Killing time on various interior design related Facebook groups this week, I noticed the most asked question was something like this – ‘Renovating/refurbishing/building house/kitchen/other and I’m not sure what to do about x/y/z would value your thoughts/feedback/ideas/inspo.’ This question is usually accompanied by pictures or a floor plan.
As much as I love the open discourse and the well-intended answers, as a professional I can’t help but think, why not talk to an interior designer? Your project is costing you thousands of dollars, why not have just a one-off consultation with a professional. Especially when it comes to your floor plan or spatial configuration.
A one-off consultation for about an hour and half, shouldn’t cost you more than $500. I actually charge this amount for two meetings because the first meeting is a background discussion around goals, functional problems, your why etc. and the second meeting is brain storming layout ideas.
An interior designer’s perspective to renovating
Let me explain why having a chat with an interior designer can be so invaluable. Also, what key questions I ask all my clients. Firstly, as an interior designer I view a space differently to my clients. Personally, when I walk into a room I’m consciously and unconsciously scanning the space. Things I notice include; light, shape, feel, pattern, function, textures. The problems of a space are apparent to me intuitively.
What I perceive to be a problem is not always the same as the client’s perception of the problem. That’s why the first spatial configuration meeting I have is just a discussion around goals and functional problems. This initial disconnect is not a bad thing. It ensures a robust discussion and can be highly illuminating to the client.
Key questions to ask yourself before a renovation project
The client usually becomes a lot clearer and confident about the direction for their project and that this direction will achieve their goals and resolve functional problems. So, these are the four key questions I ask my clients;
- Why are you renovation/refurbishing?
- What are the functional problems in the space?
- What are your goals for the space? Both short and long term.
- What’s your style goal and colour scheme?
I think it can be more confusing than helpful to see pictures of other people’s projects and want the same thing. Everyone is different, the house is different, the land is different. Each client is unique and each client deserves the house of their dreams and from my client’s testimonials, by working with an interior designer, even just a little bit, you’re more likely to achieve your dream home.
If you or someone you know is renovating a house, please get in touch, an initially chat will actually cost you nothing. I’m always happy to chat.