We generally will need the following information to get started:
Size of the space
What kind of surface covering is adjacent to the mosaic
The general style of the home
Ideas for design (botanical, still life, abstract, landscape, etc.)
Level of detail desired
From there, we work up some design sketches and quotes for several options with a timeline and various materials options. We work back and forth via the internet or over the phone with the client or the designer until the design is exactly what the client wants. This is then colorized so that the client will be able to see the different color options which we can also overlay into a photo of the space. After this colorized version is approved, we use it to create a full size pattern which we will use in piecing the mosaic. Below is a colorized design sketch for a large mosaic mural for a kitchen in La Jolla, CA
For smaller mosaics, like a backsplash behind a stove, we will generally grout and adhere the mosaic to 1/4" cement board to be installed directly to the wall onsite. Many clients will frame the mosaic with a stone or tile molding which ties into the remainder of the backsplash area. For larger murals, we are available to come to the clients site and install the mosaic, or it can be installed by a tile professional. Below is a photo of the La Jolla kitchen after installation of the mural as well as some samples of other kitchen projects.