Six Considerations Before Your Remodel

July 15, 2018
Often homeowners have excellent ideas when it comes to design, but they might not have the resources or ability to put it all together and have it come to fruition in a functional and aesthetically pleasing way. You may be saying to yourself, “I can’t afford you.”  Maybe you can’t, but then again, people often spend many thousands and have the job come out poorly because they can’t visualize what one component will look and perform like with others.
When you have lots of good ideas, but you don’t know how to select the best one for your home or your style, interior designers are essential… or you want a home (or room) makeover but don’t know exactly where to start.
Interior designers can be a great resource when it comes to taking ideas and making them come to realization.

1. Designers Have Connections

Interior design is not a hobby: it is a business, albeit a creative one, with the goal of making money.  To that end, most designers have learned what resources will function properly, what will last, and what will translate into a homeowner (that's YOU) who is satisfied with the end product.  
Networking is a big part of any successful business, so learn to which organizations your designer belongs.  The industry has regular upgrades and inventions, so ask how many educational events your potential designer has attended in the last six months.  Designers who have been in the trade for years will know where to go for the best floor tile, cabinets, furniture… the list goes on and on.  The products that they can purchase are often unique to the trade- not something that the public can even access unless you go through a designer.  If you are looking for a fabulous faux painter, a staircase fabricator or a unique granite slab for your kitchen countertops, a good designer will know where to go to find that specialty item for you.
Credit: NKWoodworking & Design

2. Share Your Budget

What’s your budget for the space?  Home owners often tend to want to hedge on this, but it is vital that you are honest and forthright with this question.  It is very easy to get carried away and exceed spending limits. By discussing your budget with your designer you will have someone else in your corner to help you plan accordingly so you can get the end results you desire.



3. Your Tastes and Preferences

When you get ready to work on a project, be honest with yourself and the designer. If you do not get along or feel that the designer's approach is too radical or too conservative, then speak up! After all, it is your space and your money, and you are the one who will reap the result of the interior that you are changing.



You need to respect the designer’s education and experience, but you don’t have to feel like you have to “go with” every one of the designer’s selections if you do not share the same opinion of those choices. Go slowly at first to make sure you have the right pro on your team. Once you feel comfortable and everyone knows the plan, move ahead! 

4. Consultations

We have all been inside someone's home that was a design nightmare.  You may even consider yourself the "Design Disaster" poster child!  As you read this, you might be saying, "Not everyone has the budget to spend tens of thousands of dollars on interior design." News flash: Often you can often spend an equal amount and get highly desirable results. It is worth $300-500 to find out what it might cost to redo a room or perhaps an entire house? You might be able to get an interior designer to come and consult with you for just an hour or two for this amount of money. You might be surprised by what we can do for you! There are affordable alternatives that many designers know about.

5. New Construction

Are you thinking of building a new home soon? If so, you really need to get an interior designer involved early in the planning process. This individual will add lots of expertise to your design choices, and the result will be worth every penny you’ve spent.
Designers often work with architects. The combination of talents can produce spectacular results. Interior designers can offer much with respect to the final fit and finish of rooms and how they relate to each other with respect to color and texture. Budget some money for the services of an interior designer on your upcoming new home project.



6. Are Interior Decorators and Designers the Same?

Let us make a distinction between decorators and designers.  Decorators can be very talented. Many have experience with colors, wallpapers, and other finishes used to decorate a house. These are fine qualities.
Interior designers take these talents and enhance them using their training, usually having college degrees in design. A decorator rarely - if ever - has the extensive training that accompanies an interior design degree.  If you just want help selecting a sofa and throw pillows, then you might do fine working with a decorator, although they may charge an equal amount to a designer. However, if you want to make structural changes, or even create a balanced and inviting space for your flooring, furniture, wall treatments, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, paints, interior trim, etc. into a cohesive space, you’d better hire a designer!
photo credit: 2012 Commencement via photopin (license)
“Interior design is more than just aesthetics. It's about finding creative design solutions for interior environments while supporting the health, safety and well being of occupants and enhancing their quality of life.” 

In conclusion

Questions?  Respond via email and we will try to assist you with some more answers. We would love to hear from you in writing about your design successes, (ideally with pictures) as well as your challenges!  Remember, we convert ordinary spaces into extraordinary places!


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