Can I afford an interior designer?

Interior Alchemy offers a variety of ways to work with us, depending on what services you need when designing your kitchen and bathroom.  Remodels are examples of complex projects because they require the coordination of many stakeholders to successfully complete – client, designer, installers, suppliers, manufacturers, plumbers, electricians, framers, drywallers, painters…you get the idea. If you are completely new to remodeling or using a designer, our Pricing Guide can help you understand what various kitchen remodel budgets could achieve.

Because of the complexity involved, we do not take on full-service kitchen design projects where the total amount the client is willing to invest in their kitchen remodel is below $50,000 (for appliances, countertops, cabinetry, fixtures, installation, etc.). We can, however, help clients with layout and design, or portions of a kitchen project, even if your budget is below the full-service threshold. See our Services page for more information about consultation offerings.

A mid-level kitchen remodel in Portland, Oregon with average finishes and appliance packages typically require client investments of $75,000 – $120,000.

However, if you are just craving a redesign to improve your kitchen’s functionality, maybe remove a wall, and you have a budget within or above that range, then your best bet, to gain the most value from your remodel is to hire an interior designer who will take the time to customize your space to exactly how you and your family function.

What types of interior design projects do you do?

We work in both residential and a few select commercial design areas such as hospitality and retail.

We serve our client’s design needs in a variety of ways, not limited to:

  • Kitchen and Bath Design – focusing on modern European design
  • Luxury Closet Design – transforming your closet into a uniquely stylish and personalized space
  • Renovation – updating the look and feel of spaces, and may make minor functionality improvements – addresses everything from the surface of the drywall to the center of the room
  • Remodeling – majorly changing the way a space functions and looks – requires removing drywall, walls, relocating plumbing or electrical, adding square footage, and/or changing floor plans
  • New Construction and Additions – creating new space tailored to how you use it
  • Floating Homes – we have expertise in the design/logistics nuances required for floating homes on water

We also offer consultation services for those homeowners, architects, contractors, and builders who need some support but don’t need full-service design.

Which Portland areas do you serve?

We take projects in the Portland Metro Area, Vancouver, and Salem.

On a case-by-case basis, we do accept a few limited projects outside of the service area, depending on the scope.

If you have a need for an interior designer for your design project on the coast, in Bend, or outside of our typical service area, call us to find out if we can take on your project.

What should I know before I call Interior Alchemy?

Good design is about improving the way space performs for you.

To make the best use of our time together, it is very important to know the answers to these questions before you call.

  1. What is the project address – especially if it is a new build without infrastructure, a condo, townhouse, floating home, or other type of specialty dwelling which requires additional logistics during demo/construction/installation?
  2. How much do you wish to invest in design improvements ona this project?
  3. When do you want to start (and also do you have a timeframe for completion)?
  4. What do you want to change about your space – the look, the function, increase storage, feel better?
  5. What do you like about your space?
  6. What do you want this project to achieve (your objectives)?
  7. Who is on your team – are you working with a contractor, architect, or builder?
  8. How do you describe your personal style?

Can I hire my own contractor?

YES!  We want to make sure you have total control over that aspect of your build. But if you don’t have a contractor in mind, we can help put you in touch with some.

How is Interior Alchemy different than big retail kitchen and bath designers?

Large retail or big box kitchen designers are salespeople who are not often trained in interior design or space planning requirements for kitchens and baths, and are not able to see the project through from start to finish, including setting foot on site to check in on the installation of your design vision.  Their jobs are to sell cabinetry and other products for the home from the list of limited inventory their store carries.  They cannot take the time to listen to what makes you unique, get to know how you move through your kitchen, what functional pain points you experience in your home, or come up with clever custom solutions that make working in the most active room of the home easier for everyone. And once the products are purchased, they are not available to help you troubleshoot surprises that may come to light after demolition.

Interior Alchemy has a group of trusted brand product partners that we use because we vetted them for quality and trustworthiness, and we have developed strong relationships with them. But we also have access to nearly all the brands in the world to use to complete your design vision.  We have many more options than those offered on the shelves of big box stores. With unlimited access, we can ensure that you have access to special products to make your project unique.

And beyond the surface-level “design” offered at big retail chains, Interior Alchemy’s magic elixir goes deeper than that. At our core, we believe that the homeowner IS the story of the design.  Not only do we listen to who you are and how you use your space, but we work to find ways to customize your space to your needs and lifestyle.  We don’t hide away all of your personal treasures, we celebrate them.  We infuse the design with your story or your brand.  We will share the story of who you are without having to speak.