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An interior designer is your best choice if you’re working on a remodel and require guidance beyond aesthetics. They can help you redesign your space from the ground up, as well as navigating day-to-day details like working with contractors.

Education: To become an interior designer, you need to go through formal training. It’s usually either a two-year or four-year program. In some areas, designers may have to pass an exam to become registered with their local governing body, though this is not always the case with an Interior Decorator.

Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things*. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

If you’re building or remodeling a home, an interior designer will do it all. She or he will consider your rooms critically, considering the structure, the light, and each area’s purpose, and then guide you through the entire process, from blueprints to the finished product. This includes obtaining permits, adhering to local building codes, working with an architect, and hiring and coordinating contractors, painters, plumbers, and electricians. Most interior designers have formal training or a degree in design and may be members of a professional organization such as the American Society of Interior Designers.

Before hiring an Interior Designer, the best ways to create a budget for your next design project are:

#1 Come up with a dollar amount you want to spend on your project

#2 Create a “Wish List”

#3 Determine your “Wants and Needs”

#4 Consider working on your project in “Phases”

Letting the designer know what you can afford will help achieve what you want to meet your budget. 

Because their knowledge, expertise, and guidance can help prevent costly mistakes.

Because they know how to work with architects and contractors.

They have established contact with skilled trades people.

They supervise your project to completion, smoothly and on time.

Because a professional will save you countless hours of shopping, after all, they have access to a wide range of domestic and foreign resources.

Because they can help you define and enhance your own distinctive style.

Because interior designers can make the most of what you have and do the required research to find what you need.

Because they are trained to make the most of available spaces and to create the traffic patterns and furniture arrangements that make daily living functional, safe, comfortable and easy.

 

What is the meaning of "To the Trade"?

The phrase "To the Trade" means that Design Centers or Show Rooms distribute their products exclusively through the services of interior design professionals, rather than selling directly to the public. "To the Trade" is the term that separates the consumer from a wholesale purchase. It defines what "kind" of sale it is. "To the Trade" services and products are supposed be sold and marketed only to Professional Interior Designers, some Decorators and some Architects.

Will the project add resale value to my home?

If your focus is on increasing the resale value of your residence, an interior designer can give you the inside scoop on what remodels will add the most value. Furthermore, professionally designed houses stand out from the crowd, making them easier to sell in a competitive housing market. Since many homeowners face the grief of having their dwelling sit on the market for years, it may be worth your time to hire an interior designer. Interior designers know how to make your sanctuary shine, so you can increase the showings and sales for your house.

Here is a list of typical cost associated with a design or remodel project.

Material Costs:

Flooring: ceramic tile, carpet, stained concrete slab, woods, vinyl’s, porcelains, natural stones. (labor varies by type, pattern and size.)

Wall covering: paint, wallpaper, faux finish, wainscoting, wood panel, molding detail.

Ceiling: paint, moldings, tin ceiling, wallpaper, stucco, decorative inlays.

Lighting: task, decorative, pots and fixtures.

Fixtures: faucets, toilets, hardware, fireplaces.  

New additions: new walls, conceptual architectural elements, millwork and built-ins.

Material Costs

Window treatments: blinds, curtains, shades, decorative or functional.

Furniture: tables, sofa, chairs, etc.

Decorative accessories: artwork, mirrors, pictures, sculpture

Additional Budget Considerations

Delivery costs

Shipping fees

Out of pocket expenses

Demolition & removal

Labor costs

Design Consulting Fees

Applicable taxes