* = Like, you know, someone who actually knows what they are doing.
After years of monastic-like reflection on my own personality, I've come to the conclusion that I cannot design. Some people have got it; I haven't. But what I can do is copy established designs or hire someone to design.
MyInteriorDesignOnline.com looked attractive to me because I'm an Amazon-type of guy. For some items, I would rather hit up Amazon Prime than hunt around stores.
That's why this site with the unwieldy name looked attractive. I could order up an interior room design online and have it arrive to me...in a box.
That's right. No wimpy .pdfs and .jpegs e-mailed to me. An actual, physical box with drawings, swatches, paint color samples, and more. Basically the same type of stuff you would get with an in-person interior design.
And they don't just dump the box on you and tell you good-bye. The price comes with a phone consultation and up to 5 e-mail exchanges.
Prices range from $750 for an entry/hallway to $2,000 for a kitchen. Price is the only part that gives me pause. Are these prices out-of-line with traditional in-person design services? I doubt it. So, this raises the question of whether we expect our online services to cost less than in-person services?
It comes down to proportion. If you are hiring people to remodel your kitchen and expect it to cost $40,000, then $2,000 isn't much proportionally: it's 5% of the budget. In fact, if you're going to be shelling out $40K, it's advisable to hire someone to plan for you.
But if you're DIYing on the cheap, and your kitchen remodel budget is $12,000, should you spend 17% on design? Your choice.
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