Interior Designer or Decorator… how to choose? Part 1
The Vancouver real estate market has changed and with it the construction industry. This change has caused many people to stay in their homes and take more economical options like renovating. Renovating the home can be an overwhelming task to start and execute and is why and Interior designer can be your best resource.
Let’s start with discussing the difference between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator as this gets confused often.
- Post-construction phase
- Finishing touches
- Home Staging
- Furnishings and textural finishes
- Pre-construction phase
- Drawings (layouts, finishing, electrical, plumbing, etc)
- Finish selections (hard finishes, appliances, fixtures, plumbing, etc)
- Cabinet layouts
- The flow of the home and how the people function in it
- Standard sizing/heights/placement of fixed pieces (ie: plumbing/lighting/etc)
How do I know if I need an interior designer?
Researching ideas, materials and meeting trades will take a lot of time. Hiring an interior designer will help narrow choices down quickly and give detailed instructions to the trades. D
Many people are uncertain about their style. Designers are experts in drawing out your tastes and giving you a home you’ll love.
Size of the project? Larger projects have a lot of detail and are almost a necessity to hire a designer. Consider your capacity to handle the project.
Will there be many finishes and fixtures? Trades typically require detailed drawings. The tile installer knows will want the tile pattern and if there is in-floor heat etc. An electrician needs to know what he is wiring and mounting and how much voltage needed. The plumber needs to know the placement of fixtures on the floor and walls. Without this detail, things might get missed causing a costly fix.
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