In the midst of planning your dream home? Whether you’re renovating an existing property or building a home from scratch, the best way to ensure you get the space and style you want is to hire an interior designer before blueprints are set in ink.
You may be thinking: “But I have an architect and a builder!” While both are incredibly important, a designer serves a separate, but equally critical, purpose in the build process. Interior designers are trained not just at selected furnishings and decor, but at creating spaces that function for the people who live in them. From determining the correct amount of kitchen storage, to selecting flooring that will stand up to kids and pets, and choosing window placements that best maximize natural light (and the view), interior designers ensure the crucial details in a home design are thoughtfully considered.
As a designer, it is my job to envision the end result, and to know the details that will get you there. I’ve often found that when my clients hire me to come into their projects after the architectural plans are done — or even after the construction is complete, they already have a list of changes they’d like to make to their dream home. Common issues include things like not enough storage, too-small countertops, or a lack of hardwired lighting. While we’re always able to come up with creative solutions to these problems, the best, cheapest, and easiest time to address these sorts of functional design elements is in the initial planning process.
Still not sure if you need a designer at this point in your project? Here are some of the major benefits to hiring a designer early in your renovation or new home build.
Planning from the ground-up.
What many homeowners don’t realize is that much of a home’s design is set from the earliest days of the construction process. The type of plumbing chosen and where it’s positioned is determined by where the kitchen sink and bathroom showers will go, for example. And once a gas line is laid, it becomes much harder to move the location of the fireplace or gas stove. A designer will ensure that the inner workings of your home support your vision.
By the time you’re done building a home or renovating an entire property, you will have made hundreds of decisions for your new home. In a bathroom alone, you’ll be tasked with choosing floor tile, shower tile, sink and shower fixtures, a bathtub (and whether you even want one), plumbing, lighting, towel bars, mirrors, vanities, storage options, toilet style, outlet placement, baseboard trim, door handles, paint color, and more. It can get overwhelming fast, even for people who enjoy the design process. An interior designer will help you choose the right options for the look you’re going for and the function you need.
Like the gas lines and plumbing, electrical is a crucial part of the way a home both functions and looks. If your designer knows that you want sconces flanking your master bed, and where the bed will be positioned in your master bedroom, they can have the contractor conceal the wiring needed for hardwired sconces in the wall before the drywall is installed. The same goes for wall-mounting a TV and other media around the house.
Determining flow, storage, and layout.
If there’s one major benefit of working with a designer, it’s their combine form and function. Your designer will help you make sure that your kitchen is not just a dream to look at, but a dream to work in because the island is large enough, and there’s enough clearance around the oven door, and you have ample task lighting, for example. They can look at the size of your family room and tell you whether you can fit that sectional you want, and still have space to walk through the room without bumping into it. These insights can be the true difference between a home you like and home that’s just perfect for your family.
A home build or renovation is a BIG project that requires a lot of people working together, and on a similar timeline. Most interior designers are also experienced project managers, who are familiar with overseeing such large scale projects. They can take the communication and logistical aspects of your remodel off your plate by scheduling contractors, interfacing with builders and architects, planning showroom visits, and more.
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