Interior Design Process

At Joy Street Design, the goal of our Oakland interior designers is to make the design and renovation process an enjoyable one for our clients. We rely on experience, expertise, and integrity to complete projects on time and on budget, with consistently pleasing results. Experience has shown us that knowledge of standard procedures helps clients feel comfortable for the duration of the project. Here’s how we work:


Phase 1: Consultation

Every project starts with a phone call to discuss your project, and for you to learn more about Joy Street Design. After the phone call, we will schedule an in-home/on-site consultation to gather the specifics of the project, assess your needs, and determine the project’s scope, budget, and timing. The consultation also provides clients with an opportunity to work directly with a designer from Joy Street Design and to learn more about the firm and how we work.

During the consultation, our Oakland interior designer will provide valuable information, resources and ideas for your design project, as well as providing more information about how Joy Street Design can assist.  The design consultation lasts for 90 minutes and costs $795.


Phase 2: Design

After the consultation, Joy Street Design will create a design proposal that outlines the scope of your project and the design fee.  Joy Street Design offers all interior design services for a flat fee so that you always know what the final costs will be. After agreement on the design proposal, the real work begins! 

Joy Street Design will take measurements, meet with architects and any other trade partners required for the project, create floor plans and develop a unique design plan perfect for your space.  We will then schedule a Design Presentation where we share concept boards, schematic designs, and an estimated budget for all components of the project. After receiving your feedback, we will make any necessary changes.  The final Design Presentation will include the final construction documents, budget, and design details including furniture, window treatments, cabinetry, and accessories for the entire project.


Phase 3: Project Management

After approval of the design, Joy Street Design will begin the process of purchasing all items identified in the design plan.  We will assist you with selecting the right contractor, reviewing proposed timelines, and provide the necessary detailed specifications and drawings. After the start of construction, we will work closely with the contractors and visit the job site regularly to oversee that the work is progressing on schedule and as planned.  During this time, Joy Street Design will continue to communicate with you regularly (weekly or more) to address any of your concerns.  Following construction, we will coordinate the delivery and installation of your furnishing and accessories so that you can now enjoy your new space.