a person who plans the look or workings of something prior to it being made, by preparing drawings or plans.
Seek Input – They Know Stuff
You’re working with an interior designer because of course they have experience when it comes to drawing workable, fluid plans. To that end, trust them. Many people have a single minded view when it comes to their home, and that view is most definitely important. But you don’t want to have such tunnel vision that you don’t take the valuable advice and insights offered by your design professional.
Ask Questions – They Won’t Bite
People often shy from asking their architects very pertinent questions because they’re either too nervous or perhaps hesitant about sounding like they don’t know what’s going on. You’ve probably not been around a set of blueprints—at least not nearly as often as the person responsible for designing said prints, so ask for clarification whenever you don’t understand something.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM CLIENTS
- KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
- SET YOUR PRIORITIES BEFOREHAND
- BE UPFRONT ABOUT YOUR BUDGET
- REMEMBER WHY YOU HIRED A DESIGNER
- ENJOY THE PROCESS AND BE A PART OF IT!
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
IRON TRIANGLE THEORY : Fast, cheap, or good. In our fast moving society, we are sometimes lulled into thinking that if we see something we like, we should be able to have it right now — and for cheap. If you don’t need your space to look like what you see in a shelter magazine, then the project will most likely cost you less, but still may take time to put together. If you want your project to be beautiful AND happen fast then you must be willing to spend the money to purchase the higher quality pieces that make for a beautiful space. Even so, the constraint of time may lead to compromises as customized and handmade pieces and unique, rare, or antique items may take longer to procure.
PATIENCE CAN BE A CHALLENGE. While occasionally it might be true that your dream home design elements could be acquired with a credit card and a few clicks, this conditioned attitude can set us up for failure when we desire something more… something that can only be had with thought, consideration and curation.
PLUS, AESTHETIC DECISIONS ARE HARD FOR MOST PEOPLE. That’s why good designers are worth our weight in gold; we know how to make good decisions about what looks good together. (And often we can come to those decisions more quickly.) Clients also have to trust us — this is key — not only on questions of aesthetics, but also trusting us on when it is worthwhile to have patience.
SET YOUR PRIORITIES BEFOREHAND
In preparing your San Diego home renovation priority list, it’s always going to hinge on a combination of budget, need, and want. In the perfect world, you get everything on your wish list and amazingly and the end result comes in under budget. But we live in the real world, and for most of us, we need to sit down with our computer (or pencil and note pad if you want to go old school) and prioritize—what we need versus what we can afford, what we want and what we might be willing to sacrifice in the short term. So many items, angles and ideas to consider. So when you do sit down to create your home renovation priority list, here are some tips and advice for not stressing and learning how to just roll with it!
- Start with the basics: What would you most like to change about your space?
- What Do I Like About My Current Space?
- What Can I Afford to Do in Terms of This Remodel Project?
- Think Resale
- Adapting the Home for Aging
- Think About Money Saving Upgrades/Changes
BE UPFRONT ABOUT YOUR BUDGET
Your designer may have some terrific ideas, but if these don’t fall within your budget, then it’s simply a waste of time. The more forthcoming you are about your budget and where you’d like to end up once all is said and done, the easier and more effective the designer meeting will be. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to stay within your budget, so don’t hesitate to ask for alternative solutions if something seems a bit exorbitant given your financial picture in regard to the project.
REMEMBER WHY YOU HIRED A DESIGNER
Expect things to go right—and trust us to fix it if they don’t. There is no better salve for a project, than a client’s ability to trust us to do our jobs (trust is a theme that recurs, in this process). That means allowing us the space to take care what comes up, so that we can quickly move through it, and make it right.
Expect to be surprised. Even after we have finalized a design plan with you, along the way we may come up with something previously not discussed. This could be a new color, a new wallpaper, an outrageously beautiful light fixture, a soulful antique. As designers, we have strong, intuitive, gut reactions that we follow, and we frequently simply stumble upon that unexpected piece of furniture, fabric pattern, work of art, etc., perfect for you.
Expect that you might feel scared. During this phase, we are making commitments, painting this color on the walls, ordering that sofa. At this point in the process, expect that you may be called to let go of control and, yes, trust your designer. We will listen to your concerns, if there is something you don’t like, and if we are confident in the final vision, we will ask you to wait, until you see how the whole space and all of the moving parts, come together.
Expect to love your project more than you thought you would. However, if you can hang on through this phase, if you can have patience and some faith — knowing that you hired us to create something you most likely would never have conceived of on your own, the payoff is profound.