THINKING ABOUT REMODELING?
HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
As a professional Interior Designer in Bergen County, New Jersey, I have noticed a big uptick in requests for remodeling homes. People who feel and are isolated in their homes see firsthand just how inefficient their living spaces are. They are exposed to this deficiency every day.
#1. HOW CAN WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER HELP TO SOLVE THESE ISSUES?
Start with the End Game.
What do you want to achieve? What will take away the pain? Is it more counter space to prepare meals? Do you need more pantry to be able to stock up on supplies? Do you need more connectivity?
Work with a Professional to Create a Strategic Plan.
Asking the right questions gets you the right answers. This will lead to a great solution for your needs and a plan you can follow.
#2. HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH THIS PROJECT WILL COST?
The price of products you select for the project can be established in advance. Depending on the scope of the project, you know that you will need a sink, a faucet, a counter, appliances if you are remodeling your kitchen. If you make these selections, add them up and you will know what this portion of the budget will be. Remember, for each item, there are benefits and disadvantages. Also, each item has a wide range of price points. Same for a bathroom.
Your interior designer will guide you through this huge selection process and help you make the best decisions for your needs. It is important to understand that making good decisions now pays off in the future.
#3. SHOULD I INCLUDE NEW TECHNOLOGY WHEN I RE-DO?
Technology advances every day. New things crop up.
Here’s a real-life story:
I remember being in Los Angeles and watching a couple come into the restaurant and pulling an enormous phone out of a large purse. It wasn’t a flip phone. It looked like an old-fashioned dial up phone! They put it on the table and made a phone call to someone, listened for a minute, got up and replaced the phone in the bag. They left, leaving us all astonished as to what just happened. That was the first cellphone I ever saw! Now, we don’t move without our phones and check them almost the entire day!
What is new and shocking to us today, quickly becomes integrated into our lives.
So, let your interior designer help you include the “what’s new” in appliances and other items you think will be helpful to you in the future and whether the cost is worth it. What experience will enhance your living experience?
#4. WHAT ARE THE ITEMS ON PEOPLE’S WISHLIST NOW?
In a special survey of homeowners, people were asked to list in order of preference what they would most like if they were remodeling in their homes. Here’s how it resulted:
–Full scale kitchen and bath remodeling
–Storage-making the most of every inch
–Larger kitchen islands
–Designated landing area for outside deliveries and unloading groceries
–Wellness-home hygiene: antimicrobial counters, handles and appliances
–Low maintenance materials
–Indoor air filtration
–More comfort, safety, and style
If you have been looking around and think there is room for improvement in your home, give us a call. We are happy to help!