There is a lot to consider when building your own home. You need to deal with the architect in the first instance to create the design of your dreams, and then get planning consent before you can even hire a contractor to take care of the build.
A self-build can be incredibly stressful and can often take longer and cost more than originally anticipated. It is hardly surprising therefore that many self-builders will look to make savings along the way. This means that you might be consider foregoing a professional interior design in a bid to save money. However, there are many benefits to hiring an interior designer for your project. In fact, they say that using an interior designer might even save you money in the long run.
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Why Hire an Interior Designer?
Hiring an interior designer to help with the décor of your self-build can be a terrific way to ensure you get the finish you want, particularly if you are not creatively minded and are not sure what type of furniture and fixtures will look good in your new home.
Interior designers have access to software programs that can bring their designs to life and allow you to see what your fully furnished home will look like. They will also be able to provide you with sample boards so that you can choose the materials you love.
Something that many forget about is the fact that interior designers often have access to trade prices, so can help you to find top quality materials at reduced prices.
The expertise of an interior designer should not be underestimated. Those who don’t use them when designing the interior of their self-build homes often say it as a mistake further down the line. Without their skills and knowledge of what works in certain spaces, there is a high chance that you will choose and pay for furniture that just doesn’t look right. Imagine paying thousands of dollars for a top of the range sofa and then hating it because it doesn’t fit well within the space you have. That would almost certainly spoil the look of your new home and leave you feeling disheartened and upset.
If you don’t have creative flair but want your home to look stunning, then hiring an interior designer is well worth the expense. They will work with you to help you discover which materials and styles you love. Then they will ensure that these are incorporated into your home, helping you to design a completely unique interior that you will be proud to call your home.
Finding the Right Interior Designer
If you have decided to work with an interior designer, there are several options open to you. It is likely that your architect or building contractor will know the names of some good designers and so can put you in touch.
You can also search online to find local interior designers. Many will have a website with an online portfolio showcasing their work. Before you decide on a designer, ask for references from past clients. Most will not have a problem providing these references. If they do, then it is best to look elsewhere.
Remember, the most expensive designers are not always the best. Those with more experience will charge more, but up-and-coming designers just getting started could be more affordable while also providing an excellent service. The best advice when choosing a designer is to pick one you are comfortable with and who will work with you to find a design you love.