Client Homework.

Hiring an Interior Designer is a smart move and an important first step in the development of building a new home and or renovating an existing space. A Designer is involved from the beginning to bring concept to reality and they will manage all details to ensure you as the homeowner can take your vision into your Kitchen.
While the Designer is responsible for managing the progression along the way, the homeowner also has some responsibilities. Working together with your designer, being open, upfront and honest will prove to be the best experience through this intense process.


As the homeowner, an Interior Designer will create a home for you and your family. Your style will be the original inspiration and the concept constantly referred to when all decisions are made. An Interior Designers goal is to make the client happy and comfortable in their space. With that being said, it is important to trust the Interior Designer and their expertise. You have after all hired them for this exact reason, so let them use their creativity and artistic ability to create your dream home, even if at times you may not agree with each detail. The Designer has a sense of the overall picture and can see how everything will come together to create a cohesive, well designed space. If you try to fight them on every decision you will end up with a mix of what you think you wanted and what they were trying to build for you.


Being upfront and honest is extremely important when working with an Interior Designer. Your home is your most sacred space, so it may feel strange to divulge some aspects of how you live your life there. But, by being upfront, honest, and forthcoming with information on what you want and why you want it, your designer will have the information needed and be that much better suited with the tools to make it happen.  You may need to do some research on your own to discover exactly it is you want to gain out of your space. Are you big into entertaining and need a large kitchen to make a fabulous Thanksgiving meal? Are you a crafter who needs space and storage for DIY projects? Whatever it is that makes you most comfortable at home, share all this with your designer so they understand your wants and needs. Create a list for each room and write it all down, this will all be included in our programming stage. Sometimes pictures can relay an idea more clearly than words so using Houzz or Pinterest are great tools. Creating boards and saving images of your style and design concepts can help our clients to clearly communicate their ideas.


Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. There are so many decisions to be made throughout the design process from the style you are looking to attain, approving a floor plan, you will be responsible to make these decisions. Being a quick decision maker will allow this process to run smoothly and faster. The longer it takes for decisions to be made, the longer and more drawn out the building process will take. Having done the research ahead of time will make this process much easier.


Whether you will be doing the work yourself or hiring a general contractor, a budget is necessary to avoid sticker shock. By doing this research on budget, true costs of material, equipment, finishes as well as labor you can gain an understanding of the overall price to complete your project. It would also be helpful to you in the beginning stages of design or even before you hire anyone to get an idea of what could potentially go wrong. We are all familiar with Murphy’s law and know things happen or don’t always go as planned. Be prepared for anything, know so many people have gone through this process before you and all issues that may arise are solvable.

Basically, have these ducks in a row:

Provide full information about the objectives, schedule,
and constraints of the project. The Architect may
rely on the accuracy and completeness of information f
urnished by the owner.
Establish a budget with reasonable contingencies that m
eet project requirements.
Furnish surveying, geotechnical engineering and environmen
tal testing as requested.
Employ a contractor to perform the construction work an
d provide cost-estimating services after the
completion of the preliminary design and before the prepar
ation of the final construction documents.
The costs associated with any structural modifications/
redesign and or repairs required because of
unforeseen conditions uncovered during demolition/constructi
on, shall be the responsibility of the owner.


The juice is worth the squeeze. When you are ready to finally create your dream home, take this guidance and get started!