Creating beautiful spaces designed for comfortable living.
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TERA JANELLE DESIGN
a full service residential interior design team
With 15 years experience in construction design and furnishings, Tera Janelle Design specializes in turn-key renovations and ground-up new construction projects, guiding clients through every detail of the design, build, and furnishing process.
CREATING BEAUTIFUL SPACES
designed for comfortable living.
Forget about beautiful houses. We are focused on creating beautiful HOMES, pairing luxury with comfort to create beautiful, functional, and throw-up-your-feet spaces where families and friends do life together.
It has been 15 years since I began designing homes, and I still get excited for a new project every single time. In designing our clients' homes, much of our time is spent in front of a computer and spreadsheet and design drawings; navigating deadlines, budgets, shipping statuses, drywall dust, and the rumble of screw guns. It is not nearly the luxurious designer-life many imagine, but being a part of the construction and design process has captivated me from the very beginning. I grew up with a contractor father and a gardening mother. They built our Wisconsin farmhouse and truly made it a place to gather. Everyone was welcome and there was a deeply felt sense of comfort, belonging, and HOME for all who visited.
I am honored to be entrusted with creating that same sense of HOME for our clients, and we value the trust you are putting in our team! We embrace the responsibility to ensure the design is functional, thoughtful, and timeless so you continue to love your home for years to come. We can help you sort through the likes to get to the loves, and share our experience in knowing when to splurge and when to save. We will help you to see the potential for your home and to navigate the hiccups of making it a reality. We are here to partner with you through every step of the design process, and you can rest easy knowing we have been there before. We've got this! And I hope our enthusiasm is infectious.
We cannot wait to be a part of making your home one you love!
OUR DESIGN PROCESS
Phase One: DISCOVERY
Project discovery call with Tera and in-home design consultation.
Signing of design agreement and payment of design fee retainer.
Client "deep dive interview" with design team.
Site survey and measure.
Phase Two: SCHEMATIC DESIGN
Designing of floor plans and elevations.
Creation of trade and contractor quoting packets.
Securing of trade and contractor bids.
Project budget review with clients.
Phase Three: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Review and signing of "not to exceed" project budget agreement.
Selection of all design finishes and furnishings.
Creation of 3D renderings (as applicable).
Client approval of all specification lists and design boards.
Signing of updated project budget agreement reflecting any requested add-ons.
Payment of project budget deposit.
Phase Four: PROCUREMENT & CONSTRUCTION
Collaborating with contractors and trades.
Design team site visits.
Placing of orders.
Receiving and warehousing of all deliveries.
Delivery of design materials to project site.
Phase Five: INSTALLATION
Conclusion of construction.
Installation of all specified furnishings.
The final reveal.
"Punch list" follow up.
Final project photography.
Submission of final invoice and care guide to clients.
DETAILS OF OUR DESIGN PROCESS
1 PROJECT DISCOVERY + DESIGN CONSULTATION
The first step in our design process is to book a complimentary Discovery Call with Tera to discuss your needs, expectations, budget, and timeline.
If our process and availability meet your project needs, we will schedule a complimentary meeting at our design studio (or virtually) to become more acquainted with your project. If the project and relationship are a fit, we want to see your home or build plans! The next step is a 90-minute virtual or in-home Design Consultation ($500).
We encourage our clients to use the consultation as a time to pick our brains about their project and on all things design! This is also our jumping off point to develop a proposal for your project outlining the scope of work and estimated design investment. If you decide to move forward, sign the proposal and submit your design services retainer. The Design Consult fee will be credited towards your project, and your project will then follow our full service design process all the way to installation day!
2 CLIENT DEEP DIVE INTERVIEW
Next up is what we call the "client deep dive." We want to know your favorite hobbies, restaurants, and type of music. How do you sit when you drink your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine? What is your favorite scent, what colors do you despise? And all the frustrations of your current home. We want to know the full you, so we can create a home uniquely tailored to your family! It is an intensive, laughter-filled, face-to-face or virtual meeting, where we dive into your style, goals, must haves, worries, and design dreams.
