Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why Work With a Designer?

As you begin to think about what your home improvement budget will allow this year, consider engaging an interior designer early on.   

Isn't that more expensive?  Won't I get a design that reflects the designer's taste, not my own?   How hard can it be...I know just want I want?  

These are common objections that we tackle day to day as we tell people about what we do as designers.  This month, we'll be addressing some of these common objections, tell you what it is like to work with an Eheart designer, and give you a couple of ideas of how to prepare to work with one of us. 

So, why work with an interior designer?

Establish continuity through your entire space.  Most people can't do it all at once.  Perhaps they do a room or a two at a time, or do finishes in a room and then update furnishings down the road.  Regardless of how it gets done, most people complete their home over a series of projects--not a single overhaul.  An interior designer can help you establish a long range plan for your design that will create continuity through your entire space.  That way, when the last project is finally done, your whole house looks tied together and you don't have to go back and redo the first few rooms to mesh with the last few.
Save money.  I had a client come in the other day to ask for my business card to give to a friend.  She'd been at a holiday party a few nights before and heard her friend talk about getting ready to do their kitchen.  We had just completed the design for her master bath.  She said "You know, I look back and think...we could have done it ourselves and spent more money than we wanted to, settled on materials, and had a space that looked like we, well, did it ourselves.  Instead, we got a creative design, stayed in our budget and have the peace of mind that everything is going to go smoothly."  This client's statement captured what I try to convey to people all the time.  Designers are familiar enough with people in the industry, products, and creative methods that will help you do what you want to do without breaking the bank.
Clever, fresh ideas.  Part of a designer's job is to stay on top of trends, new products, and new construction methods.  So, by working with a designer, you'll be sure that you're not just recycling ideas, color schemes, and materials from three years ago.
Do it right the first time and avoid headaches.  Interior design possess nuances even seasoned designers cannot explain...like why toilets don't come with seats, or why faucets don't come with drains.  By engaging a designer early on in your project, you'll get things ordered correctly and avoid costly replacements or surprise costs.
Establish the correct sequence of projects.  Since most people change their homes in phases, an interior designer can help you settle on a logical sequence of those phases to avoid costly redos down the road.

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