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Your guide to renovations, working with designers, and hiring the right team

- according to Studio Nine.

No. 1 The question we always get asked is "When should I start planning my project?". Lets put it this way, when you fail to plan - you plan to fail. The time to start planning a renovation is months, even up to a year before kicking off your project. But why so early? Often times, decisions made in haste, or under pressure, regularly lead to costly mistakes and ultimately, regret.

Another part of projects often over looked are the delays. For example: You're re-modeling your kitchen, the fabrication time for the cabinets alone can be around 6-8 and even up to 10-12 weeks depending on time of year. And that doesn't include the lead up time spent designing the kitchen, defining the layout, and selecting the materials that are right for you. Like any major decision, it pays to think carefully and ahead; and designing a dream home or branding a business that you'll have for years to come?

Well, we like to think that's a decision that'll need a lot of time

and attention.

No. 2 Why should I hire an Interior Designer?

There are plenty of reasons we can argue when asked why clients should hire an interior designer, <i.e> liaison, availability of resources, experience, sanity, contacts, wow factor, home sale

and style, to name a few.

But our top three reasons are: Time, Money & Results.

  1. Time: Time management is one of the most crucial aspects in any project. Coordinating a renovation is a full-time job. Whether it be a new construction or a bathroom remodel, planning take dozens of hours; that take away from valuable time spent focusing on your own career, family & friends, and life's other obligations. And since it’s not what you do on a regular basis, it can take you much longer. A designer can give you a professional assessment of your project, that will result in a solid plan of action.

  2. Money: It might come as a shock to find out that hiring someone to design your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer; however hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home or business.

  3. Results: Last but not least, the final product. There are many spaces out there that just don't catch the eye. There are also just as many spaces that are disjointed with poor layouts and design features. A designer's prerogative is to ensure a space is just as functional, as it is beautiful. A good designer, will help you choose the right finishes and take into account all the little details, that best suit your needs; and fundamentally - best reflect you.

No. 3 The difference between a Designer & a Decorator.The terms “interior designer” and “interior decorator” are often used interchangeably, but these professions differ in profound ways. An Interior designer's job is both an art, and a science. In addition to delivering designs that are creative and offer technical solutions, that are functional, dynamic, and meet the needs of the clients, designs must also be code compliant and advocate environmental sustainability. A decorators job is the selection of colors, harmonizing textures & finishes, and furnishing or accessorizing of a space. Interior Designers require formal education, while decorators do not. Simply put, Interior Designers may decorate, but Decorators do not design; and when planning your project it is best to know the difference to make sure you hire the right person for the job.

No.4 Finally, when should I hire an Interior Designer?

If you've read up until now, then you already know the answer is: When you want to start planning your project. However, a designer can technically join the team at any stage in the game. It boils down to whether or not the designer you're inquiring about offers the services you need, is interested in joining a project that has already begun, and of course, experience.