We will also review photos of your design inspirations — Pinterest and Houzz are great resources — which help us to understand your personal style and aesthetic. It also helps us to dive into a conversation about what you especially like (or don't like!) about the inspiration photos.
3 SITE SURVEY
Our design team will conduct a site measure of any existing structures and/or a thorough review of any new construction drawings or architect plans.
We will measure and photograph the existing pieces you would like to reuse in the new design (furniture, art, rugs). We will also photograph your home to reference as we are drawing and designing, and to use (when applicable) in sharing the "Before & After" transformation.
4 DESIGN DRAWINGS: FLOOR PLANS & ELEVATIONS
A home's floor plan (also called a space plan) is one of the most important aspects of a well-designed home — it dictates how a home will flow and function. Once the project direction is set, we start by creating the room's or home's floor plan, which includes the overall layout, as well as furnishing scale and placement.
Once the floor plan is fine tuned and approved, we will move onto drawing each room's elevations. For detailed rooms, like kitchens and baths, we will often draw 4 - 6 elevations for that single room alone, detailing the four walls of a room as well as potential millwork design, tile layout, lighting plan, etc.
We begin the design process with a bird’s eye view of the spaces. Drafting a detailed floor plan allows us to design the function, flow, and sightlines of a home. Many times we generate several versions of a home’s proposed floor plan, allowing clients to fully explore the varying potentials of their home.
Precisely to scale, our cabinetry, millwork, lighting, plumbing, and tile elevations are the building blocks of communicating our design to clients and their contractor teams.
5 CONTRACTOR COLLABORATION
It's time to bring in the trades! Depending on the scale of the project, a general contractor and architect may also be involved. At this point it is time to bring everyone up to speed on the design and direction for the project, in order to obtain quotes to ensure the project is financially feasible before further proceeding.
At this meeting we provide to the general contractor (or direct to the trades for smaller projects) a Contractor Quoting Packet, providing them all the details they need to bid the project and estimate the timeline. This packet includes, as applicable:
A "Contractor Notes" document
The Contractor Notes are a written supplement to the design drawings. This contractor resource identifies allowances, work site expectations, and design instructions necessary for contractors to accurately bid a project’s cost and timeline.
6 PROJECT BUDGET REVIEW
Following the completion of design drawings and contractor & trade meetings — and upon receipt of any applicable trade or contractor bids — we are ready to review with you the projected project budget, which includes:
1) The general contractor's quote for all work and materials to be provided by contracting teams. These costs will be paid by you directly to your contractor.
2) A Tera Janelle Design quote for all the materials to be purchased and provided by the TJD team (ex. cabinets, light fixtures, furniture). This quote estimates costs for the fixtures and furnishings yet to be finalized, and provides a "not to exceed" room by room budget
Upon approval of the projected budget, we will flush out the details of the design development (see Step 7) and finalize all CAD drawings, spec lists, and renderings for approval.
7 DESIGN SELECTIONS
Once the home's floor plan and elevations are finalized and approved and an initial project budget has been established, we move onto final design development. The design development phase of our design process is where we really bring the approved concept to life, via digital design boards and specification spreadsheets.
If your project is a renovation or new build, we focus first on all elements that impact the construction (or fixed materials), from tile and flooring to plumbing and lighting. We then dive into the furnishings, specifying all soft elements, from your furniture pieces to the rugs to the artwork. We love designing custom pieces for our clients — cabinetry, furniture, pillows, art, draperies, etc. With our extensive studio design library and network of craftsman and artists, the possibilities really are endless!
Before the design development phase is complete, we will nail down every last detail of the design (less minor accessories) for your review and approval. We do so through the use of design boards and specifications spreadsheets, which we revise in collaboration with you until they are just right. For those rooms that are extra tricky to visualize, we also offer 3-D design services, allowing clients to visualize the layout and selections for a room in 3-D format.
