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In simple terms, a legally registered interior design company should have the words "Interior Decoration" in its name, and must employ at least one technical staff member holding a "Professional Design License" or a "Professional Construction License". Our company holds both types of licenses, ensuring that you can design and decorate with peace of mind.

The following is an excerpt from the Building Interior Decoration Management Regulations for reference:

Article 5: The scope of interior decoration practitioners' business is as follows:

  1. Architects who are registered and established in accordance with the law may engage in interior decoration design business.
  2. Construction companies that are registered and established in accordance with the law may engage in interior decoration construction business.
  3. Interior decoration companies may engage in interior decoration design or construction businesses.

Article 9: Interior decoration companies shall employ full-time technical staff members in accordance with the following provisions:

  1. For those engaged in interior decoration design business: at least one professional design technical staff member.
  2. For those engaged in interior decoration construction business: at least one professional construction technical staff member.
  3. For those engaged in both interior decoration design and construction businesses: at least one professional design and one professional construction technical staff member, or at least one technical staff member with both professional design and professional construction credentials.

When applying for company or business registration, an interior decoration company should include the words "Interior Decoration" in its name.

The best interior design recommendation not only focuses on design style, but also on the importance of choosing a professional interior decoration company with two types of professional licenses, providing the most basic guarantees under government regulation.

The payment methods for interior design vary depending on the company. Generally, the payment methods of interior design companies may include the following:

  1. Deposit plus staged payments: Customers need to pay a certain percentage of the deposit when signing the contract, and then pay the fees according to the staged payment ratio specified in the contract during the project.

  2. Full advance payment: Customers need to fully prepay the design fee and project cost when signing the contract, and then start the interior design and decoration project.

  3. Progress payment method: Customers need to pay the corresponding fees according to the progress report provided by the designer and engineer.

  4. Payment upon completion: Customers need to pay the corresponding design fee after the design company completes the corresponding design results and confirms with the customer.

Our company is divided into design contracts, engineering contracts, and design-engineering package contracts. The payment methods are all deposit plus staged payments, and different stage goals are listed according to the type of contract. The payment can be made in cash or by cash check (including but not limited to banknotes, wire transfers, electronic payments), and an invoice will be issued after the payment is confirmed.

There are many types of interior design projects, and here are some examples:

  1. Full-service design: The interior designer is responsible for planning, designing, and overseeing the entire interior renovation project.
  2. Partial design: The interior designer is responsible for designing and overseeing a specific area or project, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or living room.
  3. Color design: The interior designer is responsible for selecting colors, materials, and other aspects of the interior design.
  4. Furniture design: The interior designer is responsible for designing, selecting, and overseeing the installation of furniture.
  5. Consulting service: The interior designer provides interior design advice and recommendations to clients, but is not responsible for the design and management of the project.
  6. Decoration design: The interior designer is responsible for providing advice and oversight on interior decoration and soft furnishings.
  7. Green interior design: The interior designer is responsible for providing sustainable and environmentally friendly interior design solutions to clients.

Our company mainly focuses on full-service design, hoping to implement the core of the design through complete design and construction. Of course, partial design is also adjusted according to customer needs, hoping to create highlights and enhance the overall quality of the project.

In addition, the types of projects we can undertake include office design, commercial space design, and residential design. All of these types of spaces can be designed and executed through our full-service design approach, creating timeless works of art.

The grasp of indoor renovation budget needs to consider the following factors:

Project requirements: Firstly, it is necessary to clarify the renovation needs of the project, such as which spaces need to be renovated, what materials and decorations are required, etc. Based on the clear requirements, budgeting can begin.

Material selection: The type, brand, and quality of materials will all affect the budget. It is necessary to choose suitable materials based on one's needs and budget, while also paying attention to quality and cost-effectiveness.

Decorating style: Different decorating styles will have different impacts on the budget, such as the cost of luxury-style renovation usually being higher than that of a minimalist style.

Scope of work and timeline: The scope of work and timeline of the renovation will also affect the budget. Generally speaking, the larger the scope of work and the longer the timeline, the higher the cost of the renovation.

