About Ray-Lee M. Interiors
Ray-Lee M. Interiors is a residential interior design firm, offering full scope interior design service from new construction or remodeling.
Services include conceptual and artistic direction, project management, planning, purchasing and installation.
Full service interior design - including design concepts, space planning, design development, contract documentations and specification, site supervision and project management.
- New Construction
- Environment-Friendly Design
There is really no specific brands that we work with. Most of the vendors that we select to use on our project, we make sure that their products exudes excellent workmanship and the company itself shows responsibility to the environment.
Questions and Answers
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
I normally recommend to my client to have a budget on what they can really spend. Have clear objective of what they would like to accomplish. Make sure that they also hire someone that they feel understand and respect them. Communication is key in making this relationship work.
How can we save money hiring you?
Cutting corners and looking for cheap may not be the best way to save. Proper planning and execution of a project is definitely the best way to save time and money. Hiring someone to guide you as what, when, where, and how to purchase is the best. Taking the time to make decisions also works.
What types of jobs are the most common?
The most common jobs are client looking to update their space. Sometimes they may have a bathroom or kitchen that is 25 years old. Or that family room that is worn and need to be re-purposed.
What is important to know about your profession?
Customers are sometimes unaware of all the behind the scenes work that is being done on their project. Watching HGTV and seeing a project done in one hour, gives the impression that exactly how it done. There is a lot of coordination and filing, paperwork and specifications that can take days to complete and approve. An error in any of the above can be prove to very costly as well as delay the project timeline. If we are really great at our profession, all this process appears seamless to the client. Which is what we always strive for.
How many projects do you average in a year?
The scope of the project determines our workload. For smaller jobs we can do anywhere from 10-18 projects. For larger projects like a 8000 sq ft home we did in 2007,we can do only 2.
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
I feel asking for references will give a client a clear idea on who they will be working with. Some of the best questions to ask those references are:
- Were they on budget?
- Was the project finished on time?
- How did they communicate any challenges that they faced during the course of the project?
- How quickly did they answer emails and return phone calls?
The answers to these questions will determine professionalism and how well you can work with this person.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
Ques: How much does it cost?Ques: Do I have to throw away all my stuff to get a finished room?Ans: Not necessarily. Most of your furniture can be re-purposed and look like new. You can replace the foam and fabric on a sofa, you can have a wood table refinished in a different color, etc.Ques: I don't have a specific style I like, can you help?
What are you most proud of?
We recently worked with a bachelor pad on the beach, whose challenge was pulling the his concept together. After the project was completed (3 months) he was so happy to see his dream home a reality. A happy client makes us happy!
We started in 2000. Our first project was a house in Coconut Creek Florida. We were commissioned to customize this home at first with architectural elements (crown molding, archway etc.) After we were through with that, the client asked us to furnish the home. It turned out beautifully. Since then, we have completed many projects in South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America.