Following budget review and project deposit, we will submit the design boards and spec list to you for final signatures, which gives us the go ahead to begin placing orders!
A room’s Design Board is a visual specification of the design selections for the room. It serves as a cohesive visual reference for how the finishes, fixtures, and furnishings will work together within a room’s design.
The "spec list" or specifications spreadsheet is part of the Design Build Book provided to your contractor. This spreadsheet specifies the nitty gritty details: grout width, product numbers, light fixture hanging heights, installation notes and instructions, paint finishes, lightbulb Kelvins, and finish details.
For key rooms of the home, particularly those a client may have difficulty imagining, we create 3D renderings. These dimensional, to-scale renderings provide our clients a realistic perspective of the final design to come.
8 SELECTION SIGN-OFFS, PURCHASING AGREEMENT & RETAINER
Upon conclusion of design selections, we will submit to you a Design Approvals packet for sign-off. The packet will include all documents prepared in documenting the design: floor plans, elevations, design boards, spec lists, and renderings as well as an updated Purchasing Budget Agreement which reflects any requested add-ons. This document packet is submitted to you via DocuSign, and line-by-line approvals via our project management software.
Once the Design Approvals packet has been signed off on, you’ll need to be prepared to write that big check. (Gulp!) We know it is a big investment, but rest assured the outcome will be worth every penny!
9 PRODUCT PROCUREMENT
The procurement process is one often overlooked when thinking of a designer's role, but it is one of the most integral! It is a full throttle, detail driven, behind the scenes endeavor when we order all approved items and receive them on your behalf.
Orders for a single project are typically in the hundreds, for a whole home in the thousands, from furniture and rugs and cabinetry, down to the tiniest details — every rug pad, cabinet latch, robe hook, picture frame mat, pillow insert, and shower curtain ring.
We proactively expedite orders, track, receive, open, inspect, label, and store all items as we await final installation. In fact, about 40% of our design time on a project is spent on this phase alone. While it may seem quiet on the design front — after back to back presentations of drawings and design boards, contractor meetings, and budget reviews — the design studio is buzzing as we handle orders at every stage of processing and fulfillment, and we gear up for final installation!
10 CONSTRUCTION & IMPLEMENTATION
The construction phase is where your vision starts to physically come to life. No more visualizing your home through computer screens or paper plans, the actual transformation begins!
Depending on the needs of the project, we may oversee certain trades, such as the electrician and the painter and the wallpaper installer. In other cases when a general contractor is involved, we ensure the project is being installed as designed. As construction progresses, we visit the project periodically to become familiar with the progress and quality of work as it relates to the interior design concept, updating you regularly along the way. Once any involved construction is complete, we’ll manage the interior trades, such as the window treatment installer and wallpaper installer and cleaning teams.
Though our pre-construction planning is in depth and intensive, we have been doing this long enough to know not everything will go as planned, even on the most seamless projects. There will be hiccups and backorders. A tile installer will be out sick, a plumbing pipe will be found in a troubling spot, or the appliances will be delayed 12 weeks past expected. But we are masters at pivoting. You can rest easy knowing we have been here before! We've got this. And I hope our enthusiasm is infectious. We will be there every step of the way to serve as a sounding board, celebrate with you the progress, and ensure the end result aligns with your goals.
Going through a renovation can be stressful, so if you are living in the space during this phase, we will make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Although your home may seem like it is being turned upside down, keep that vision of the end product in mind – we are almost there!
11 FINAL DESIGN INSTALLATION & REVEAL
The long awaited final reveal. This is what we have nicknamed at Tera Janelle Design our "Design Superbowl" – the final installation and reveal! Depending on the scale of the project, this can last anywhere from one day to one week. During this time we politely encourage (read require) our clients to vacate the house, whether it's a staycation at a local hotel or getting away to the family's cabin or beach house, we need the home vacant to bring the final reveal to fruition.
