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A Residential Designer can help bring peace of mind to your Renovation Project

When you decide to renovate or put an addition on your home, there is a lot that needs to be planned out. I always recommend that my clients look through magazines and the internet to get some ideas about what they might want to do in their home.   It is a good idea to keep a file of ideas that you can refer to when you are planning your project.  Once you know what you want to remodel or that you want to add on to your house it is then time to involve a professional who specialized in residential design.  You may be looking to renew your kitchen,  renovate a bedroom or add a small home office, whatever your project is the parameters should be clear before you begin! 

A Residential Designer can help you to sort out all of the details of your project to help make sure the planning phase of your project runs smoothly.   A Residential Designer is a qualified professional that specializes in residential design and is often more affordable than a licensed architect.  Once you hire a professional it is time to discuss what you have in mind for your project and to prepare a list of the things you would like to accomplish .   It is very important to share your dreams and desires with your designer so that they know all the little details and can help you to achieve your vision!

The design process is one of the most important stages of any project and it is one of the easiest to get off track.   Homeowners often get side tracked and start to feel overwhelmed.  The role of the designer is to help keep the program in focus and to maintain the integrity of the original vision all the while ensuring the direction of the project keeps moving forward.  In reality, if the vision is clear about the desired outcome for your project and things are well planned,  then it is easier to keep the project on course,  your designer will help you stay on track.

Designers are problem solvers and our goal is to help you try to solve those “design problems” for you. Ensuring the best design for the you involves coming up with solutions for circulation problems, privacy issues, safety matters, and of course the aesthetics of the space.  Once the final design has been decided upon, a process that can last from a few months to many years depending on the client, the next phase can begin. 

Preparation of the Construction Documents is the stage when all the details of the design are worked out and put into a readable format that builders and trades can work from.  At the end of this phase you are ready to apply for permit and put the project out for bidding.   

With the help of a design professional,  a well planned project can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience that you will be proud to show off to everyone you know!