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3/3/19       
greg

I have a client who is interested in redoing a room in their Victorian house into a library of sorts. This would also include new door and window trim, hardwood flooring, a built in wall desk, along with the case work, and maybe wainscoting, lighting, ceiling work, etc. so more then I'm comfortable with trying to do in house. My client is ok with the concept of hiring professional help. Since this is just one room I realize the designer could be located anywhere. Any suggestions?

3/4/19       #2: millwork designer ...
Chris H.

Website: http://www.csaw.com/lamello

I would encourage your customer to find a local interior designer. Looking over the shoulder of the many designers I worked with over the years running my shop, it seems to me that designing remotely probably wouldn't work. Designer needs to get a "feel" for the space (lighting, flow, etc) in addition to developing a rapport with the customer - a lot of the success in good designer-client relationships is based on comfort and trust. You can't build that via email... Maybe try the Association for Interior Designers (or better yet, have your client do it)? That way, you're not on the hook for referring an unknown (to you) designer who may not ultimately execute the project to the customers' expectations.

Association for Interior Designers

3/5/19       #3: millwork designer ...
Mark

I would suggest the same, but lean more toward an architect who has a background in classical architecture design.

3/5/19       #4: millwork designer ...
greg

I agree, finding a local source of design would be preferred. But surprisingly even in a large old east coast city finding someone who is experienced hasn't been easy. The only names other shops have given me are large firms who deal in large restorations; if they were willing to do a small job the price for their services wouldn't be workable. Hence the interest in doing the design remotely. I mentioned the figure of at least $1K and maybe up to $3K to my client, and they are willing to 'pay for what they get', but they weren't put off by those figures.
My experience with interior designers is in general they are good with 'soft' factors, such as color and texture, but not so good with 'hard' factors, things that might be part of the house for many decades. Designing a entire home library, including all aspects of the whole room, is a long way from picking the upholstery for the sofa.(to put it into overly simple terms)

3/31/19       #9: millwork designer ...
Kostas Nikolaou Member

Website: http://zdraft.com

I am in agreement that a local designer is the way to go.

Sounds like your client is going to be (or is) very specific and for your own sake you are better to look and find someone local.

Take this from a guy who's business is designing and detailing millwork on-line.

Not everyone can work with a remote designer.

5/21/19       #10: millwork designer ...
Craig Burgess Member

Try to look at pinterest or deviantart. There, many designers post their work

9/11/19       #11: millwork designer ...
Frank K. Solomon  Member

Hello @greg
I would like to suggest to you one of the engineering firm who will help you in this work and also their draftsmen provide the highest quality shop drawings & installation drawings.

You can find them:

Hitech CADD Services

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