Final installation is an ALL HANDS ON DECK process. It is a "it gets worse before it gets better" final swing, as hundreds of boxes, pieces of furniture, artwork, accessories, draperies – and don't forget the cleaning supplies – descend on your home in one fell swoop. We typically have on site our full design team, extra design assistants, multiple installers, home cleaners, and a photographer. It is a full, crazy house and we absolutely live for it. It is a daylight to late hours in the night process (which is why we kindly kick you out of the house) that is the final push to the finish line.
This all leads up to the final reveal, the moment when you finally see the home complete (the one we have been working on all those months or even years). It can be an emotional time. And this moment – seeing our clients reaction to their new spaces, and their excitement for how our work will transform their lives – it is why we do what we do.
After we’ve all celebrated together the excitement of your new spaces, we’ll share any "punch list" items that need addressing before we close out your project. Typically these punch list items address a product that arrived damaged, any shipping issues, minor damage that was done during install (scuffed paint, scraped table leg) and other loose ends that need tying up.
And we cannot forget the PHOTO SHOOT!
We kindly ask to take videos and photographs of your home throughout the project, for our marketing use and your Project Photo Album! At the conclusion of the project, we hold a professional photo shoot of the home. From there, we compile for you a complete digital photo album of your project, from initial concept to final reveal, and photos of all the construction and transformation details in between!
At final reveal, or shortly following, you will also receive the FINAL PURCHASING INVOICE and a CLEANING & CARE GUIDE. If the final project total came in less than budgeted, you will receive a refund for the difference. We LOVE when this happens! Designers get a bad rap for going over budget. We make it our mission to come in on budget or under budget.
OUR DESIGN STUDIO
Located in the historic Boonsboro neighborhood of Lynchburg, Virginia, our 2,000 sqft Design Studio is the epicenter of our creative process, sample library, and project management.
The TJD Design Studio is open to prospective clients & vendors by appointment Monday - Thursday from 9 AM - 4 PM.
Boonsboro Shopping Center, 4925 Boonsboro Road (24503), on the far left side of the shopping complex.
Our office hours are Monday through Thursday (9 AM - 4 PM). We are closed Fridays and the weekends.
All calls, emails, presentations, meetings, and site visits are held within our business hours.
The details of your project are extremely important to us. As such, we reserve all project communications to email, calls, and in-person meetings. No texting please!
We do our best to respond to all client and trade communications within two business days. We kindly ask the same of our clients.
DESIGN WORK & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Paid directly to contractor
We have a HYBRID FEE STRUCTURE.
We bill hourly for design and project management work. In the Step One: Discovery Phase the TJD team will present to you a Design & Management Proposal. This proposal estimates the number of hours required by the design team for the expertise, design work, and management of your project.
At project signing, 50% of the estimate of the design and management fee is due. This amount establishes your on-file Design & Management Retainer. The remaining amount is divided into installments to be paid when the previous retainer on file is set to drop below $5,000 - $10,000, depending on the size of the project. TJD submits the invoices to you monthly or bi-monthly for the invested hours. The next retainer is due when the previous retainer on file is set to drop below $5,000 - $10,000.
We charge a flat-rate for our procurement services. The flat rate is 35% above our net price for retail products, and 40-60% for wholesale products and custom pieces. The procurement fee covers our design team hours spent:
preparing, coordinating, executing, and reviewing purchase orders
any work associated with the management of vendors to ensure that client items are delivered on time and according to specifications
visits to artists, specialists, and craftsman for progress checks and approvals in the custom production process
tracking production and shipments; online documentation of all orders, lead times, received items, and items delivered to site
sending status updates to clients and contractors on lead times
opening, inspecting, and labeling the products with client name, room placement, and installation instructions
resolving items that arrive damaged or not as ordered
warehousing products until installation
specialty trade coordination (art installer, upholsterer, drapery workroom, white-glove delivery services)
book keeping and invoicing
Procurement Example. The following process is covered by the flat-rate "Procurement Fee." The procurement process for a custom throw pillow includes –
The pillow insert, ordered from one vendor – decisions for purchase: what size insert and what fill (down, polyester, a blend). And if you do want the blend, do you want 50/50 or 60/40 or 90/10. There are a LOT of decisions for just a pillow insert.
