time, effort and contingencies that your designer expects to expend for creating and managing your project.

This type of fee works particularly well for loft spaces and open plan environments where room-to-room boundaries may be unclear, i.e. is it more kitchen or more family room?

And it’s a great way to frame your costs. Everyone can imagine what one square foot of tile looks like. Then you simply mulitpy out…to 400, 1000 or 10,000 square feet.

In what increments you pay this fee, and when, are specific to your project and to each designer.


More likely to be offered by a large firm, the Value-Based Fee addresses specific skills that the designer brings to the project, i.e., LEED Certification, Architectural experience, specific types of licensing for your state, schools attended (Royal College of Art as one example) and other specialites that may have VALUE to the client and speak directly to the Fees that the designer is charging.

It also addresses where the client sees value personally. Are you a woman who looks for bargins in clothing but splurges on expensive shoes? Are you a man who knows no bounds on electronics but drives a 5 year old car? Do you vacation locally or abroad?

Many of these factors will help the designer create a Value-Based Fee Structure that speaks to what’s important to you. More specifically, is having built-ins more valueable than the quality of the actual furnishings? Are climate issues like UV rays, minimizing heat/cold air flow from large windows and the expense of covering those windows more important than, say, good/specific lighting.

I am not a particular fan of this method of charging, and have not been won over, but there are many who think this is a great idea.

I leave it up to you…and your designer to decide what works best for you!

Next time, we’ll look at monthly and annual fee options that work well for larger projects ($500,000 +)

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