If you’re remodeling your home, it’s easy to get in over your head—faster than you ever anticipated! From electrical mishaps to discovering mold in the walls, it’s always wise to know when you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.
Additionally, it’s easy to feel lost during this process. This is true even if things are going relatively smoothly. It can seem that some people have a natural flair for remodeling their homes.
Think of your friend who seems to have the knack of an interior designer. Their color scheme is perfect; textures are balanced, rooms seem light and airy.
If that’s the case, where did they learn to do it? What secret knowledge were they granted access to that you missed out on?
If that’s how you’re feeling, never fear! Your home remodel budget may need a new addition: for an interior designer.
Why You Need an Interior Designer
Whether you’re working on a huge home remodeling project or redesigning a living room, a designer can help you reduce your budget. This will help you meet your dreams, and make the process smoother for everyone.
Let’s start with budget considerations. When you talk to your designer, make sure to mention your budget. This allows them to erect guardrails for their vision and see what they’re playing with.
If you bring a designer into your home remodel project early on, it can help save you a lot of money. They have the know-how to determine what materials you need before an initial order is ever placed.
That way, you won’t buy extras or have to pay more for another order. Doing it right the first time, rather than giving it a blind guess, is a huge money saver.
If you find the right designer, they won’t push you to go for the most expensive furniture or paint options. They won’t ruin your initial vision in favor of theirs, which is very important! If you’re worried about ending up with a remodeled living room that costs more than your entire mortgage, don’t stress over it!
A good working relationship with your interior designer is all about give and take. For instance, you may have the choice between investing in a cheaper couch or a fancy chandelier.
Only one item can be high-end, and the other will need to be less expensive. It may be the only way to accommodate your budget.
If this is a hard choice to make, what would a seasoned interior designer suggest? In most cases, they’ll recommend a high-end couch. It’s a practical piece of furniture that’s worth spending the extra money on.
That way, it will last decades. That’s much more valuable than a sparkly chandelier, for most people!
Hiring interior designers means you’re investing in a second pair of eyes on your project. Remember how we mentioned a designer weighing in on materials orders? That’s only one way they can save your budget.
For instance, what if you buy a new refrigerator that you love? That’s great news until you discover you’ll have to rip out the sink, a countertop, and all the associated plumbing to make it fit where you want.
Interior designers also save money because they can spot potential from a mile away. Have you ever seen those home renovation shows where a home that’s been condemned is transformed into a charming townhouse at the end?
It’s a drastic example, but this skill set plays in your favor. For instance, you might be sick of your furniture. You want a new color scheme, a new design, and something that doesn’t immediately date your living room back to 1973.
You might not be able to see the potential lying underneath the surface. But if these are classic pieces, a designer could suggest new knobs and a fresh coat of paint.
Just like that, your furniture is transformed to a sprightly, Instagram-worthy shade of pastel blue. It looks retro and funky, not faded, and reminiscent of linoleum and rabbit-ear television sets.
That saves you a lot of money! And it’s all about seeing what’s beneath the surface of your home.
Interior Designers Save Time
Another reason to hire interior designers is because of their ability to collaborate with contractors. They can provide detailed blueprints, drawings, and material lists.
The level of detail with these materials is something most homeowners can’t provide. They don’t have the knowledge or the experience, but a designer does.
This can help avoid mistakes with electrical systems, plumbing, stud location, and more. That way, contractors don’t have to do the work twice–or potentially rectify any errors made from faulty information!
Another huge benefit is the ability to ensure that the new remodel suits your family’s lifestyle. If your family is always in and out, or if you have a huge family, or if you love entertaining, what do you need?
Spaces with good lighting, lots of storage, and sensible traffic flow are great ways to go. That’s what a designer is for.
It’s a lot like hiring a tattoo artist. Of course, they’ll have their own style and experiences that will inform their work. But when it comes down to it, a qualified designer’s job is to make it reflect your personality and needs.
Collaborating With An Interior Designer
Like we mentioned above, not everyone feels like they have that ‘special touch. Even if that’s true, each homeowner knows what they like, what would best suit their family, and what they’re dreaming of.
Those are the most important things you can bring to the table. The collaboration process with your interior designer marries their knowledge and your preferences.
If you’re ready to remodel or redecorate, we’ve got exactly what you need. With a timeless commitment to style and budget, we can transform your home into the home of your dreams.
Contact us today! We’d love to share our portfolio and meet your vision.