The pillow fabric, ordered from a second vendor – determining required yardage, based on the pattern and repeat of the pattern, as well as the size of the pillow.
The trim, ordered from potentially a third vendor
The receipt and inspection of the insert, fabric, and trim at the Tera Janelle Design receiving room.
Writing a detailed purchase order for the sewing workroom, detailing the size, scale, direction, finished edge, etc. for the pillow's sewing assembly.
Delivery of the items to our drapery workroom with detailed purchase order.
The labor, sewing workroom, fourth vendor.
Pick up of finished pillow from sewing workroom, submission of invoice to accounting for workroom payment.
Delivery of pillow to job site by design team
One-of-a-kind items from our "design vault" are priced as marked (ie. pieces we purchased at markets, estate sales, auctions and in our travels to hold for just the right project.)
DESIGN & MANAGEMENT INVOICES
A detailed account of the hours invested by our team for the design work and management of your project.
Line-by-line pricing for the products and specialist labor purchased in producing your design.
You will receive two types of invoices from Tera Janelle Design. We accept payment via check, ACH transfers (digital bank check), or wire transfer. No credit cards are accepted.
1) Design & Project Management Invoices
The HOURS INVESTED BY THE DESIGN TEAM for the expertise, design work, and management of your project.
2) Purchasing Invoices
Line item pricing for the PRODUCTS (lights, furniture, hardware, cabinetry, window coverings, etc.) and the SPECIALIST LABOR to produce and install those products (custom drapery workroom, upholsterer, wallpaper installer, art installer, white glove delivery team, etc.)
DESIGN & MANAGEMENT
The Retainer - In the "Step One: Discovery Phase" the TJD team will present to you a Design & Management proposal. This proposal estimates the number of hours required by the design team for the expertise, design work, and management of your project. At project signing, 50% of the estimate for the hourly design and management fee is due (minimum initial retainer of $15,000). This amount establishes your on-file Design & Management Retainer. The remaining amount is divided into installments to be paid when the previous retainer on file is set to drop below a pre-established amount (typically $5,000 - $10,000).
It is rare a project goes over the estimated design hours unless clients add to the original scope or the project unexpectedly calls for a strong redirection. (Once our clients had to let-go their original contractor halfway through their new home build. We partnered with the clients to find a new builder, collaborated with the builder to re-bid the project, and then invested the time to bring the new builder entirely up to speed on the design and progress.)
If you decide to add to the original project scope – "While you are here for the kitchen, could you also take a look at our ensuite bath?" – we are doing something right! We appreciate the confidence you have placed in our team. The hourly billing structure allows you to easily add to your project's scope; you simply pay for the hours as you need them. But do keep in mind, we coordinate a single final installation and reveal, so adding to the scope may delay an originally scheduled reveal date.
Invoicing - Digital invoices are sent by the 10th of the month on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, depending on the level of activity of the project. Each invoice outlines in detail the designer who completed the work on your project, and a very specific description of what work was accomplished. The design & project management retainer on file is applied to the invoice.
The Retainer - A project budget is established at Step 8 and outlined in a Purchasing Agreement. This agreement is generally delineated room by room and constitutes an established "not to exceed" budget for the project. At Purchasing Agreement signing, we collect a pre-determined percent of the project purchasing total (typically 50%). The remaining amount is divided into installments to be paid at designated points in the project.
For construction related projects, your general contractor will provide you a bid for the construction materials, labor, and costs, and those contracting costs will be paid directly by you to the general contractor.
