In the current economic climate, I am having a lot of requests to keep things as cost effective as possible, which is something I do with every project anyway.
The fact of the matter is there is a lot that can be done on the client end, and knowing those things ahead of time puts you in a lot more control of how much you will spend.
Here are some areas where you can control your costs:
1. RESEARCH YOUR PROJECT COSTS:
Whether you are likely to design a living room or fully remodel your kitchen, you need to do some homework to determine a reasonable budget. One helpful resource is Remodeling Magazine’s annual “cost versus value” report on some of the most popular remodeling projects. The most recent report is accessible on the magazine web site. A knowledgeable Interior Designer should also be able to advise you on costs from mid-range to high-end projects.
2. INVEST IN THE BEST THE FIRST TIME:
It is easy when you are doing it yourself to buy gap pieces. You know when you don’t have time to find the right piece, so you just put any piece in place with the idea that you’ll eventually replace it. This is expensive in the long run because you will end up spending twice or more as much as you would have if you chose the best piece in the first place.
I worked with a client who had a dining room table without chairs for a year before he hired me, because he couldn’t decide what chairs to buy. During that year, he didn’t invite a date to his apartment because he was embarrassed not having chairs to sit on!!
So, before you do anything hire a professional to help you and get the right and best pieces the first time. There are also many technical considerations to take into account aside from creating a beautiful unified look. From creating a concept to drafting plans and selecting proper materials and furnishes, design professionals know the best resources and have access to sources that aren’t available to the general public. Designers are also entitled to a discount that consumers are not privy to and that will save you money on your furniture.
3. FIND THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR:
Construction costs can be expensive and costly if the project is not handled correctly. When selecting a contractor, make sure he is a licensed and insured professional. Your designer can save you time and money by recommending professionals with integrity who will provide services for a reasonable price and deliver the project on time within budget.
As always, I hope these recommendations will inspire you. Just be creative, enjoy the process and have fun with it!