John McClain Design

The Process

How does a Project begin?

What's involved in the process?

What are our steps to bring your home to life?

Read on...

It All Starts With A Consultation

Your home's transformation begins with an in-home consultation. We meet with you at your home to review your current situation and to discuss all of your wishes and plans for the space(s). We're all ears in the beginning and take copious notes based on what you show and tell us. We then make suggestions as to what we feel will create a better and more functional living environment; some changes could be implemented right away, such as re-positioning furniture or editing accessories, others might require more follow-up such as detailed drawings and furniture plans.

Your project also might only need the simple addition of furnishings, or possibly, it could involve a partial or full renovation. Either way, we will explain why these changes could make a better home for you and your family. At the end of our meeting, you leave with written details of our suggestions to either follow through on your own, or you may choose to move forward with the experienced and professional team at John McClain Design allowing us to take care of all of the agreed upon details from start to finish. Our Consultation Fee is $400 & includes up to a two hour meeting in your home. 


Our Services


      Design Development

      • Develop design concept including color schemes, design styles, finishes, and materials.
      • Consult on selection of appliances and fixtures
      • Draw tile and/or stone concept plan
      • Provide detailed finish schedule


      • Provide furniture layout and floor outlet locations
      • Provide detailed floor plan and elevations for the kitchen and baths, if needed

      Purchasing and Consultation

      • Purchase designer materials on your behalf as needed and approved by you
      • Consult with outside trades people

        Project Evaluation-Programming and Analysis

        • Define needs and goals
        • Analyze function of space
        • Determine use of existing furniture
        • Identify style
        • Establish budget
        • Define technical requirements
        • Measure areas included in project

        Schematics and Drafting

        • Provide working drawings to include furniture plan, drapery elevations, sketches
        • Preliminary review and evaluation of drawing

        Design Development

        • Develop design concept including color schemes, furniture styles, finishes, and materials.
        • Visit showrooms to determine design concept and style
        • Review magazine and photos
        • Select furniture vendors

        Concept Application

        • Select flooring, wall covering, window coverings, lighting, furniture, fabrics and accessories
        • Draw custom furniture as required
        • Evaluate budget and selections
        • Review for scale, balance, harmony, and composition

        Purchasing and Procurement

        • Define purchases required
        • Write purchase orders & process with vendor
        • Re-select back orders & discontinued materials
        • Expedite orders
        • Coordinate crating, shipping and delivery


        • Converse with other trade sources as needed
        • On-site installation of interior furnishings

        Facilitation and Coordination or Referrals to:

        • Architects
        • General Contractors
        • Landscaping Architects
        • Mechanical and Structural Engineers
        • In-depth review of your specific design needs
        • Conceptual architectural design development with clients and architect


        • Define any unfinished details
        • Meet with client to evaluate project results