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Guidelines to Commission Custom Art

We are delighted that you are interested in commissioning artwork or architectural installations. In making this important investment, there are several things to keep in mind. Our custom mosaics cost anywhere between $125 to $500 per square foot and price is determined by many factors including size, materials and complexity of design.  Delivery and installation is priced separately.

Mosaics take time, and all of our fabrication work is done by hand, by skilled artisans. A small art piece or portrait may take 30 to 90 days from design approval. A large-scale work may take several months.

Our first consultation is free of charge and we can give you a price range fairly quickly.  Usually this can be accomplished in a phone call based on what you tell us regarding size and scope of work. If in person consultation required a nominal $100 per hour fee applies, plus reimbursement for travel if outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

To determine an exact cost we charge a non-refundable design fee based on information gleamed from our initial consultation and your understanding of the price range. The design fee ranges from $250 to $2,500. We will agree on the exact deliverables for that initial fee. For example: a pre-determined number of original designs, created by the artist from your specifications for you to select from, materials samples, to scale prototypes, budget and time-line, etc. Each commission is unique and we will work closely with you to ensure you we are working efficiently on your behalf.

To best to prepare for of our initial consultation, please provide us with the following information:

  1. What is the approximate size of the mosaic work you wish to commission?
  2. What, if any, imagery do you have in mind (flowers, a portrait, abstract surface enhancement?)
  3. What color palette do you have in mind?
  4. Are there specific materials you wish to incorporate?
  5. What is your budget?

We look forward to creating a unique mosaic art-work that exceeds your expectations. All of our custom work is site specific and one-of-a kind.