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Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space.

Interior Designer

Interior Designers bring to life an artistic vision for work and living spaces, seeing out a project from conception to creation.

An Interior Designer is not only an advisor to the client, but also to the contractor and tradesmen in their procurement of product layouts, plans and installation of materials chosen for the design scheme.

A professional designer’s minimum task is to:

· Provide accurate advice.

· Define the space and safety performance of the interior,

· Producing plans to demonstrate proposed layouts for clients to review before agreeing

to the design.

· Include schedules of the materials required to procure the design scheme.

Interior Designer work timeline:

I. Outline client design objectives. II. Conceptualize and sketch design plans. III. Determine cost of completion and project requirements in the budgeting phase. IV. Set a timeline for the completion of an interior design project. V. Source materials and products included in plans. VI. Create 'mood boards' to sample your design vision. VII. Utilize computer applications in the design process.

VIII. Inspect design after completion to determine whether client goals have beenmet.

Design plans are to be cognizant of safety and functionality requirements and maintain a strict adherence to building codes and regulatory standards.

House renovation checklist – Ø Assessing the property Ø Period features Ø Costing your renovation Ø Checking renovation restrictions Ø Planning consents and bat surveys Ø Designing your renovation Ø Scheduling the works Ø Sorting insurance and safety Ø Protecting the site from theft Ø Assessing the building's condition Ø Briefing neighbors and builders Ø Building work Ø First fix Ø Second fix Ø Finishing touches and tidying up Myths about Interior Designers:

1. Myth: You pay them to do things you could do yourself

That’s the biggest misconception! It’s true that many people are gifted with a good eye for color, design, decoration and form etc. They can design spaces amazingly well but there are a lot of valuable proponents which only an Interior Designer can provide. For example, Designers regularly attend events, fairs and showrooms you have no access to. At the same time, they follow trends you have no time for and they have access to professional help in case they get stuck with ideas.

Their degrees guarantee they know a lot about Interior Design, and they have the practice, expertise and knowledge you lack even if you’ve designed amazing projects in the past.

2. Myth: They charge a lot of money

Designers make concept based plans, aimed at accomplishing goals without surpassing financial restrictions given to them. However, they charge a good consultation fees which depends upon many factors.

In case they come up with something too expensive, you can explain them your constraints and get the plan changed.

Besides, plans are temporary, almost everything can be changed as we go along, before reaching the final destination.

3. Myth: Interior Design is just about ‘Decorating’

No. Setting up a space is the key to make that space useful, attractive and better. Interior Designing goes deep into making a space useful in terms of its layout. Interior Design provides function, comfort and a feeling that promotes usefulness of space.

4. Myth: They Won’t Reflect Client’s Taste

A good designer would never let their own tastes mesh or take over a client’s taste. Before any project begins, a designer will sit with you and learn all your wants and needs. Only after a clear image has been created and approved will they then create your space. Yes, YOUR space. In the end a design should reflect who you are.

5. Myth: My Modest Home Is Not Worthy Of Design

Every home deserves a great design, no matter how small or how big. While it may seem that design is only for the rich and famous, it is simply not true. Design can be affordable to everyone and even the smallest budgets can create a well-designed home.

This multi- faced profession is not simply a flair as many assume, but requires practical training and years of experience.

Benefits of having an Interior Designer in renovation project:

Many people wonder whether they need an interior designer to remodel their homes or can they save money by not doing so. The problem with this approach is that going at it alone often results in people spending more time, effort, and money than they intended. While the services of interior designers are an added expense to your home renovation project it can also save you a lot of money, also get the best deal for you money and grief in the long run as well as add value to your house.

The cost to hire an interior designer is far less than what it would cost to fix remodeling mistakes.

A. Professional Eye

Before you start ripping up carpet, painting walls, or shopping for a new sectional, you need a design plan. A designer creates a realistic idea of what should be done, how long it will take, and cost. Bringing a professional on board will make sure that you utilize your time and budget as efficiently as possible. A designer be familiar with the order in which steps should take place, and recognize changes that should be made. A trained eye is an invaluable resource to have at your fingertips, especially when it comes to making your home as beautiful and comfortable as possible. B. Create a Clear Vision

Have you ever started a home improvement project with one design in mind only to change your vision? Or perhaps you are overwhelmed by all of the attractive options you see online. It makes it difficult to narrow down what exactly you’re looking for. An interior designer will be able to help you establish a concrete image of what you want from the space that you’re upgrading. A good designer will be able to help you define your style and taste, while also incorporating your unique personality into each detail of the room. C. A Liaison

Redesigning an area of your home often means working closely with contractors, architects, electricians, and more. An interior designer will be much more familiar with the jargon that comes with conveying what exactly you’re hoping to accomplish. Having an advocate to clearly communicate with other home improvement professionals is the secret to avoiding any unnecessary mistakes.

D. Better Resources

Most people don’t work in the home improvement arena on a regular basis. Because of this, they likely don’t have the numbers of a trusted plumber, contractor, and painter in their back pocket. Do you know who will? A professional designer. Good designers work with other home improvement professionals every day. As if this weren’t enough, designers will also have access to home products that would be difficult for the general public to get their hands on, such as fabrics and home accessories. This will result in a room that looks stylish and unique, rather than one that could have been picked off the floor of an ordinary retail store.

E. Cost-Effective

It may sound counter-intuitive, but hiring a designer will likely save you money. Trying to pull a room together on your own can often result in amateur mistakes. For example, furniture that doesn’t fit properly, the wrong shade of paint, poor lighting choices, etc. These mishaps can really add up, costing you unnecessary time, effort, and expense. Better yet, if you’re on a tight budget, a seasoned designer will know exactly where to cut corners or find a bargains. They will also be able to help you make decisions that could increase the value of your home if you plan to sell it one day.

F. Accountability

Have you ever started a project that you were sure would only take a certain amount of time and money, only to see that it took twice as long, cost twice as much, or worse yet, never got finished? Working with a professional designer will help you stay on track, on budget, and ensure that your project gets accomplished. This way, no matter how busy life gets, you have someone as invested in your renovation as you are.

G. Beautiful Results

At the end of the day, there is one reason to hire a designer: beautiful results. Enjoying a room that is comfortable, functional, and attractive will surely make the redesigning process worth the effort; the trouble is achieving those results. Finding furniture that flows, balancing color schemes and

textures, enhancing the room’s ambiance, and accessorizing appropriately is an art form. So why not hire the artist? Interior designers are worth investing in.

As ‘designer’ one will have strong views as to the methods of construction used and the overall standards employed in constructing the development. It’s fair to also presume that the designers have firm views relating to the quality of fixtures and fittings and that these items will be to a certain quality, complementing overall design package.


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