WHERE TO START FOR A WHOLE HOUSE REMODEL
So you’re ready to remodel your Naples or Boca Raton home. Although it is a huge undertaking to do even one room, never mind the entire house, it’s also a time of excitement and realizing your dreams for the true potential of your luxury high-end home. The most important component of a smooth remodel process is a strong start, and that includes input from a professional interior designer such as a member of our award-winning interior design team here at Clive Daniel Home.
It is easy to underestimate the sheer number of details that you will need to cover, such as establishing a budget, timeline, and going through material selections that will work for your Naples or Boca Raton home. Besides a licensed home builder, having an experienced interior designer on board gives you the opportunity to pass construction details on to those with familiarity in this area and countless remodel projects already under their belt. The majority of the pressure is off, and all you have to do is sit back, watch the progress, do a final walk-through, and then enjoy your fresh update!
It’s important that you and your designer agree what your home will look like post-remodel. A thorough discussion of the following will help solidify your shared vision before diving in.
The margin of error is reduced when working with a designer, so the investment is more likely to yield a better result
First consider the aesthetics in order to create an atmosphere that best reflects the way your family functions throughout the day. Remedy areas where your home is not meeting your needs. Open up spaces that are tight or cramped. Make sure to write down your plans for each room in your house.
Go through your luxury high-end home and take inventory of what you like or don’t like. Make sure to include every piece and part of your home. This will help moving forward much easier.
Create a catalogue, paper or digital, that includes all your notes related to the whole house remodeling project. Include pages of magazines or screenshots that discuss ideas you like.
Designer Donna Hoffman agrees, sharing for Forbes Magazine, “Get a designer onto your team sooner than you think so they can guide you about what to ask and how to speak with builders and architects.” Designers can also help with the bidding and negotiation process. “Using their input,” Hoffman asserts, homeowners are able to procure bids complete with accurate materials allowances so there are no surprise overage invoices mid-way through a project or at the end.” Naples and Boca Raton homeowners especially will find that interior design services often end up paying for themselves.
You also want to avoid costly mistakes.
“There is something to be said for measuring twice and ordering once,” says Los Angeles-based designer Kate Lester. “The margin of error is reduced when working with a designer, so the investment is more likely to yield a better result.” Think for moment about all the extra time and cost of buying, trying and returning for your luxury high-end home remodel when a designer would have caught it in the first place. Your interior designer can coordinate details with all involved like vendors, contractors, and architects, to ensure that all parts are flowing smoothly into the remodel timeline.
Another aspect of an interior designer’s training is knowing when and how to repurpose what is already there. That old sofa? You may be so used to seeing it you’re ready to replace it, but its shape may be timeless and a designer can suggest to reupholster with a luxury high-end fabric like Fortuny for a gorgeous new look that fits perfectly into your new décor. It will also be ready for staging should it come time to sell.
If you’re ready to start your whole home remodel, a member of our Clive Daniel Home interior design team can help you bring your vision to life.