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General Design Agreement


This 13-page General Design Agreement is a legally binding contract written by a lawyer and valid in the state of CT. It is a comprehensive document that establishes the terms and conditions for the provision of design services.

  • It covers various aspects such as scope of work, fees, payment schedule, cancellations and refunds, privacy, copyrights, and limitations of liability.
  • The agreement outlines the rates and payment terms for the design services, including any additional fees such as travel expenses and procurement fees.
  • It specifies the client’s responsibility to reimburse the designer for out-of-pocket expenses incurred during the project.
  • The agreement includes provisions for cancellations, returns, refunds, and exchanges, stating that fees and payments are non-refundable except under specific circumstances.
  • It addresses the privacy of client information and the confidentiality of vendor relationships, prohibiting the client from contacting vendors directly or disclosing confidential information.
  • The document clarifies that the designer retains the intellectual property rights to the designs and prohibits the client from reproducing or publishing the designs without permission.
  • It sets limitations on the liability of the designer, stating that the maximum liability is limited to the net profit of the design services.
  • The agreement includes provisions for termination, early termination, and project closure, specifying the rights and responsibilities of both parties.
  • It highlights the independent contractor relationship between the designer and the client, emphasizing that the designer is not an employee and is responsible for their own taxes and business obligations.
  • The document includes provisions for the assumption of risk, indemnification, force majeure events, and choice of law and jurisdiction.
  • It provides for the possibility of mediation and arbitration in case of disputes and specifies that any arbitration shall be conducted by an experienced arbitrator in the construction and interior design industry.
  • The agreement addresses various miscellaneous matters such as assignment, survival of certain provisions after termination, and the agreement being the entire agreement between the parties.
  • It concludes with the acceptance of the terms and conditions by both parties.

Overall, the General Design Agreement establishes the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of both the designer and the client in their professional relationship.

Upon purchase, it is highly encouraged to have a local attorney review this contract to ensure it abides by local laws within your state/region. Portions of this Contract are specific to the state of CT and will need adjusting.

Note: I use a General Agreement for all projects, regardless of format, duration, or designer involvement. This is not specific to any single service/package and is required by every client of mine.  In addition to the General Agreement, each service/package has its own Terms and Conditions which are specific to their level of service. Therefore, every Client receives two contracts from me: (1) the General Agreement plus, (2) the applicable package Terms and Conditions

All aspects of these documents are customizable unless otherwise noted. All forms use a free program in either Canva, Google Docs, or Google Sheets. A free account is needed to customize. This is a digital product. ALL SALES ARE FINAL and includes a SINGLE-USE, STANDARD license only, which allows for a limited commercial use. This product may not be resold, transferred, or shared with any professional entity outside of your employees. Copyright restrictions apply and legal action may be taken.

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