Like you I was inspired by the pure simplicity behind making my own upholstered headboard! I spent hours in my local craft store looking for just the right fabric, batting, and adhesive only to be left with a pitiful version of what I had seen on TV. What was missing? Well let’s be real, I was missing the hunky carpenter and the crew of trade professionals working behind the scenes. After this failed attempt at being crafty, I began to place much more value on the expertise of professionals and the beauty of fine craftsmanship. I also began to realize that a savvy consumer takes the time to understand the costs involved in a project, the reasons for its value, and then makes the best decision for their home. I hate to break it to you but there is no such thing as design on a dime-unless you are doing it all yourself. However, if you are smart and strategic about your remodel you can achieve a beautiful well-built project without leaving you penniless.
Maybe I am biased; I am a strong believer that remodeling your home can completely transform your quality of life. I always advise clients, do your research, have an idea of how much you want to spend on your project and then work with professionals to understand what things cost, and adjust as necessary. As a designer I appreciate when clients are open about their desired expenditure as this provides an opportunity for frank conversation about available options.
Determining a budget number is a difficult and daunting task but nevertheless it is necessary. I find when I first meet my clients they are reluctant to share their budget with me or they have not thought it through. A professional designer can help remove the mystery of budgeting for their client and project plan precisely from the start. This can eliminate the possibility of making big ticket mistakes due to inaccurate assumptions about what it takes to complete the project. I tell my clients know your number and stick to it even if it means scaling down the project to get what you want in your priority spaces. Have you heard the term, “Rome was not built in a day”? Well for the average person, their perfect home won’t be built in a day either.
Even small projects involve plenty of planning, working with professionals, choosing materials, measuring and lots of hands on tasks. Gain an understanding of the task at hand and if you can do it well, tackle certain undertakings yourself. For the big jobs that require professionals, learn how to work with the pros, such as plumbers, contractors, electricians and installers. Every home remodel involves a budget (not just a dime); a designer can help you discover best ways to save money and spend wisely.
Despite the fact remodeling is a lot of work, updating and improving your home is a worthwhile and overall great investment of time and money, and the benefits are abundant. Conquer the myth of design on a dime and plan your remodel project strategically and realistically. Schedule your private design consult with Elegant Concept Interiors. Email Renee@elegantconceptinteriors.com today!