Lytton Park Project. Photo by Stephani Buchman.
I love being an Interior Designer.
I get to meet interesting people, my job is different every day, and I get to create beautiful spaces. I love beautiful things and everyday I get to work with gorgeous fabrics, furniture, tiles, flooring and colour. Lots of colour! I give my clients 110% each and every day. I mean, who else gets really excited by a fabulous toilet?? That service and attention to detail, is what makes me very good at my job. I love turning my clients’ dreams into reality.
There is one thing that I absolutely know for sure – when it comes to design, construction, renovation, custom work, fabric and furniture YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Always. No exceptions.
People think that they are getting a deal if they hire a cheap contractor. No, you are not. You are getting cheap construction. It is that simple.
Your home is important, and it should be. You should only be hiring professionals who are exactly that – professional. Make the commitment to do the project brilliantly. Do it properly. Only use quality product, quality materials, and hire qualified contractors and trades to work on your home.
I have seen it over and over again where clients think that they will save a few bucks, cut some corners, and hire the cheapest guy out there to renovate the bathroom, or the kitchen, or the basement. This ALWAYS ends in disaster. In truth, the client saves no money, as often the budget contractor has under estimated his costs, only provides a labour quote, and ultimately has to go back to the client for more money. Plus, the client has to run around and buy all their own materials. This is not efficient, productive, or professional. You are not saving money this way, trust me.
The estimate for your project, when you use a Designer and a reputable Contractor, should include your material costs. The Designer and the Contractor should be responsible for procuring all materials and finishes. This way, proper deliver and installation schedules and timelines can be met. A proper estimate is given after the concept and the creative work is done by the Designer. Only then, will your pricing be accurate. Do not “go rogue” on your Designer, by thinking you can save a few dollars by purchasing things yourself, installing things yourself, or making colour choices yourself. Work with your Designer to get the end result that you want.
What I know for sure is that everyone wants their home to be beautiful.
What I know for sure is that achieving that dream takes hard work, and a lot of skill and expertise. Hiring a Designer and a great contractor will not only ensure the smooth success of the project, but will also make for a very happy client.