Timing is Everything. We all know that! You live in this crazy 24 x 7 world, plugged into technology, running everywhere to get to appointments, your business your family.
So you have a project you want done. Who do are you going to call? Maybe a contractor? I recently got a call from a couple who had their contractor do the design to save money.
Turns out this is the FOURTH call I’ve received this year where people had been sabotaged by contractors! Let me state that not all contractors do a shabby job , don’t show up for weeks and run away with your hard earned money. It does happen and that’s not good for others in the industry.
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When there is an shortage of trades, fly by nighters will pose as contractors, without the Licensure behind them. Trying to save money using these people will lose you money in the end. This can be an expensive mistake we often get called to come in and fix.
What is happening now, which Mike Rowe talks about extensively, is fewer people are going into the trades, which makes for a shortage of qualified tradespeople. He is trying to change this. One of my fellow designers in Washington, DC had her contractor retire and was having a hard time finding a qualified replacement! This is a real problem. Not everyone wants to be a white collar worker. You can make $$$ working in the trades. Used to be lots of kids would work in the summer on construction sites…now they HAVE to get an internship. So why not with a trade?
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Let me tell you why you NEED your Interior Designer’s Advice:
When you hire a designer, most will already have vetted the trades they work with. Many will also have a contractor that knows how that designer likes to work. This is KEY for YOUR PROJECT to come in as close to budget and on time, with minimal – if any issues – and no drama.
That painter you hired doesn’t want you to ask what color to use. That’s not his job. Nor is picking out tile, cabinetry, counters, fixtures, appliances and flooring the job of your contractor. His job is to build-out the space. He/She wants you to make your choices quickly, so it doesn’t hold up the project.
Interior Designers are trained in many areas including: Lighting, Scale, Color, in the ability to read Architectural Plans, work on Kitchen and Bath design, Space Planning, create Room Renderings, etc. We also make spaces pretty and design for your needs, wants and desires.
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There are myriad choices to make when you have a project. And what the contractor does is only the first phase. I work with them, and I can design the built-in’s, customized wall moldings, lighting, boxed-ceiling patterns, for the contractor to put in place.
The second phase is more about furniture fixtures, accessories, window treatments, etc. This is where we make the space yours.
For those of you wondering if we can do the cool computer generated room designs. The furniture and appliances seem to pop into place from the ceiling (like you see on HGTV’s”Property Brothers”)? They use a studio with a rendering farm that utilizes many different software applications. That costs $$$! So the answer is not yet, maybe never!
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What we can do is a 3D walkthrough of your spaces, and 2D colored renderings.
So next time you need a large project done on your home, think about hiring me and my vetted team of trades. You will be amazed at our efficiency, and the cleanliness of your job site.