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Unlocking Your Dream Home: The 6-Phase Journey with Zimmerman Interiors

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

From Discovery to Reveal – Navigating the Design Process Made Easy

6 stages of our process
The 6 Phase Client Journey

Are you ready to embark on a journey that will transform your living space into the home of your dreams? At Zimmerman Interiors, we're here to guide you through each step of the design process, ensuring it's a seamless and enjoyable experience. Whether you're starting from scratch or refreshing your existing space, our 6-phase journey is designed with flexibility and clarity in mind, catering to your unique needs and we’re walking your through the full process here.

Let’s take a look at your 6-phase journey to your dream home with Zimmerman Interiors


Phase 1: Discovery

Every client's journey begins here – with a Discovery Call. We're eager to meet you and understand your vision. Even if you've worked with us before, every project is a new canvas, and we treat it as such. Our first step is to send you a Welcome Packet, introducing our team, services, and pricing. You'll also receive a link to book a consultation with Katie, our lead designer, and a client questionnaire to help us understand your needs.

During the call, we'll discuss your project goals and allow you to ask questions. We'll explain how to move forward, and for those ready to dive in, we start with a consultation. It's worth noting that for some clients, this consultation can be a standalone service, while for others, it's the first step in a more comprehensive project.

The Discovery Phase
Phase 1: Discovery

Phase 2: Onboarding

Often overlooked but crucial, Phase 2 is all about knowledge, transparency, and clarity. This is where we sign the contract, define the scope, establish timelines, set payment schedules, and introduce you to our personalized client studio. The client studio is your one-stop-shop, a unique login that grants you access to all project files, administrative and creative, in one place. Our goal is to keep you informed and organized throughout the process.

Onboarding is Phase 2 of the design process
Phase 2: Onboarding

Phase 3: Conceptual Design

In Phase 3, the journey takes a creative turn as we begin to design conceptually. If you're a DIY enthusiast or looking for Virtual Design, this could be the final destination. We provide you with a conceptual plan, or as I like to call it, “The Recipe”, allowing you the freedom to shop for your designs at your own pace and within your budget. There's no minimum spending requirement, and you can add on services or consultations later for additional assistance.

For clients seeking more comprehensive services, Phase 3 serves as the foundation for Phase 4, where we specify exact items. At the end of Phase 3, you will have a Concept Presentation where we deliver the following things to you so that you are equipped with the full recipe and now it’s time to shop for ingredients or let us take the next steps.

  • 2D Moodboard/Concept Board- the visual images that serve as the inspiration for your project and establish the look and feel

  • 2D Flooplans- These drawings are critical for determining traffic flow and space planning. Many clients struggle with size and scale and this step ensures a functional and proportional space.

  • Elevations- These two-dimensional drawings are representation of a vertical plane or side of a building or interior space. They provide a detailed view of the wall, fixtures, elements, and design features as if you were looking at that particular side of the space from a fixed point.

  • 3D Renderings- Like like 3D renderings of your space allow you to see how it will look in a realistic setting before you order or begin construction.

Conceptual Design is Phase 3 of our design process
Phase 3: conceptual design

Does all this terminology confuse you? I know! I hear it all the time! Not really sure what a mood board is? Or an elevation? Click Here to download the Zimmerman Interiors Glossary of Terms. This will explain the terms we use in the industry and what they mean to us at Zimmerman Interiors and for you the client!

Phase 4: Detailed Design

Detailed Design is where the magic happens for our luxury full-service decorating clients and for our construction/renovation clients. We specify all furnishings, from window treatments to rugs, paint, wall coverings, and decor. For construction/renovation clients, we specify tiles, fixtures, lighting, and more. We request quotes, prepare the final design presentation, and review materials, space, and floor planning with you. This phase sets the stage for the entire project, including construction management. We will conclude this phase by having our Final Design plan with a presentation of all of the materials so that you can touch and feel items. We will also have quoted the items as well as any of the construction or labor so that you have detailed quotes of the whole process.

The Detailed Design Phase
Phase 4: Detailed Design

Phase 5: Installation and Procurement

Phase 5 is where we put the plan into action. We place orders, track deliveries, and handle any issues that arise. Whether you're a decorating or construction client, we keep you updated weekly, ensuring everything stays on track and matches our vision. You can relax knowing that we're handling all the details, and you don't need to take time off work or rearrange your schedules.

In Phase 5 we order track and install
Phase 5: Installation and Procurement

Phase 6: The Big Reveal

Finally, Phase 6 is the grand finale – the Reveal. It's time for those finishing touches that will turn your space into a true masterpiece. This is your HGTV moment, coming home to a fully transformed space with all the final touches from Zimmerman Interiors.

We understand that the design journey isn't always a linear path. You might start with a certain phase and later realize you need more assistance or advice. That's perfectly okay! We offer flexible solutions to accommodate these shifts in your design journey. If you've initially opted for a standalone service like our consultation or designer-for-a-day, and find that you need further guidance, we've got you covered. Our consultations and designer-for-a-day options are designed to be versatile, allowing you to easily transition back into the design process and access the support you need. Whether it's refining a concept, making material selections, or simply gaining additional insights, we're here to provide the assistance you require. For more information on our services and how we can tailor them to your needs, you can refer to our previous blog post Here.

Finally in the last step is the installation and big reveal
Phase 6: The Big Reveal

So, are you ready to begin your design journey with us? From start to finish, we're here to make it easy, enjoyable, and tailored to your needs. Whether you enter and exit at different points or follow the entire path, our system is designed to ensure a successful and satisfying transformation of your living space. Let's unlock the potential of your home together!


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