Invoicing - At final reveal, or shortly following, you will receive the comprehensive purchasing invoice. If the products and procurement costs came in less than budgeted, you will receive a refund for the difference. We LOVE when this happens! Designers get a bad rap for going over budget. We make it our mission to come in on budget or under budget.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you offer design consultations?
Our project availability is presently running at-capacity with full service design projects, so we are not presently offering design consultations as a one-off-service. However, a design consultation is the first step for our full service design projects. Learn more about full service design here: IS FULL SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN RIGHT FOR YOU?
Do you take on projects outside of Lynchburg, Virginia?
At this time, we focus primarily on projects within two hours of Lynchburg, Virginia.
When are you available to begin work on our project?
We are typically booking 8 - 12 weeks out on new project starts.
We are building a new home. When should we call you?
We recommend reaching out at least 6 months before you break ground. We presently offer full-service design only, meaning we join projects at very early concept and guide our clients through every detail of the design and build process. We often join our clients' new builds before they've even chosen a builder or architect, sometimes even before they have purchased the land/lot. This early collaboration provides for the very best final designs!
Would you join a new build that is already underway?
We generally join a new build long before the project has broken ground, but we evaluate every project inquiry independently. We are happy to review the point you are at in the process and let you know whether it would be a fit.
What is the difference between "construction design" and "furnishings design"?
Construction design specifics the floor plan, layouts, and finishes of the items that are quite literally FIXED or attached to your home. The paint color, siding, roof, flooring, cabinetry, millwork, hardware, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, tile, wallpaper, etc.
When designers describe the process of "furnishing" a home, we are referring to rugs, lamps, furniture, artwork, draperies, and yes, even the tableware and decorative books and accessories we use for styling! Anything that is NOT permanently attached is a "furnishing" — the sofas, rug, arm chair, coffee table books, drapes, candles, artwork, bath towels, kitchen tableware, accent table, throw pillows, and the brass horse sculpture on the bookshelves, they are all "furnishings."
At Tera Janelle Design, we primarily partner with clients in designing both the "construction fixed materials" AND the "furnishings," so the home has a decidedly cohesive, customized feel throughout.
Do you require we use your team for both construction design and the furnishings?
While we do not require furnishings as a part of construction projects, about 85% of our projects involve some level of furnishing. We have found clients are infinitely more happy at the conclusion of a construction project when at least one room is furnished to completion. After so many months (or even years!) spent in the bustle of the construction process, the warmth and satisfaction of knowing at least one room is fully finished has been invaluable to our clients.
The investment. Do you have design minimums?
At Tera Janelle Design, our design fees are billed on an hourly or flat fee basis, depending on the scope of the project. Those design fees are based on the total design hours (or estimated design hours) our design team spends on the design and management of the project.
Our minimum required "design fee investment" is $15,000 for local projects and $25,000 for travel based projects (anything outside of a 45-minute radius of our Lynchburg, Virginia studio). For new builds, the minimum design investment is $75,000. Just a reminder, those design fees are for the hours invested by our design team. The design fees do not include not contractor fees or furniture or fixtures. Projects less than that minimum investment end up spreading us across many projects, and always spread us too thin. Instead we focus on a limited number of projects a year, allowing us to turn designs around quickly, offer concierge level service, remain fully up-to-date on our clients' projects and progress, and be timely available to our clients and their contracting teams.
How much do your kitchen or bath renos typically cost? How much does it cost to furnish a whole room?
While we do not have specific room-by-room minimums, there are some general investment starting points we use as reference. The following aspects of a room will affect those numbers —
The size of the room
The space plan
How many overall pieces you will need
The quality of the furniture
How many custom pieces we design (upholstery furniture, wood furniture, art, lighting, throw pillows)
The number of window treatments needed
Taxes, shipping & warehousing costs
Additional labor: installation & professional services Ex. wallpaper installation, furniture installers, art install (a gallery wall takes much longer to hang than one large piece of art, etc.)
Keep in mind the following numbers are starting costs for our projects — with our aesthetic, our focus on durability and customized pieces, and our approach to comfortably filling a space. Another designer may recommend varied investment levels.
