Know you need a designer but not sure how it all works? No problem. Below you’ll find olliePop Design’s unique 3-phased approach to running a design project. We can’t wait to work with you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about our process.


Phase 1 : Brainstorm + Meet-n-Greet: $200


These sessions are fun and you'll get a lot of good feedback and takeaways from our first meeting. At this session we see your space, learn about the project, your design preferences, budget, etc. We have fun and do a bit of brainstorming. Our clients tell us that this meeting is hugely beneficial to them as it helps to bounce their ideas off a professional and get instant design feedback and direction. We get a chance to meet each other and decide if it seems like a good fit. And if it is, we have enough information now to determine the budget for Phase 2.



Phase 2: Design Plan: $1500* + per room


Phase 2 is all about the design plan, whose purpose is to nail down the overall look and feel of the space, from materials to colors to the final layout. The fun stuff! We deliver a plan that you will refer to throughout your remodel, and it's our proven method to ensure the overall design aesthetic is achieved once your space is complete. We have 3 unique ways to visualize this for you (listed below). Why 3? Well, because everyone visualizes things a bit differently. Some can grasp a concept from a moodboard, others need a moodboard and a sketch, and others can't visualize a darn thing unless they have a 3D model to stare at. And that's ok! It's why we have all 3 options.

NOTE - The most common option is a combination of #1 (moodboard) and #2 (sketch).

So let's talk more about what's in a design plan. Well, it's a combination of suggested materials and specific materials (for ex, we might suggest 3-4 tiles with the intention that you pick one of them, but we'll say 'modern nickel hardware' and show a picture of a faucet and pull example.) We don't suggest all final materials. Why? Because it'd be a waste of our time and your money, that's why. Because virtually NO ONE wants to give someone else full control over their house, and it'd be impossible to nail down every single material in one shot. So to save time and money, we do a combination of suggested and specific then use Phase 3 to nail down any outstanding details.

Our 3 unique ways are below. Have a look but don't worry if you don't know exactly which one is right for you right now. We go over them during our initial brainstorming meeting. 

*Simple and/or small rooms start at $1500.
More complex rooms such as a kitchen or bath, a large attic/basement, or multi-rooms due to open floor plans range from $2800-$6800+.
Models and blueprints take a lot more time to create so cost more.

1: Moodboard

Pros: Fast to create. Great at showing colors and textures. 

Cons: Doesn't convey layout

The moodboard is used most often and usually combined with a sketch or 2. 

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2: Sketch

Pros: Fast to create. Great for showing layouts or elevations of a part of a room (such as what a wall of bookcases may look like). Kitchen and bathroom sketches are often used to convey the overall layout (such as 18" base cabinet here. 42" there) and can be given to vendors to plug into their CAD programs to generate 3D renderings. Sometimes we don't have to go so far as to create a blueprint for a contractor or city permits and a sketch will suffice. 

Cons: Doesn't convey materials. Not as detailed as a blueprint or 3D model.

Sketches are often combined with a moodboard. 

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3: 3D Model + Blueprints

Pros: 3D models and/or blueprints are very time-consuming and therefore cost the most. But, they're a great tool to visualize large remodels, finishing spaces such as an attic or basement, or showing what a space would like with a wall (or 2!) opened up. They're also needed by the city for permitting purposes or by contractors to do the build-outs. 

Cons: 3D models are great at showing materials, but they don't have the vibrancy of a moodboard. Blueprints are more labor intensive than a quick sketch to show the layout. 


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Phase 3: Material Selection + Construction : $150/hr

Once we've settled on an overall design plan, we move into final material selection and the buildout of your space. And as mentioned above, people are all over the board as to how they like to pick out their final materials. Some want us to do it all, others want to do it all, and most are somewhere in between.

 This phase is also when construction is underway. We'll work with you and the contractors to ensure the design plan comes to life as expected from final location of outlets and switches to the "Oh shoot, we demo'd this wall, uncovered some hidden pipes that can't move, and now we need to tweak the room's layout."  

Because every project and person is unique, it's impossible to put together a blanket cost for this phase that'll work for everyone. So instead we create a bucket of hours from which to pull, and do our best to estimate up front how many we think it'll take. This way you have a pretty good idea of what the total may be, but can use more or less if needed.



Homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters all have unique needs. Contact us with a bit about your project. We look forward to hearing from you.