Design Services and Fees

Every project, big or small, begins with a virtual consultation, which can also be arranged as a stand-alone service. Personal renovation design in NYC is our primary service, with remote design, "independent study" and gift certificates also available.


- A design consultation with 121 principal, Clare Donohue, focuses on how the space could look and function better, and is suitable for decorating projects and some smaller renovations.  $300 

- A project evaluation includes both designer and project manager and is suitable for larger renovations. Together, we can advise not only on the design potential but about what to expect, such as how much time and money to budget, the type of permits that may be required, etc. $500 

Schedule a consult.  Please send along any relevant photos, floor plans and wish lists with your request, and include your building's Alteration Agreement. 

Further design services may be contracted for afterwards (see below). The cost of the consultation is not deductible from future work and participating in a consultation does not commit either party to a larger project. 


After the consultation, we can contract for the project itself. Here's what to anticipate:  

- Design fees for Renovation Projects

- Design fees for Decorating Projects

121Studio has a cooperative relationship with third party specialists who handle project management and DOB  Filing, as well as contractors and other installers.  


Design services are provided by the hour. Principal @ $250 PH / Design Assistant @ $175 PH /Non-design helper @ $100 PH. 


The designer does not believe in the old-fashioned mark-up system. Trade discounts on purchases are extended to the client without markup. Therefore, design fees are offset by trade savings on materials. 

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