When should you work with designers?

When should you work with designers?

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Last week I talked about why I think home shows are an excellent resource for homeowners and how they offer the opportunity to research materials, trends, renovators, and designers. I also mentioned that it’s best to hire a general contractor first, especially if you are doing a large-scale renovation with structural changes, and hire an interior designer to help with design and layout, as required.

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There’s a lot of value, however, in hiring an interior designer for other scenarios.

Interior designers are the icing on the cake. They provide an extensive list of services such as design consultations, site measurements and assessments, space planning, design concepts, purchasing, and project management.

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Should you hire a designer when you move into a new home?

Hiring an interior designer when you move into a new house is a great decision. They can help you refresh and update your home by selecting paint colours, lighting, window coverings, floor plans, etc. They’ll help you make decisions that are right for you and your lifestyle, and they’ll help you integrate existing furnishings with new pieces and even select artwork to create a unified and beautiful space. Most importantly, they can assist you in maximizing the functionality of your new space.

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Should you hire a designer when you downsize?

An interior designer can be beneficial when you downsize. They can help you choose which furniture to keep even as they identify the limitations of the new space. An interior designer will access your current style and furnishings and work with you to find solutions for an easy transition. They can also help manage the emotions of a big move, by guiding you through the process and narrowing down selections, their informed judgment unaffected by emotional attachments.

Should you hire a designer for major renovation projects?

When working on major renovations, I like collaborating with designers, and I think adding them to the renovation team helps the project’s overall success. A designer helps to create a strategy that will ensure all decisions, big and small, work together to create a final look that reflects your style and has flow and function.

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One of the best things about working with an interior designer is taking advantage of virtual design apps and 3D software to create concept drawings of the relevant spaces. There’s nothing better than being able to visualize what your new space will look like before the work has actually started. This allows for any adjustments to be made before the demo begins.

A designer can include everything the client wants to see, including furniture specs, accessory boards, and material boards. Often, designers will also have clients or potential clients answer a questionnaire to help establish their likes and dislikes, which permits the designer to better understand the client. It also helps verify whether or not the designer and client are a good fit. The whole process can ease any stress or apprehensions on the part of the client, in particular.

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Should you hire a designer when renovating a kitchen?

This is a perfect example of an occasion when a general contractor and a kitchen designer are a great combination. I often work with kitchen specialists, because they provide additional knowledge of space planning, storage, design, and materials. A well-thought-out kitchen design with top-of-the-line appliances, innovative design, and good flow will bring a lot of personal value to your space, and it almost guarantees to raise the value of your home. Experienced kitchen designers will also help you avoid expensive mistakes and misgivings, and help you determine how to make the space function best for you.

Are designers worth the cost?

A good designer’s job is to keep costs under control and to make sure you are getting the best for your money. They will streamline the design process and draw on a wealth of knowledge and contacts to acquire unique products, and materials, as well as vendors and trades. Interior designers will also bring new life to your ideas, and allow you to take more risks. They are invaluable for helping you find the perfect solutions for your space. Typically, designers charge for their time and pass on their trade discounts to the client, however, it is important to discuss the fee structure before entering a contract.

The decision to hire an interior designer is a profoundly personal one. While some people enjoy having someone else take on the responsibility for decision-making, others prefer not to relinquish control. A designer will work with you to make sure your project is a success. If you’re unsure about hiring a professional designer, take your time, ask questions, and find someone that fits your style and personality.

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