Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions clients
ask Coyle Thompson Jones about our services and how we
Who do you normally work for?
CTJ works on all types of commercial offices and retail projects. We do
commerical interior design, corporate office design and space planning
for business owners, facility managers, commercial contractors, real estate
brokers, building owners, doctors, franchise owners and showroom managers.
We normally don’t work on hospitality projects or law offices.
How do you charge for your services?
We can charge hourly or by the square foot. Our rate is $100 per hour.
We would be happy to provide a quote for any project based on hours or
fee per square foot.
Is your firm willing to work on all size
projects – small or large?
We are willing and able to handle any size project. CTJ can design any
size full scope corporate project or we can handle a particular aspect
of a project, like just doing the construction drawings or selecting the
furniture. We design new projects in existing buildings or renovate spaces
for new uses or updated appearances.
Will you provide consulting services or
professional opinions on corporate projects?
Yes, that is why we are willing to charge hourly, so we can assist our
clients in whatever services they feel that they need.
parts of the United States do you work in?
We normally work in the southeastern portion of the United States, but
we can do consulting work anywhere in the world. We are licensed in the
State of Georgia but have completed projects with Architects in Florida,
Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. Locally, we work with clients
in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Smyrna, Roswell, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody,
Norcross, Duluth, Lawrenceville and surrounding areas.
If I want to use your firm, how do I get
Telephone or email us and we will love to set up a complementary meeting
with you to review the scope of your project and listen to your goals
and objectives. We can then provide you with a proposal. Once an agreement
has been reached, we will request a deposit in order to begin working
on your project. Within a week or two, depending on the project size,
we can present you with concepts sketches and floor plans.
Can you describe the typical phases of the design
- SELECTION OF OUR DESIGN FIRM/INTRODUCTION- Initial
meeting to meet the project team and review the site
- PROGRAMMING PHASE- We will set initial goals/objectives
and identify the pragmatic and subjective issues on your project. Beginning
with gross programming, we proceed through the process of detailing
your spatial needs.
- SPACE PLANNING PHASE- CTJ completes a two dimensional
allocation of the space satisfying the programming goals.
- CONCEPTUAL DESIGN PHASE- Sketches and drawings that
represent the major design elements/features are compiled for client
review and approval. Sometimes these sketches are used for construction
- PRICING DRAWINGS/CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION, PHASE ONE-
Floor plans, utility layout, lighting plans, and budget finish selections
are completed, reviewed and possible pricing.
- CONSTRUCTION BIDDING PHASE- Drawings are sent out
to multiple contractors for construction estimates or client may opt
to negotiate the cost with one specific contractor
- CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION, PHASE 2- Construction
drawings are finalized, including all elevations and details. MEP’s
are completed as necessary. Finish selections are budgeted in and final
selections occur during the permitting process.
- CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT IS AWARDED- Final pricing may
be reviewed again once drawings are completed. The construction schedule
is finalized and the drawings are sent to the county. Final finish selections
- CONSTRUCTION PHASE WITH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT- CTJ
can supervise the contractor and make site visits to represent the client
for an additional fee or we can be available for questions via the phone
to handle changes and questions for no additional charge.
- OCCUPANCY- Our client moves in! For an additional
fee, CTJ can provide plans coded to assist the movers in relocating
the existing and new furniture into the new space. We are also available
to spec or purchase any new furniture needed.