11. Paint schedule
Painting can be complicated. When numerous colors have been chosen for various rooms, a paint schedule makes it easier to keep track of things. It outlines which wall is to receive which color and texture, and with what finish, for every room of the house. It’s useful for helping general contractors make sure they create the design they were asked for, as well as for budgeting and ordering the correct amount of paint and other supplies.
12. Soft goods
As the name implies, this refers to the soft and cuddly side of decor — the non-furniture items made from fabric. Think linens, pillows, table skirts, bedspreads. Be prepared to chat long and hard about thread count!
13. Case goods
This refers to room furnishings used to encase other things, such as a closet, chest of drawers or bedside cabinet, and it can also include headboards, tables and footboards.
Installation refers to the act of fitting and attaching ordered furnishings such as beds, cabinets, wallpaper and artwork in the rooms. You’re often able to order the installation service with the products, and a specific “install day” will be decided upon.
15. Customer’s own material (COM)
Sometimes customers will come to you with their ideas. This is where you’ll have to curate your vision, products and materials to create the look they’re going for. COM refers to curating or adjusting a specific product or item with the material or color palette of the client’s choice. High-end furniture is usually priced with the assumption that the fabric will be decided on and paid for separately. Some clients love this freedom of creation, and it also means more individualism and custom items for you and your portfolio.
16. Cutting for approval (CFA)
In the design world, get used to “trying it on for size.” A cutting for approval is a small piece of product stock used for color and tactile reference. When selecting an item of furniture or a flooring material, for example, you might want to order a CFA of the fabric or flooring so you can get a feel for the actual stock you’d receive before ordering. CFAs are widely requested by interior designers to compare a material to the original display item and confirm that the quality meets expectations.
17. Interior designer software
The move toward desktop and mobile solutions for interior design business management has accelerated quickly over the last decade. According to Mordor Intelligence, the interior design software market was valued at $3.8 billion in 2020. As part of its interior design project management solutions, Houzz Pro aims to help professionals manage their projects, communicate with their clients and create designs in a more efficient and seamless way. From CRM and project timelines to proposals and 3D floor plans, Houzz Pro knits it all together as one interior design business management software powerhouse.
18. Floor plan
From a bird’s-eye view, a floor plan is a scaled drawing of the dimensions and relationships between rooms, spaces and other features such as walls and windows. Use Houzz Pro Visualization Tools to craft your floor plan in the simplest, most convenient way possible.
19. Space plan
Think of this as a designer’s architectural plan. Similar to a floor plan, a space plan shows where all the furnishings are to be placed within the space. These are done at scale to show the realism, relationships and compliance of the design.
20. 3D floor planner
Nothing can beat the realism that comes with 3D. A form of interior design software, 3D floor planner tools, like the one included with Houzz Pro, allow you to create a digital model that shows the layout of a home or property in 3D, giving both perspective and height. They’re easy to use and highly effective at impressing and pleasing clients.