How we work

Who is my designer?

Kudzu Interiors is a full service interior design firm. Rest assured that both of our designers are qualified and experienced. Both will be working closely with you on your project from beginning to end. Melodie Church has 30 years of experience and is the president and creative director of Kudzu Interiors. Melodie wants to make sure that you are working with a team whom you trust and feel comfortable with, and most important, that you are completely satisfied with the end result of your project.

Do you work with other trade professionals?

We work in harmony with architects, general contractors and landscape designers, among others. This collaboration, which is called the “design/build process” is a very cost effective way to create your “dream project”. We encourage you to meet with us and consider this process before committing designs and ideas to paper.

Do you do remodeling?

Yes. While we are not contractors, we utilize our long-term relationship with the best contractors, craftsmen and artisans in our area. We can remodel a bathroom, update or totally rebuild a kitchen, add a fireplace, even add a room. Projects can be as simple as replacing flooring; it’s all up to you.

How long does the design process take?

The initial research and development phase varies according to the complexity of the job; however, in most cases we will present a preliminary presentation in three weeks. A preliminary presentation is a meeting where we present our design concept, basic drawings, color scheme, key fabrics, furnishings, and initial budget to make sure we are all on the same page.

The final design phase is presented as soon as you have made your decision. This will include all the working drawings, tear sheets of all the furnishings, memos of all the fabrics and the final budget which will have all the costs, item by item, on everything you need to complete your dream project.

How involved in the process do I need to be?

You may be involved as little or as much as you like. We enjoy and encourage your participation.

How does purchasing work?

Your completed design project includes a detailed budget. You choose what pieces you want to order, and then we create a proposal that details those items and prices.

After you approve and sign the proposal and return it with your payment, we will order your selection and provide you with delivery time-lines. The purchase of contracting services (installation of tile, cabinets, lighting, etc.) works the same way.

What will your services cost?

Our design fee is based on the square footage of your project, the scope of work involved and the location of your project. This fee represents a reasonable assessment of the time, materials and resources it will take to professionally complete your job, and it assures you that Kudzu Interiors will complete your project on time and on budget.

The scope of work and our design fee is defined and detailed in a document called a Letter of Agreement, which spells out the agreement between you and Kudzu Interiors.

How do we get started?

A face to face meeting is the best way for us to get to know each other. In our first meeting, we’ll want to listen to your ideas and look at any architectural drawings, blueprints or photos you may have. We really want to know your hopes and dreams for this design project. This meeting can happen at our office or in your home.