Remodel & Interior Design FAQ’s

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who Should I Hire First…the Contractor or the Interior Designer?

 

  • It is a huge benefit for your home renovation to hire the interior designer first.
  • An interior designer will interview you and become knowledgeable about what you want and the overall program for your renovation.
  • Then they will act as your advocate when dealing with the contractor.
  • The homeowner is at a true advantage when they hire the designer first.

 

Why Is It Important To Hire A General Contractor For My Remodel?

  • Will serve as a single point of contact throughout the project
  • They manage all aspects for the project…design, permits, scheduling, purchasing materials, supervising the sub contractors and getting the proper inspections.
  • They must be a licensed, bonded and insured professional and comply with all state and local building codes
  • Most renovations, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels are best handled by a licensed General Contractor because they normally consist of demolition, slab, framing, electrical, plumbing, etc and this type of work needs to be done by skilled sub contractors and supervised by a professional.

 

 

What Are The Benefits Of Hiring A Design/Build Company?

  • These are “all-in-one” companies which allow you the convenience of just dealing with one key contact person to complete your project.
  • They are responsible for your project from the design conception all the way through final construction.
  • Many also have their own sub contractors and architects.
  • This can save the homeowner time and money and give them piece-of-mind.

 

 

 

My Entire House Needs To Be Updated…Which Room Should I Start With?

  • The Kitchen!
  • It’s a great place to start since it’s the “hub” of the family and the finishes and materials will dictate the rest of the home.
  • It will also give you the best return on your investment.
  • A kitchen makeover will make your home feel brand new.

 

 

I Plan To Hire An Architect And Contractor For My Project…Should I Hire An Interior Designer, Too?

  • If you just hire an architect and contractor you’ll be missing a “key component” in your renovation.
  • Your renovation will require the selection of cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, appliances, flooring, paint colors, scale and placement of furniture, etc.
  • Having these decisions and selections made before construction will prevent many headaches and delays.

 

My Home Needs To Be Remodeled And Decorated…When Should I Hire An Interior Designer?

  • Hire your interior designer early in the process, not just at the end of the project to select finishes and furniture.
  • A designer’s role varies from making material recommendations to helping you make smart decisions about your remodeling budget.
  • Hiring an interior designer at the onset of a project can save money in the long run and make the process run smoothly, timely and efficiently.

 

 

I’d Like To Redecorate My Home…What Are The Benefits Of Using An Interior Designer?

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  • It’s a smart choice if you don’t have any decorating or design experience. Even if you have good taste and some talent, an experienced interior designer knows how to make your house look its very best.
  • You’ll get the best possible look for your home because they are experts and they know what kind of décor and furniture will be best for your lifestyle, budget and home architecture.
  • They have great quality resources. Interior designers have access to many showrooms that are not open to the public, which will give your home a true decorated feel.
  • Home decorating and design is not as easy as one may presume. There is a lot of forethought and preparation that goes into making a room look professionally done. Many amateurs end up with poor and disappointing results when they try to do it on their own.

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11 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TO DETERMINE IF YOU SHOULD HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER by Cheryl Sandella

March 17, 2010

 

11 Questions to ask yourself to determine if you should hire an Interior Designer

  1. Do you know how to make the right choices when there are so many options to choose from?
  2. Do you have the time and energy to shop, research and oversee the project?  
  3. Do you know how to best spend your “design dollars” wisely? 
  4. Would you know how to properly schedule the work needed to be done? 
  5. Do you know where to purchase furnishings, fabrics, art and accessories without paying retail prices? 
  6. How would you know what a fair price is and if the price matches the quality? 
  7. What questions would you ask when hiring a tradesman or working with a manufacturer? 
  8. Do you know how to create the proper color scheme for your home? 
  9. How would you know what materials to select for a remodel project? 
  10. Would you know what workroom to choose to make your window treatments, pillows or bedding?
  11. Who would be an advocate for you?

 A good designer doesn’t expect you to know all of the above unless you’ve done those tasks numerous times before. 

By hiring a professional designer, you will get their seasoned advice and guidance as well as access to all of their resources that would otherwise be unavailable to most consumers. 

A designer’s ability and knowledge will prevent costly mistakes and provide solutions to the challenges that often present themselves in every project no matter how big or small. 

Designers know who to contact to execute the job; they have the leverage to get things done on time and within budget.   

Many times couples have different taste and style.  A professional designer will act as the liaison to work though the challenge by offering solutions that will benefit the design program and therefore please both. 

A good designer is mindful of a client’s time and therefore will be the store to you! 

Hiring a professional designer will give you peace of mind; knowing that everything will be completed and so much attention will be given to the overall design plan and the details that go into making a home a special place for you! 

 

Remember a good design is only as good as its execution.  

 © 2010 SANDELLA CUSTOM HOMES AND INTERIORS, LLC.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Want to know how to create a design workbook go to http://www.sandella.net – it’s free!

About Cheryl:

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor. They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design, remodel and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to http://www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”. If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design, remodel and build your custom home, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.sandella.net

Cheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

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Why Hire a Professional Designer by Cheryl Sandella

March 17, 2010

According to the American Society of Interior Design there are many reasons why you would benefit by having an interior designer involved in your project. 

I am a member of ASID and frequent their website.  I came across this article and would like to share it with all of you. 

The following information provided below is to help you make an informed decision with regards to hiring an interior designer for your next project.

Why Hire a Professional Designer

In addition to their in-depth knowledge of products, materials and finishes, professional designers have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from start to finish.  They know and work closely with many vendors, contractors and other service providers, coordinating and orchestrating the entire design team.  Designers also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories and art, some of which you might not be able to find on your own.

When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your lifestyle needs.

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling a single room, you want the finished space to be attractive, comfortable and functional.  It needs to fit the way you live, as well as reflect your personal style and taste. 

Interior design addresses all these concerns and more.  Images of beautifully appointed and arranged rooms are usually what first come to mind when one thinks of interior design.  Color, fabric, furniture, art and ornamentation are indeed important elements in the overall design.  How the environments we inhabit look and feel greatly affect our mood and sense of well-being.

But interior design also involves many practical and technical considerations that affect comfort, function and safety.  Among these are lighting, acoustics, space planning, organization and storage, scale, accommodation of special needs, fire safety and compliance with local building codes.

Interior projects include new construction, renovation, historic restoration and model homes.  Specialty areas within the home include the kitchen, bath, home theater, home office and home health care and fitness areas.

Professional interior designers can do so much more than recommend furniture, fabrics and colors.  They have a creative eye and artistic flair, but that’s only the beginning.  An interior designer has aesthetic, practical and technical expertise in all the elements that make up an interior environment.  He or she understands how people use and respond to these elements, not just individually but as the elements interact with one another.  Any number of services and suppliers can provide and install items for the home.  Some offer advice on selecting colors, patterns and materials or on arranging the furniture and accessories in a room. 

When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your lifestyle needs.

You can read many articles by visiting http://www.asid.org  

© 2010 SANDELLA CUSTOM HOMES AND INTERIORS, LLC.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Want to know how to create a design notebook?  Go to http://www.sandella.net – its free!

About Cheryl:

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor. They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design, remodel and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to http://www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”. If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design, remodel and build your custom home, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.sandella.net

Cheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

http://www.sandella.net