I've had phone conversations with a couple and given them the basics of what I'm looking for: Kitchen renovation that requires opening/relocating walls, bathroom update and potential
master bedroom enlarging (our master bath is 6x6). We're also looking at updating paint & flooring. Our home is a 3/2 ranch from the mid/late 80's around 15-1600 sq ft on a slab.
The two I've spoken with price their service completely different so I'm not sure what additional questions to ask to compare them apples to apples.
A) Prices the work in phases 1) Design 2) Concepts created 3) Schematics 4) Final Blueprints The fee is a percentage of the budget and you could stop after any of the phases. I still need to ask questions here as don't have the breakout of the percentage per phase or if the percentage mentioned included the "build".
B) Prices the "design" at a fixed $$ then gives you credit for 1/2 of that if you use them to do the build. The build is then cost plus a percentage with a minimum percentage.
I advised both my proposed budget, level of finish, appliances already purchased for kitchen and idea for kitchen layout already thought out.