In your search for the perfect remodeling contractor, you’ll come across a significant difference between them. Some contractors are Design-Build firms, and some are not. You might start to wonder what the difference is and why it matters to your project’s success. While there are a lot of differences between these two types of remodeling companies, one of the major differences, and what we’ll be focusing on today, is the presence of an in-house professional designer.
At first, you might not think that’s a big deal. After all, you know what you like; you can just pick out the selections for your project yourself. However, this might be one of the homeowners’ biggest mistakes when remodeling their homes. Here are the reasons why you want an in-house designer on your team when planning a home remodel project.
They Will Save You Money
This might sound impossible when looking at the price difference between a Design-Build firm and other contractors. With a designer on your team, you’ll be able to save money by avoiding costly mistakes. They’ll know what elements should or should not be added to a home, so instead of having to fix an error later down the road, you’ll be happy with the end result the first time.
Keep You in Budget
When your designer knows your budget, they’ll be able to narrow down your choices, so you’re not tempted to overspend on a selection that’s out of your predetermined price range. There are many things to select and choose when remodeling your home, and within each category, there are enough options to fill warehouses. A professional designer will take your style and your budget and give you a handful of options to choose from. This keeps your wallet safe and your decisions limited.
They Will Save You Time
As we mentioned above, there are endless options for lighting, faucets, countertops, light switches, paint colors, cabinet designs, and more. Without a professional designer, you’d have to sort through all those yourself. This would take up a lot of time and cause a great deal of frustration and decision fatigue. With a professional designer, they can learn your style and narrow those choices down, and even make suggestions as to which option you should go with.
Help You Stay In Your Style
One of the biggest mistakes we see homeowners make when they don’t have a designer is not staying within their desired style. For example, it’s easy to say you want a modern-style kitchen, but it can be hard to know which item will suit the space best when shopping for selections. We also tend to buy things we like without considering how they’ll affect the overall look of the area. For example, that bright blue tile might be stunning, but doesn’t it suit your more traditional style bathroom? A professional designer can hold the desired style in their head and help guide you to options that will flow together ideally to create that magazine-worthy look in the end.
They Speak Contractor
Trying to communicate your dream kitchen to a contractor can feel overwhelming. You’re not sure about the terminology, and the vibe you’re going for is less concrete than what they need to be able to understand it and build it. A professional designer is a perfect liaison between your dreams and the people who can build them. They’ll walk through all the selections with you and translate those nuanced feelings you’re looking for into a language that a contractor can then draw and build. This takes the pressure off you, and you just get to have fun selecting the items for your space and dreaming up how you want everything to look!
They Have Friends in the Industry
You can easily visit a tile showroom and spend an afternoon perusing the aisles, looking at all the beautiful tiles. But with a designer by your side, they’ll be able to take you into shops you might not have known about or bring samples to your home, so you don’t have to feel swallowed whole by the cabinet hardware aisle. Designers work with distributors and tile professionals, and toilet designs every day. They have friends in the business and will lead you through the process at a personalized level that you won’t get by visiting these places on your own.
Ensure Your Space is Pretty and Functional
Maybe you think an interior designer is just there to make a space look nice, but that’s not true. A good professional designer will also ensure your space is functional. They’ll talk through how you use the space daily, how you’d like to use the room, and what activities are going on in different areas. Then they’ll be able to take your lifestyle and your aesthetic and create a beautiful and functional space that you and your family can enjoy in every aspect.
As a Design-Build firm, McDermott Remodeling can offer you the personalization and comfort a professional designer can bring. We think it’s one of the key elements that sets us apart from other contractors. Remodeling a home, no matter how small the project, can feel like a long journey, but with a designer there to guide you, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the experience.
Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.