3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Meeting Your Interior Designer
The time has finally arrived for you to create your first dream home. As you get on with the renovation process eagerly, you may soon start to regret some of the choices you made hastily or certain decisions which you haven’t given much thought on.
If you are looking to renovate your home for the first time, here are 3 pointers worth pondering about before even setting up your first date with your Interior Designers.
Question #1: Needs analysis
There is nothing more important in a home than to be able to meet the current and future needs of the occupiers. Who are the people staying and what are their individual needs? Some considerations might be that the design may require the home to be childproof or elderly friendly. Prevention would help to eliminate unintentional injuries and keeping your families safe at home. Do bear in mind that as you progress with your lives, ask yourself what do you see yourself in years to come and then make accommodations for them. After identifying your needs, consider which areas of the home might be able to provide for them. A well thought out space planning can only be done after uncovering your concerns.
Question #2: Choice of theme
What kind of design style fits your own personality and taste? Define your home’s unique character by creating an awesome living space of your own. Take the time to browse through different interior design styles and create a mood board. This would allow your Interior Designer to understand you visually and helps to formulate all of your ideas at one glance. Knowing your ideal theme will also subsequently help to decide on the colour palette and choice of furnishings. Do not be carried away by popular trends or listen to your Interior Designer blindly. Ultimately this is your home and you should invest in something that you really love.
Question #3: Deciding on the budget
What is a comfortable amount for you to invest in your new home? Renovation cost is one of the few big ticket items that couples will have to spend on. It is important to do proper financial planning and ensure that you stay within your budget. However, be realistic when it comes to setting your budget and packages that are seemingly cheap may have several hidden cost. Compare between several companies to have a good sense of what it might reasonably cost given the works required to be done up. After deciding on your budget, stick to it and do not be sway by designers that mention your homes will only be nice with astronomical investment amounts. It may also help that you do set aside a contingent fund on top of the planned budget if there might be additional items that you would like to add on along the course of the renovation process.
The first step to building a great home is to be clear about what you want. A designer will never be able to define your lifestyle needs, theme preference or the right budget to work on. With these 3 questions in mind, you will be better prepared to get started in planning for your first home.
“A designer will never be able to define your lifestyle needs, theme preference or the right budget to work on.”
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