What Is An Interior Designer, And Does My Remodeling Project Need One?

So you’ve finally decided to tackle that remodel you’ve been considering. Now it’s time to consider engaging an interior designer.

Before you ask why, it’s important to know exactly what an interior designer is – and more to the point, what value he or she can bring to your project.

According to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), an interior designer is someone who is “professionally trained to create a functional and quality interior environment. Qualified through education experience and examination, a professional designer can identify, research and creatively resolve issues and lead to a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment.”

Whether you have a clear vision of your remodeled room or can’t see beyond your space as it is now, a good interior designer can help you find your way through the remodeling process, and arrive at a space that’s pleasing to the eye and perfect for your life. Here are four ways an interior designer can add value.

Design Sense, And Common Sense

A big part of the value that an interior designer brings to a project arrives before a contractor ever swings a hammer – that is, in the planning phase. When designers plan a space, they are thinking about more than aesthetics.

A good designer considers your lifestyle as well as your design style, to create a space that’s as useful as it is beautiful. This includes considering:

  •        The design style that fits your taste and space
  •        Organization and storage needs
  •        Accessibility for family members with special needs
  •        Long-term needs (for those who want to stay in their homes as they age)
  •        Historic area requirements
  •        Green design requirements

As an example, Jan Neiges, a Certified Kitchen Designer serving clients in Denver, Colorado, believes that as a kitchen designer, her primary responsibility is to help clients solve issues with space. One of her projects involved an older couple with a small budget and a desire to update their kitchen. Other companies suggested simply refacing the kitchen surfaces, but Neiges wanted to make sure that her clients’ remodel resulted in a space that was truly improved to meet their needs. She talked with them further and learned that they were frustrated with the placement of the dishwasher, which blocked movement in the space when opened. With this additional learning, Nieges was able to design a space that not only looked better, but also functioned better – for the same amount a refacing company would have charged.

Translating Your Needs Into A Clear Picture

Interior designers are problem solvers. Once they understand what you want from your remodeled space, they answer your needs through a design that expresses your style, communicated through professional, detailed plans. The purpose of these plans is twofold. First, they help clients clearly understand the remodeled space, the process and the budget. Second, they serve as a road map for the contractors involved with the project.

The Details Behind The Drawings

Can we move that wall three feet… or even knock it out entirely? Answering questions like these requires not just vision, but knowledge of building structure and codes – something a good interior designer can bring to your project.

You might know that you want to move your bathroom door… an interior designer can suggest where it should be relocated to suit both you and your future building inspector.

Even something as seemingly minor as the placement of an electrical outlet is governed by building codes. A qualified interior designer will make sure that your plans conform to code and that your project is covered by the appropriate permits, reducing the chance for unpleasant surprises in the final inspection.

Your Partner In The Process

An interior designer can be the difference between a project finished on time and on budget, and one that runs aground, costing you more. They can save you countless hours searching for materials that fit your taste, needs and estimate.

Plus, their connections with quality contractors, as well as supply and design partners like ProSource Wholesale Showroom, help ensure that those materials are top quality, as well as budget friendly.

During your project, a designer can also make sure those materials are installed where and when they should be, to keep things running smoothly. “There is nothing worse than getting halfway through a project that you are doing on your own to realize you are not happy with the progression,” affirms Kimberly Casson, ASID, of Salmon-Casson, Ltd., an interior design firm in the Washington, DC area. “Many clients have called me midway through a project and say they wish they had called sooner. Our goal is to keep you from making costly mistakes.”

To give your next remodeling project the benefit of an interior designer, contact your local ProSource Wholesale Showroom for quality, professional referrals. ProSource locations offering kitchen and bath products also provide the services of full-time, experienced designers who utilize the latest software, as well as proven industry protocol, to help you create a stunning new kitchenbathroom or laundry/utility room to fit your budget. When you sign up for a myProSource online account, you’ll have access to your project center, where you can save inspiration and products, and request design assistance for your kitchen or bath project.

With an interior designer working on your project you’ll have the support of a professional with knowledge, perspective and problem-solving skills, as well as connections to quality product resources. You’ll also have an advocate with an eye for both design and detail keeping your project on course. In short, an interior designer can save you time, money and even frustration, while ensuring that your vision is realized… beautifully.

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