I know I have written about this before, but one thing I didn’t touch on is that a designer can save you from making costly mistakes.
I was talking with a neighbor/friend/business contact (she is all that and a bag of chips!) and I was telling her about my most recent clients. “I feel like I’m being called in too late, after major decisions have been made that will be costly in the end. If they had just called me at the beginning, I could have saved them money.” She jumped all over this and said, “You need to say that in your advertising!”
As soon as she said this I knew she was right, most people think hiring a designer is an added expense, but in a lot of cases just the opposite is true. Designers like me can steer you away from costly mistakes and headaches in the end.
For example, my most recent client called me after they had torn down a wall. They were then faced with some design dilemmas that would add to their overall renovation cost. If I had come in sooner, I could have estimated the cost of each of the options and presented them with not only the most cost-effective option but also the one that best suits the design and home.
Another client had ordered kitchen cabinets and then decided to call me. I could have walked them through the options and possible layout changes to best utilize the space before placing that order, but it was already in the works so we kept it the way it was, which may not be exactly what they want in the end.
Below you will see photos of how a designer can bring your vision to life. 3D renderings, floor plans, and sample boards are tools of the trade and they help a client visualize what the space will look like and how things fit.
So here is the take away….put away those preconceived ideas of what interior designers are/do/cost, and give it a try. You may be surprised at how a good designer can help you design the perfect space AND save you some money.