I decided I want a new kitchen. I paid a kitchen designer a design deposit.
I gave him a budget and his design is very nice, but way over my budget. I didn't sign anything. I have no invoice. I just want the designs. It's not like he can use them elsewhere, they are custom for my home and layout. Because I chose not to go with his overpriced quote he tells me he doesn't have to give me the designs. I find this spiteful. Then what did I pay for? How do I get the designs?
Many kitchen and washroom designers make their money off markups and spec'ing products. It's a way to hide the true cost of having a designer involved in the project.
The design deposit in my experience should at the very least allow you to take the drawings/rendering seeings they didn't actually order, coordinate trades or install anything however even with a signed contract it would be difficult to get the drawings from the designer. Even if so they could provide completely different designs and who's to say which is true.
I do apologize, it's designers like that which hurt the industry. This is why I never hide markups and always provide the true cost upfront to clients and educate them on the design process.
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