REMODELING ROI REPORT
colors to brighten' it up
Inside your Cabinets
With A Design Professional?
1. To develop
an overall design theme and plan for your remodel.
prevent costly mistakes: you won't make an inappropriate fabric selection
or buy the wrong size chair.
tap proven resources: expert painters and upholsterers are but a few of
the resources a designer can provide without having to find them through
trial and error.
get the best value for your money: design professionals know what's in
the market and where to find just what you're looking for.
take advantage of terrific discounts that are unavailable to non-professionals.
How To Work
With A Design Professional (Or, What You Should Know Before Calling!):
Know what you
want to accomplish, what the room or house should do for you when finished.
Should it be formal or casual? Know your objectives and your lifestyle
Know your budget,
at least approximately. After you've hired a designer and gotten and estimate,
you can firm up the numbers.
Know what colors,
attitudes, and effects you like. Be sure to share that information with
the designer. Start by going through magazines and clipping photos of items
and rooms that appeal to you, including:
(and how they're arranged)
Styles of houses
(Cape Cod, Colonial, Victorian, etc.)
to hang pictures, display candlesticks, etc.
collect photos separately and present both their collections to the design
Know the time
frame in which you'd like the work accomplished. Do you have a specific
deadline that needs to be met? Share it with the designer.
Know what annoys
or inconveniences you about the room as it is now. Do your kitchen cabinets
open the wrong way? Do you wish you had a broom closet? Keep a list and
share it with the designer.
To Ask At Your First Meeting:
When To Use
A Design Professional:
Ask to see the
designer's portfolio, but remember that the pictures in it reflect other
people's tastes - not the designer's and probably not your own.
Ask what size
projects and budgets the designer has worked with, as well as what kind
Ask how the established
budget will be handled, and the kind of payment schedule the designer offers.
Ask about the
types of services the designer can provide. Typically these range from
consultation only to developing and implementing an overall design plan.
Ask what kind
of communication you can expect from the designer. Will you hear from him
or her daily? Every other day? (Then ask yourself: is this communication
style compatible with yours?)
Ask for a list
of references, call them and ask: How does the designer work? Is their
office professional and organized? How often will you hear from them?
Ask about the
designer's availability for your project. If it's something that need to
be done quickly, be sure the designer has the time to devote to it.
Words About Budget And Quality:
When you want
a wonderful space filled with beautiful things without having to spend
all your time shopping and wondering if you really like what you're selecting.
When you like
a variety of styles but are not sure how to group them together.
When your current
furniture arrangement requires an infusion of inspiration.
When you would
like to use the collectibles you own and love in a completely different
When you're buying,
renovating or building a new house... when your lifestyle needs change...
when you feel you need just a little guidance of full project coordination.
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions or comments about this web site.
Be honest with
yourself and the designer about what you want to spend. Telling the designer
you are willing to to invest less money than you really are will only send
him or her off to work in the wrong quality category. When that happens,
you will not get the best job possible and ultimately, you will not meet
your own expectations.
When it comes
to working with a smaller budget, if you don't like the quality that budget
allows you, you may need to either increase what you're willing to spend
or revise the scope of the job.
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