Updated: Feb 22, 2020
IF YOU HAVE EVER CONSIDERED HIRING A DESIGNER YOU MAY HAVE HAD SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS.
1. SHOULD AN AVERAGE FAMILY WITH AN AVERAGE BUDGET HIRE A DESIGNER?
I get asked this all the time as a designer.
I might be a little biased, but the answer is YES! ABSOLUTELY!
There is a lot to consider when doing any type of design work, getting professional help can save you from making many types of mistakes.
Plus, you will most assuredly end up with a better, more beautiful design, that will be priceless in the long run.
Hiring a professional versus DIY is a matter of skill. It takes organization and vision to solve a problem and see things differently. You may very well have the skill to build a wall, but if you end up with a 28” hallway when it should be 36”, that is an expensive mistake that you may have to live with for years. It is well worth the extra line item in your budget to ensure your project is getting done properly, creatively and beautifully.
2. I CAN’T AFFORD THAT! CAN I?
While it is true that many designers’ fees are outrageous, there are ways of getting the help you need and still stay within budget. Hiring an E-designer like me may be the perfect way for you to get a well-designed room for a reasonable price.
The internet has changed the way many businesses operate, and interior design is no different. With a little more work on your end, everything can be done virtually now. You can get a well-designed room for the fraction of the cost. Who doesn’t love that! Hiring a designer is about making sure that the project you’re about to do to your home works out the way you want it to, and doesn’t end up badly. Can we all say “money pit” in unison? Remodeling is a very expensive and permanent thing, and the results impact your everyday life, make sure it is right before you start.
If you’re working on a tight budget, it is even more crucial that you have a good design plan, because you will be living with these decisions for years to come. No matter what your budget range is, it will cost you a good chunk of money. Being prudent with your budget is essential. A designer can help you get the most for your money.
3. I JUST NEED A LITTLE HELP, DESIGNERS WANT TO TAKE OVER
A designer doesn’t have to be involved in every step of your renovation process.
There are many tasks your designer will be able to offer without having to go ‘all in’ for a full design plan. Be honest with yourself about the parts that are beyond your skill level, and let a designer do that task.
Some tasks you may consider are:
Create the documentation for your renovation –
This will include floor plans, elevations, and renderings. Also included should be a list of materials for the proposed plan.
These documents are what you use to communicate with your builder.
Help create an outline for your budget according to your goals –
Prioritizing and allocating your budget will help you stay on track.
Create a lighting plan –
A good lighting plan can make or break a design, and there is a lot more to it than picking out a great chandelier. Check out this post on creating a lighting plan.
New cabinet layout –
Cabinets can make the most of your available space, planning them can be tricky though.
Creating a furniture space plan –
This helps with traffic flow and what size furniture to buy.
Putting all those colors and materials together –
Getting a good variety of color and texture can be challenging.
4. DESIGNERS DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, NOT WHAT YOU WANT
One of the first things a designer is taught when working with a client is to design for their taste and their needs, not ours.
Yes, we infuse our style into our design, after all, isn’t that why you hire us? But we never want it to take priority over your personality. Your home needs to reflect who you are and what is important to you. In order to do this, your designer needs to get to know you and your family, this helps us make design decisions based on your lifestyle.
KEEP IN MIND:
You also need to know what you need them to do for you.
If you are looking for someone to figure out how to get your home to work more efficiently by moving some walls around, most designers will have the ability to help figure that out and get you the drawings that you need to give to your builder. However, if you need someone to help polish up the decor of your home, then you may want to shop around for someone that has a similar aesthetic to work within your preferred style.
Additionally, designers have to get their ideas signed off by the client before they can proceed. Every product that is used is brought to the client to receive an approval in writing before that product is purchased or a project has gotten underway. Unless of course you’re on TV and you have agreed to a surprise reveal! Many times a designer will have to bring a client around to their way of thinking about a specific piece of the design if the client can’t envision it or doesn’t understand why that choice is being made. But ultimately it is your decision! It is our job to respect your wishes and proceed accordingly.
4. WHAT IF I HIRE A DESIGNER TO CREATE A PLAN AND I DON’T LIKE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO?
You need to do your homework and interview a few designers. Most will have a style or look that they lean towards, but a good designer will be able to work within the style set forth by the client.
However, let us not forget that working with your taste and comfort level while infusing it with our design expertise is what we do best. We make magic ya know!
Understand that hiring a designer to do certain things for your home is not an extravagance, or only for the wealthy. It is something that the average person should look at as a necessity if they are planning any kind of home improvement project.
Let me show you how easy and wonderful it can be to allow a designer to give you the home of your dreams.