The Design Phase
At LANDMARK Decorative Painting
we believe in the power of one's surroundings to contribute
to a better and more enjoyable quality of life. We work
mindfully to create unique environments that reflect
your specific needs and desires.
Not all our work is done on site. Any application beyond
a basic wall finish requires design time (i.e.: making
samples, preparing renderings, etc.). To begin the design
process we meet with you to listen carefully to your
ideas and requirements. We measure the space(s) involved,
take reference photographs, and make thumbnail sketches.
There is no fee for this first meeting. However, as
explained in more detail below under "Cost Considerations",
we do ask for a design fee to continue with
we have this commitment from you, we go back to the
studio to process your information and to gather research
materials that will be helpful in visualizing and illustrating
your vision. At our second meeting we bring these reference
materials and the sketches we've made for your comments
and suggestions. This meeting focuses even more specifically
on what your desires are for your painted decoration.
With your input from this
second meeting in mind, we return to the studio to create
a "to scale" color rendering of your proposed
decoration. The rendering serves two very important
1) it shows you what your application will
look like in your own environment--eliminating any last
minute surprises or disappointments;
2) it serves as
our necessary road map to accurately paint your decoration
at full size.
We have learned that this process provides
the most appreciated results and eliminates the temptation
to make hasty and costly spur-of-the-moment decisions.
is not until the client signs off on the final rendering
that we move on to the preparation and application phases
of the work.
your approval of the final rendering, we gather the
materials needed for your application. At the studio
the time is used to enlarge your designs and patterns
to full size. We then cut stencils and prepare tracings
or transfer patterns. We also begin to formulate specific
color mixes for application. Scaffolding is arranged
we arrive on site we ask that the client clear the workspace
of furniture and fragile items. On our arrival we mask
off appropriate areas and put down clean drop cloths
to protect floors and any remaining belongings.
Depending on travel time, we are usually on site by
10am. We finish for the day when the evening light makes
it difficult for us to see color and detail correctly.
If it is possible to leave our materials neatly in the
workspace it makes the use of time much more efficient.
If necessary, at the end of the day we can remove materials
to the garage or to another specified area, but it does
take time away from work on your artwork.
The rest of the time on site is spent making the real
magic happen. We mix and refine the colors we will use
for the painting. We transfer the full-size patterns
to the surfaces to be painted. More delicate designs
are traced onto the surface. For larger work, a charcoal
filled "pounce" bag is rubbed over a pattern
prepared with small pinpricked holes, leaving a light
charcoal powder outline (or "cartoon") on
the surface to be painted.
From this point on we are dedicated to making our paintbrushes
transform your environment into an inspiring and perfect
expression of your tastes and desires.
ask for a design fee at the conclusion of the first
fee, based on the anticipated scope of the project,
is to begin and support the design phase of the work
and to act as a calendar commitment on the part of the
client. The design fee is non-refundable
and pays for the work described in "The Design
Phase". Should the client decide not to continue
with the project after the design phase is completed,
there is no further obligation. Once the
final rendering has been approved and the client's sign-off
signature has been obtained, changes requested by the
client may require an additional charge.
The cost of the application
is based on the labor and materials that will go into
the work. At the beginning of the design
phase we provide an estimated "ballpark" cost
for the completed project. We solidify this
first estimate into an accurate bid commitment when,
at the end of the design phase, the client-approved
rendering provides the completed plan for the work to
It is also possible to
design to a specified budget if the client prefers to
work in that way. In either case, our goal
is to give you as much artistic impact and pleasure
Landmark Decorative Painting
is based in Los Angeles, California. We will provide
our services anywhere in the world. Costs
for travel and accommodation are in addition to other
look forward to the pleasure of bringing you the highest
quality decorative work available.