It should be an exciting time for you to hire an interior designer. If you have never used their services before, however, you might feel somewhat nervous or threatened by the possibility of a total stranger coming into your home (and your life) and beginning to examine everything you own. While most architects understand the dynamics of what they step into, I find that most homeowners have a lot of questions about how it works. To support those of you who have not had the pleasure of working with a designer, here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions your designer would probably ask you.
1. How would you describe the overall look you want your home to look like? This may varies from casual to conventional or contemporary to transitional. Some consumers have some keywords, such as tropical, cottage, antique, Mediterranean, modern, minimalist, etc. The designer usually looks for a mental picture to launch the project strategy.
2. How will the room be used? There's nothing typical of how people live. It's different for everyone and there's no right or wrong. I had people turning entire bedrooms into wardrobes, dining rooms into billiard rooms, and so on. You may want the space to have multiple uses, such as a great entertainment area, gaming room, media center and family gatherings. Perhaps the home office has to handle visitors overnight. Perhaps the dining room should be able to serve as game night card tables. This is where you need to be realistic in your way of living so that the designer can create something that will fulfill your demands.
3. How do you think about changes in the structure? This might include adding windows, moving doors, expanding rooms, raising ceilings, etc. Such improvements can sometimes make the difference between a beautiful home and an outstanding home.
4. Typically, how many people do you entertain? This can affect the size of the dining room, the amount of seating in the living areas, the furniture's traffic pattern and design, as well as the chosen surface styles. Heavy traffic areas require aggressive surfaces that are easy to clean. The same applies to materials that are used in upholstery.
5. Have you got some pet peeves or stuff you don't like? Let the designer know whether you have some of the colors you prefer or those you don't like. If you have more than that interests, such as pattern styles (florals, lines, plaids, etc.), speak your mind.
6. Are there any particular personal needs? Special needs include parents and close friends with certain illnesses, animals, the size of extended holiday families, etc.
7. What is the time frame for you? Do you have a deadline to complete the work? Is it a firm date or a planned date? Keep in mind that you can shorten the range the designer can choose from by shortening the time frame and also allowing them to propose special treatments such as changes relevant to building. Furthermore, if you don't have any strict deadlines, the possibility to complete the project in stages is a possibility that means that the scope of the work could be increased over time to suit your financial situation.
8. How long are you planning to stay here? This is important in order to allow the designer to gage the quality of various options. Those who plan to move in 4-5 years must invest less in a venture than someone who plans to spend a lot of their future years at home. The only exception to this policy is if you've purchased an older home at a great price and you're hoping to make a resale profit. In that case, construction costs that exceed the cost of furniture, but there is no question that it will have to be done to bring the home up to competitive standards.
9. Need any specialist resources that are included in the project? Specialty products would include items such as sound systems, television or security systems, special remote controlled devices such as the Lutron Smart House system, or any other specialized plumbing or mechanical objects requiring collaboration with an external source to be included in the design.
10. What's the budget for you? It's a little tricky. Many customers feel they need to keep the product low-ball thinking designers are always over-budgeting. Others put out an arbitrary estimate without any real intention to invest as much money as they suggested. Here's the best advice to be honest. Let the developer know how much you spend comfortably. We will apply it to give you the biggest bang for your buck in the best way possible. If you don't know what things cost, be honest again.
After debating the scope of the project based on their previous experience, a good designer should be able to give you some idea. But it's a wise decision to get all the expenses lined up first before you start handing out any deposits, so there are no surprises. This will give you an idea of some of the most popular issues that we as developers like to learn about heading into a new project. You will also have questions, of course, and you should ask them all without reservation. Any surprises will make the process much more enjoyable during or at the end of the job and ideally you will have developed a lasting relationship that will accompany you and your family over the years ahead.