Claire Aumont our resident property expert from estate agent Monde Avenir answers this month’s hot property question.
I’d like to get some help doing up my place. What can I expect from an interior designer?
If you already know the interior designer you plan to use, it’s still good to ask firstly how they will charge you – either a flat fee agreed in advance or a percentage of the total cost of the project.
The second thing to understand is how they plan to work with you through the different stages of an interior design project. I’ve outlined them below and what you should expect at each stage.
Step 1: Defining the brief
The professional designer must dedicate sufficient time in understanding you, the other space users (that is your partner and your children if you have any – if they are young or if they are teenagers), the space you currently have and the space you need. It is only when all wishes, constraints and other needs are discussed and clearly understood than the interior designer can start thinking about what improvements you may consider. You should expect to be interviewed at great length!
Step 2: Choosing a design
The interior designer will then suggest to you one or several proposals (in the form of visual renderings) and you must ask yourself honestly which one answers your brief – remember you want the maximum perfection in the space you have under the constraints you have – be they budget or simply architectural.
The proposal you will approve will then be translated by the interior designer into technical specifications – a list of materials and instructions – for the tradesmen to actually carry out the work.
Step 3: Creating the design
The physical transformation occurs following the instructions of the interior designer and possibly under the supervision of the interior designer. You can also opt to project manage yourself the work. Remember, managing a project yourself can be fun but also stressful.
Step 4: Enjoy your new space!
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