Home improvement projects must have a plan. You wouldn’t build a home without blueprints so why would you attempt a home improvement project without a plan? But, where do you start?Getting the Best Professional HelpFor a home improvement project, often your best bet is to start with an Interior Designer. I’ll explain my reasoning in a minute. First, let’s review the specialties of various home building professionals:
Design/Build General Contractor: These folks typically have a lot of varied abilities and can provide more services under one roof. They may lack some of the depth that the specialists may have, however. General Contractors (GC) are most often used for major projects like large remodels and building a home from scratch. Even when using a GC, it can be an advantage to start with an Interior Designer to help you get what you want.
Architects & Residential Designers: These professionals specialize in the look, size, style, and major structural materials of your home while preparing blueprints from which to build. Again, these professionals specialize in bigger, more complicated projects that involve major structural components. If this is you, you may still want to start with an Interior Designer before going to an architect.
Interior Designers & Decorators: The lines have blurred between decorators and designers. Traditionally, the designer is often better trained and credentialed but often decorators do the same work as designers do. They work inside the structure, focusing on color, room sizes, furniture, ambiance, and livability. As you can see, all of these various projects can benefit by starting with the professional interior designer. The goal is to provide a superior living experience inside the dwelling. The proper lighting, color, space, and balance really have major effects on lifestyle and even people’s health.An Interior Design SpecialistWhether a decorator or a designer, these professionals sometimes specialize in working with builders and architects. This can be a real advantage to you in preparing for your home improvement project.The best interior designs are based on great home designs. If you start your preparation with an interior designer who is familiar with and works with builders and architects, you can get the major advantage of designing the home around furniture, light sources (windows, etc.) entry and exit ways, room locations, and the general flow you’re trying to achieve.The cost for a designer can be quite minimal and depending upon your project and how the designer works, you may find that the designer saves you money overall.Minor vs. Major Home ImprovementsWith a major home improvement, there may be interior (or even exterior) walls that need to be moved to accommodate your project. Before you go to the builder or architect to draw up these plans and blueprints, it’s often wise to consult with an interior designer to clarify your desires so you can convey those ideas to your architect and get the plans drawn correctly.Simple home improvements may require only the interior designer without needing an architect. Either way, using an interior designer or decorator can aid you in deciding what you want for your home improvement, then getting it.