Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
If there is one thing I see consistently over the years, is that bad things happen to good people on a good team with good intentions when they begin a new construction project without a plan.
Believe me, it's take more than a wish and a dream to complete a design project successfully - it takes action! So take a breath, say a prayer and then take these five steps to clarify your vision and maintain control of your project before meeting with your General Contractor or Architect....
Step 1: Have a solid, detailed, unified plan!!!! The more details you have in your plan, the better for YOU! You'll have less misunderstandings, less surprises, and less stress throughout your project. Now, I'm not talking about handing a few magazine photos to your builder and saying, 'build me this'. Why? because that is not a plan, it's an inspiration photo (hand them to me instead) if you want an 'apples to apples' quote for your project, you'll need to be able to accurately communicate specifics about those 'apples' to your builder. When you hand him a pretty magazine pictures he may not be able to tell if you want gala apples or honey crisp. And as any apple lover knows, there is a difference. Same with all the design details and decisions that need to be made for your project. There are hundreds if not thousands of design decisions that need to be made. And....they all build off of each other. If you do not have a plan that communicates what you want and how you want it, the chances are he will create his own low ball plan that will 'seal' the deal quickly but leave you stuck with 'apples' that fit into his 'allowances' package.
Step 2: Break the plan down room by room and actually layout the furniture to make sure it will meet your lifestyle and traffic needs. Do not settle for 'placeholders'!! The electrical and HVAC systems will impact where you can place your furniture so take a proactive stance here too and give educated, practical direction instead of incurring expensive design do overs.
Step 3: Do not overdesign, overbuild or overspend in relation to the land or surrounding property values. You don't want to have the best house in a neighborhood that limits your home's value and worth and you don't want to overdesign in a home that might sit on the market for months holding you hostage.
Step 4: Focus on Timeless instead of trendy! I know that you think that you're going to live in that new space forever but statistics show that forever homes are sold about every eight years just like other homes. This means that your expensive dream home of today may look like the dated fixer upper of tomorrow! Know how to prioritize and how to use those elements you love while still building a dream home that looks both beautiful and timeless!
Step 5: Don't let a builder, in-house "design consultant" or next door neighbor drive your style! I've found over and over again that most people don't know their style so they are led all over the place! I have heard so many stories of design disasters as a result of this (which is actually a large part of my business). So, don't let this happen to you! You have a style as unique and tasteful as you are and my specialty is helping my clients find it and define it in a way that tells their story beautifully!
Are you getting ready to begin a new construction or design project and need some help with your vision and your plan? Then say a prayer and get in the game by sending me email here!
Beautiful design and architecture is a language. And I'd love to help you discover and define the grammar to develop and communicate your style and plan a successful project!
Until next time...many blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26),
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Welcome to my personal design notebook. If you already know me, then you know my mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease. During this journey with her, I realized how important it was to keep a record of the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)