The Interior Design Timeline, Broken Down By a Pro

interior design timeline

Home is a sacred environment where you can escape to. Entrusting your space to an interior designer can be a scary thought, but understanding how an interior designer works and finding one you trust can be exactly what you need to get that beautiful home you’ve only dreamed of.

Learn how interior designers work, what a typical interior design timeline looks like, and how to team up with the right interior designer to achieve your dream home.

How Do Interior Designers Work?

As interior designers, we take your ideas, jumbled Pinterest boards, and individual needs, and create beautiful, cohesive, well-thought-out living spaces. Using the expertise that’s culminated from countless experiences on job sites, in homes, and at design conferences and markets, we can create stunning designs that enrich an otherwise lackluster space.

Read on to learn how to work with your luxury home interior designer and what to expect during each stage of the interior design timeline.

How To Work With an Interior Designer: Full Timeline

No two clients are the same, so no two homes are the same either; therefore, some projects are quick and done in a matter of months and other projects, like a luxury new build, can take years.

We’ve outlined the general process for a custom home build to give you a better idea of the interior design timeline you should expect.

Custom Home Build Timeline

Building a custom luxury home understandably has the longest interior design project schedule. This is because we will be starting the process from scratch, even before the construction on your home begins.

Idea Exploration

The idea exploration stage is often the most exciting process. In our kickoff meeting, we ask for concepts and images of the homes you like. We use these as inspiration to help illustrate your aesthetic.

You may not know all the lingo and vocabulary terms to properly communicate your style but pictures speak for themselves and offer a great way to communicate with us. Our goal is to use our extensive knowledge to interpret your vision and create a functional and comfortable space specific to your home.

Often, several renderings are created before finalizing a design that captures your lifestyle and personality. The idea exploration step can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to ensure enough time to truly capture your thoughts in the initial renderings.

Professional Rendering

We display our design expertise during this step of the timeline through accurate and realistic 3D renderings of your luxury home. In addition to 3D renderings that are great to help you visualize your new space, we will draw technical and to-scale drawings for builders and subcontractors, creating detailed specification sheets to go with the designs. This process may take 3-4 weeks to complete depending on the number of revisions that are needed.


Once your design is finalized and all details carefully selected and approved, it’s now time to make your dream home a reality. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we value the professional and personalized relationship that we foster with each client as well as with the various other professionals involved in each project. We communicate and stay in touch during the entire construction process working alongside your builder and the various subcontractors to make sure all conceptual designs become a reality the way they were envisioned.

Furniture is also ordered during this time frame with your designer to make sure construction and architectural design are properly partnered with all the finishing touches. This entire process can take months to years to complete depending on the size of your new home and how quickly your construction team can safely complete the build.


Welcome home! The most gratifying step of the process is your dream home reveal. After much anticipation, we finally walk you through your professionally designed home. This walk-through is essential to ensure that everything is up to both technical standards and your personal expectations. With the completion of this step, we leave you to indulge in the luxury and this newfound sense of home where you’ll make memories for years to come.

Interior Design Timeline Changes

When it comes to interior design timelines, it’s best to keep an open mind and understand that not everything may go as planned. There are quite a few factors that may influence your timeline and cause a few setbacks. We’ve outlined just a few below to help you prepare for sudden timeline changes.

Material Availability

As mentioned earlier, material availability can have a major impact on the interior design timeline. If you have your heart set on a certain quartz countertop but it won’t be delivered for another three months, you’ll have to prepare for this extended timeline. Understand that luxury materials are a hot commodity and may take longer than expected to arrive.


If you’re building a luxury custom home, the weather can impact your timeline. Extreme heat can be dangerous for builders to work in, pushing your timeline back until it’s safe for construction to resume. Likewise, a rainy climate may impact your timeline as well. Consider what time of year your team will be working on your home and account for this potential impact.

Local Codes

When designing an all-new space, local codes can disrupt your timeline. If your construction team requires certain permits or permission to create the home you’re dreaming of, your timeline may be pushed back until that approval arrives. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to speed up this process aside from having patience and trusting your team to get the work done.

Work With Scottsdale’s Premier Interior Designer

Located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, Alisha Taylor Interiors is a full-service luxury interior design firm that conducts extensive home remodels and custom home builds. Partner with Alisha Taylor Interiors and let our expert team create your dream luxury home. See Alisha Taylor’s interior design work across the Valley of the Sun and what previous clients have to say, or if you are excited to jump into the process, contact us today.

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