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Tips For Building Your Dream Home: Who to hire first

May 8, 2023

Building your dream home is an exciting and rewarding journey that requires careful planning and preparation.  So who do you hire first, and in what order? Do you need all three? Short Answer… yes you need all three. Having an interior designer, architect, and contractor on your team is crucial to achieving the best outcome for your construction project. Think of it as your A team, each with unique skills and expertise that can work together to make your construction dreams a reality. In this blog post, we'll explore the roles and responsibilities of interior designers, architects, and contractors and help you decide who to hire first for your construction project.

Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer

An interior designer brings a unique set of skills to the construction process. They are experts in design, color theory, and space planning and can help you develop a design concept that reflects your vision and preferences. They learn who you are and how you want to live. They think through the space in how you would live daily. Is doing yoga in your shower important to you? Or maybe you are 6’ 7” and need your shower head to be higher than the standard height. Ladies, do you sit or stand putting your makeup on?  Working with an interior designer early in the process ensures that your space is designed to meet your specific needs and preferences and function the way you want to live. Working alongside an architect, an interior designer can help ensure the space is appropriately planned from the interiorand designed to meet your unique needs. This means considering lighting, flow, and views when designing the space. An interior designer can also help ensure you don't have a view of the toilet from your powder bath while sitting on your sofa or any other similar aesthetic challenges.

What Does an Architect Do?

An architect is responsible for designing the structure and layout of your home or building. Typically, they start working from the exterior inwards and collaborate closely with an interior designer to guarantee that the space is thoughtfully planned and designed to cater to your specific requirements. Additionally, an architect can assist you in navigating the intricate realm of building codes and regulations, ensuring your project is safe and structurally sound.

Why Hiring a Contractor is Crucial

Once the design and plans have been finalized, the next step is to bring in a contractor. A contractor is responsible for overseeing the construction process, coordinating with subcontractors, and ensuring that the project is completed on time and within budget while maintaining the highest quality and safety standards.

Having an interior designer work closely with your contractor will ensure that the finished product meets the design vision and the construction process runs smoothly. The interior designer will provide the contractor with detailed drawings, elevations, and specifications for the project and can be a liaison between the contractor and the client, ensuring that your needs and requirements are met throughout the process. During the construction process, the interior designer will also visit the site to oversee the work and communicate any changes or modifications that need to be made to the contractor in real time, helping to avoid delays or costly mistakes.

In conclusion, if you're planning a construction project, it's a good idea to hire an interior designer first; they play a critical role in ensuring your construction project is a success. By working alongside an architect and contractor, an interior designer can help ensure that the space is planned according to your lifestyle, the drawings are accurate, and the aesthetics and functionality of your home are perfectly balanced.  With an interior designer on your team, you can be sure that your home will be designed to meet your specific needs and preferences.

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