So we met up with the ID couple a couple of weekends ago. Before the meeting, i had already emailed them the floorplan to our new home.
On the day itself, we brought along a print out of ideas we have compiled along the way. Things we liked in particular for different areas….just so that they have a better feel of what are the ideas we would like to incorporate.
It was a very fruitful two-hour conversation, and some of the problems we had no solutions for, they were able to think of a solution to our liking!
We waited for the quotation from them, so that we have a rough idea of whether what we want to do is within our budget, and thankfully it is close. We also like the fact that they collect a flat fee (reasonably priced) from us, and that is it. There is no factoring of a mark up in the renovation cost because it is up to us to negotiate with any contractor we want.
We can ask different contractors for quotes and they will do the coordinating. We like the transparency. But the main reason we have decided to go with them is because we felt that they understood our needs, and we were all on the same page. At the end of the day, that is what matters the most.