Professional advice: Professional interior designers and renovation companies can be consulted to provide advice and budget quotations, in order to understand the overall budget situation of the renovation project.

Considering the above factors, one can have a grasp of the indoor renovation budget. At the same time, during the budgeting process, a certain amount of flexibility should be taken into account, leaving some budget space to cope with possible unexpected situations and changes.

Generally speaking, based on past renovation experience, the budget can be roughly divided into the following ranges (excluding design fees and supervision fees):

Functional renovation: about 30,000-40,000 NT dollars per ping.

Focused renovation to achieve design goals: about 50,000-80,000 NT dollars per ping.

Attention to all design details: about 90,000-120,000 NT dollars per ping.

The above are relatively common budget estimates for newly-built houses undergoing renovation, all of which include budget flexibility for adjustments based on style.

In addition, renovation of old houses is more complicated. With the need to update plumbing and electrical systems, along with rising costs for demolition and waste removal, it is recommended to budget above 100,000 NT dollars per ping in order to achieve safe and comfortable living for over 30 years.

"Client changes", commonly known as "customization", refer to changes made by customers to pre-sale properties. During the pre-sale period of real estate, developers offer buyers the option to modify the original design or layout of the property to suit their personal needs, such as adding or modifying interior partitions, changing decoration materials, and selecting existing equipment. Buyers need to submit a request for client changes within the agreed upon time frame, based on the flexibility provided by the developer. Some items may be listed as additional fees, such as reserving charging station circuits.

If the client change conditions provided by the developer have been confirmed at the time of purchase, buyers can start looking for interior designers to collaborate with the developer. The earlier buyers can get assistance from interior designers to communicate their client change requirements, the more they can make changes to better suit their final usage needs and ultimately save a significant amount of budget.

Renovation refers to the process of transforming an old and outdated building into a modern and comfortable one. This involves updating and improving the building's structure, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as redesigning and decorating the interior space.

Therefore, for interior designers working on renovation projects, there are three essential requirements:

  1. Professional design skills are the most basic element. Renovation is a process of connecting old buildings to the new era, and through the training of design professionals, the cultivation of professional quality is not only a simple presentation of design, but also a clearer understanding of the context buried in the wall during the renovation process.

  2. Long-term experience in contracting, familiarity with project interfaces, and the ability to effectively prevent and solve possible renovation issues.

  3. The most important point is that the execution of business content has always been the continuous execution of the first two items. Some design companies are only responsible for designing and drawing construction drawings, and some construction companies focus more on executing the project, and fewer consider the design aspect. Only companies with both professional execution capabilities can comprehensively consider all aspects and become the best bridge between the old and the new.

In indoor renovation projects, there may be situations where additional budget is required due to the following factors:

Issues with the building itself: If there are problems with the building itself, such as an old or poorly constructed structure, concealed pipelines, etc., this could increase the difficulty of the construction process and lead to the need for additional budget.

Changes in design: If the client requests changes to the original design during the construction process, such as a change in materials or decoration style, this may also require additional budget.

Increase in building material prices: The prices of building materials are subject to fluctuations. If the prices of building materials increase during the construction process, this may also require additional budget.

Extended construction time: If the construction time exceeds the originally estimated time, this may require additional budget due to factors such as increased labor and material costs.

Regarding the possibility of additional costs due to the first factor, this is more likely to occur in renovation projects of older buildings. We try to minimize this possibility through the renovation process while coordinating with the existing structure. Thus, with mutual agreement, we conduct an initial design and specify the demolition of certain areas so that previously concealed parts can become visible and the potential for additional costs is reduced.

As for the second factor, we confirm the final budget during the signing of the quotation after conducting a detailed analysis of the various options proposed, thereby minimizing the need for changes in design during the construction process. Therefore, the comprehensive drawing discussion in the design process is crucial in reducing the uncertainty of later modifications.

Regarding the third and fourth factors, when we are fully entrusted and have signed a contract quotation, the total price is the final quote. The risks associated with market fluctuations are included in the execution guarantee.

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