How To Prepare For Your Next Design Project
1. Set a budget
This is THE most important aspect in moving forward on a new project. Having an understanding of your budget is critical in the overall direction because $50,000 for a kitchen renovation is incredibly different than $100,000. It’s a waste of time and money moving forward without a number regardless of how big or small your project is. We haven't met one client who doesn't have a limit. Determining what that amount is prior to the project commencing is essential.
3. Get on the same page
Having a healthy discussion with your significant other about design aesthetic is essential in understanding the direction you both are headed and expectation of the overall look. If you share the same taste, excellent! If not, there’s a way to make both work. However being completely clear with your team will ensure both styles are considered in the planning stages.
5. Dose up on patience, trust & decisiveness
Going into a design project with all of these under your belt will save time and money. It’s as simple as that. Having a budget, knowing your style and selecting a great team will all together yield a positive experience. Granted there will be things that go wrong, and unexpected situations will come up, however having trust in your team and assisting with quick decision making will provide you with the best possible result.
2. Create a Pinterest board
While every designer wishes they had mind reading capabilities, discerning a clients style is also necessary in moving to the next step. The aesthetic and budget for a mid century modern room is different than that of an eclectic design style and a mix of high and low. Gathering images of style, preference and an overall look and feel on Pinterest will help determine a direction in order for your team to move forward with confidence and efficiency.
4. Choose the best team
Having the right group of people working on behalf of you is another important element in the design process. Architect, contractor/ builder and designer must work in a cohesive way in order to bring your dream to life. Gather recommendations from friends or family members, interview a shortlist and hire based on the comfort level of who you feel will do the best job according to your budget, expectations and overall fit.
6. Understand the timeframe
Setting a realistic expectation for the timing of completion is important when embarking on a new design project. The design process for furniture alone takes 6-8 weeks. Add 4 months (sometimes 6!) for furniture orders and you're well into 8 months for completion. For renovations or new builds, an honest conversation with contractors and trades is essential so all are on the same page prior to getting started.