We all want our homes to be a showcase of our personal style, but how do we reach this ideal? Often, hiring a designer is the smartest decision you can make. Interior designers serve a purpose for everyone: from the client who has no idea where to begin the process, a client who wants to bring a consistent style to their entire home, or a client who simply doesn’t have the time to execute their vision and desires due to a hectic schedule.
Here are several of the roles a professional designer can play in your design project:
Defining and Managing the Scope
Managing a project’s scope is about maximizing a client’s time, money, and resources. An experienced professional designer carries out the necessary steps towards reaching a client’s end goal. When considering the scope of a design project, it important to keep the following in mind:
- Do all involved parties understand and agree on the scope of the project?
- Is there a project manager to oversee the entire project?
- What resources, time, and money has the client allocated for the project?
- Have suppliers and contractors made the necessary connections in order to keep the project running smoothly?
- Do you have the parties (architect, designer, builder, and landscape architect) needed to have your project completed on time?
Before beginning any project, it is important to consider these questions. If the answer is no to any of these questions, you may want to consider hiring an interior designer to help manage your project.
Allocating and Overseeing Resources
Resources are the people, materials, and equipment that are required to complete a project. The key to managing resources is building and fostering relationships. With over a decade of experience in the construction field, I have developed long-standing relationships with leading suppliers, contractors, and architects. I enjoy working with them, as well as my clients, to keep each project on time and task.
Any occurrence that is not part of the initial scope of a project is a risk. For example, a simple miscalculation might mean that custom-ordered kitchen cabinets don’t fit the space properly or the transposition of numbers leads to the delivery of the wrong fixtures for the master bath. Incidents like this might seem like a one-time thing. However, if a few unfortunate incidents like this occur, a client may suddenly find that their project is significantly over budget.
One of the numerous roles of a professional designer is to prepare for and minimize these risks. By working closely with the entire team, we help identify potential risks and develop a plan to deal with any circumstance that may arrive. By effectively identifying and preparing for risk, a project can stay on time and budget.