This week, I’ve been dealing with putting a pool into our back yard. It’s funny how things turn out, even after all the t’s had been crossed and i’s dotted… During this recent experience, I’ve found that if the digger doesn’t fit past the side of the house, there will be no progress. There are many little things that happen when you decide to make changes to your home, things that you might not have considered before starting your project. Find a list below on why an interior designer might benefit you more than you think.
1. YOU DON’T HAVE TIME
It’s hard enough as it is shipping kids out the door to school on time, packing lunch boxes, working full/part time and keeping things on track to have a presentable home. Designing a home/room, organising trades and selecting finishes, could take months to complete. The last thing you want to load onto your fork is sorting through quotes and finding the right person for each project. A designer has knowledge of all resources that will be needed for the project at their finger tips and will save you endless hours of time in research alone.
2. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER DISAGREE ABOUT EVERYTHING
My husband gets sentimental about framed rugby jerseys, likes bulky leather couches and a rustic industrial look. I’m more of a modern country type of girl and like sofas on sophisticated legs and lots of cushions with pretty patterns. If you and your partner disagree about the style of your couch or whether you should have an underground cellar, an interior designer might just save your marriage and serve as compass to the most beneficial outcome!
3. YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED DURING THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS
A designer can give you a solid plan of action after assessing the task at hand. This will give you an order and timeline for tasks to be completed so that you have guidelines for the sequence of the project. This will assist you in tile selection, floor covering, colour of your walls and furnishings and make sure these are finished in a timely fashion and work together as a whole.
4. YOU STRUGGLE TO BRING TOGETHER FORM AND FUNCTION
Not only does an interior designer create a space that’s pleasing to the eye and set a desired mood, but they make sure that it’s functional, safe and efficient and enhance the living and working environment. A designer offers an extra set of eyes that are trained to see and notice things that you may not. They have the ability to find unique solutions to problems that you might not have dealt with before. It can be difficult to trust a designer if you like to dictate exactly what you want and aren’t capable of accepting alternative solutions. It’s best to take advantage of someone that has many years of experience under the belt and, by working together as a team, will have the best outcome for your home.
5. YOU NEED A MIDDLE MAN TO RELAY YOUR IDEAS AMONGST BUILDERS AND TRADES
Dealing with trades can be frustrating at the best of times. You will need to understand the plans and know exactly what you want, as they will ask you questions that you haven’t even thought of! You have to know the size and thickness of tiles, whether they’re interior or exterior tiles, the size of windows/doors, the profile on kitchen doors, the type and size of oven, the placement of power points, the type of timber floor, whether it will be installed over existing floor….The list is endless and you will need either plenty of wine or an interior designer to convey the hopes of dreams you have for your home, to the builders/trades. Money well spent, I’d say!
6. YOU STRUGGLE TO VISUALISE THE END RESULT
Interior Designers have many tricks up their sleaves… They not only have to come up with possible layout solutions for a space, but also help their client visualise the end result. Luckily, with the help of computer programs such as Rivet, Google SketchUp and Photoshop, the entirety of the room can be seen in a completed state. Add to that a mood board with samples of your flooring, all textiles, such as cushions, rugs and upholstery, as well as pictures of furniture and colour swatches of the rooms, you can already imagine yourself enjoying your new home.
7. TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME
We all know that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but an interior designer will give you advice on moving or knocking down walls to connect areas and create a more modern and open plan style of living. Value boosters, such as adding windows in the bathroom, creating that extra bedroom and type of lighting that’s installed, are all helpful alterations that would benefit your pocket greatly when selling your home.
You know where to get hold of us for your next project 🙂
Cheerio ’til next time!