The majority of the "Fixed Materials" costs noted below are generally construction/build costs that are paid directly to your contractor. "Fixed Materials" costs through Tera Janelle Design generally include light fixtures, custom cabinetry, decorative cabinet hardware, wallpaper, bath accessories (mirrors, robe hooks, TP holder, etc.).
Kitchen Renovation (NO furnishings)
Design Fees: $10,000 - $20,000
Fixed Materials: $75,000 (construction labor, appliances, cabinetry, lighting, paint, fixtures, flooring, etc.)
Ensuite Bedroom and Bath Renovation + Furnishings
Design Fees: $10,000 - $20,000
Fixed Materials: $50,000 (construction labor, paint, appliances, cabinetry, lighting, fixtures, flooring, etc.)
Furnishings: $25,000 (bed, bedding, nightstands, dresser, accent chairs, draperies, towels, art, accessories, etc.)
New Build — 4,000 sqft (NO furnishings)
Design Fees: $75,000
Fixed Materials: $785,000 (construction labor, millwork, appliances, cabinetry, lighting, fixtures, flooring, etc.)
Whole-Home Furnishings for 3,500 sqft home
Design Fees: $50,000 - $75,000
Furnishings: $150,000 - $250,000 (furnishing of the entire home from scratch)
*The majority of the quoted "fixed materials" costs are typically paid directly to the general contractor for construction materials and labor.
How long does the design take?
The length of project is contingent on project scope, contractor availability, and product lead times, but we work with contractors and vendors to provide an anticipated project schedule so you know what to expect and when! Here is a typical schedule for a complete kitchen renovation:
Design Phase: The design phase of a kitchen renovation typically lasts 2 - 6 weeks.
Quoting: The length of time a project takes to quote depends on the availability and timeliness of contractors and tradesman. For a kitchen renovation, we find general contractors typically take 2 - 3 weeks to meet with trades and compile the project quote.
Construction & Installation: The start of construction will depend on the general contractor's schedule and material availability. If the kitchen materials are ordered ahead of time (many kitchen appliances are currently running 6+ months lead times), construction for a full-gut kitchen renovation typically lasts 3-4 months from "day one" of construction to completion.
Has the pandemic affected the design process?
The short answer, YES. We are seeing significant lead times for manufacturing and furnishings, and very busy project loads for contractors and trades. But we have always approached our design process with a Type-A attention to detail and planning, so we have simply kicked that into ultra high gear!
We now recommend clients complete the design process and placement of orders long before construction actually begins. This allows time for those long delayed products and appliances — presently 6 - 10 months for an integrated fridge or panel-ready dishwasher! Also many contractors are booked months out. It may be several months after they submit a quote for the design project before they have availability to begin work.
We are seeing equally long lead times in furnishings, with most custom furniture manufacturers estimating 20 weeks or longer for furniture production. So plan early if you want your new living room in time for Christmas!
Tera and her team are absolute talents and a joy to work with! We have partnered with Tera Janelle Design on many homes and projects over the years... She recently managed the gut renovation and furnishing of our Virginia vacation home. The end result was spectacular. We are so glad we left the project entirely in her hands! We are already at work on another large scale renovation with Tera for our primary home. She understands our style even better than we do! ... The team is organized, excellent in communications, professional, and just plain fun to work with. We highly recommend working with Tera Janelle Design! - Curt & Ardyth
"Working with Tera Janelle to take our lower level from studs and concrete to GORGEOUS was a delight from start to finish. She fully respected my own style and ideas, but her expertise took our project way beyond what I even thought possible. From initial planning, to shopping fixtures and furniture, to all the finishing touches, she worked her magic with professionalism, fun and brilliance. I thoroughly enjoyed her upbeat and affirming personality, her timeliness and attention to every detail. 5 stars PLUS!" - Sharon & Bill
Are our services and process a fit for your project?
We are excited to talk with you!