Contractors, Subs & Permits

Contractors, Subs & Permits

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Finally, the 7th good reason for why hiring an interior designer can save you money.

A well established designer should have a good team built of several good options for finding contractors and subs.  Trying to find a contractor that will remove a wall for you, being aware of which walls are load bearing and which are not, can be challenging for a client that isn’t familiar with the field.  It is helpful to have a variety of options that are reliable, good resources.

The same goes for subcontractors.  Carpet layers, tile-setters, electricians, painters, plumbers and flooring subs can be difficult to find, especially during the warmer months when building and remodeling is at its peak.  How do you really know how talented, experienced or honest a subcontractor is?  Many interior designers will have a good list of subs that they have worked with, know their work ethic well and highly recommend.  Just the savings in time and headaches is worth it to have such recommendations that are qualified.

Last of all, when is a permit needed and when is it not?  How do you pull a permit, etc.?  These are all questions a good designer should be able to answer for you.  Rules and regulations in a city are abundant in this day and age —- so please make sure you’ve got your back covered.

Hopefully, these 7 blogs on “Why Hiring An Interior Designer Can Help You Save Money”, have been helpful for you.


Designer Discounts & Abundant Product Options

Designer Discounts & Abundant Product Options

Photo by Kimberly Kay Interiors

Welcome to the 6th good reason for hiring an interior designer.

Many don’t realize the abundant resources that are made available to designers through designer discounts and “To the Trade” programs. The furniture and design industry has realized the impact that a professional designer’s eye has had on society. They have reached out to us and set up wonderful programs to make their products available in new ways.

Not only do designers receive great discounts on retail items like Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel, to name a few — but there are hundreds of thousands of smaller furniture companies withe American made furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs and decor that have chosen not to produce large quantities for retail sale — but instead produce on a smaller scale to designers only. These are companies you would never see or hear about because they are exclusive to our industry as designers. The savings and custom fabric choices in these lines is well worth it and a choice that many don’t ever realize is available.

Before settling for a retail store or a cheap Wayfair product, try checking with your local designer to see what excellent pricing they can help you with as well as their professional eye of experience.

Furniture & Spatial Planning

Furniture & Spatial Planning

This week I’d like to share some tips on how to fit the right amount of furniture to your room size.  I call this “spatial planning”. Spatial planning can be difficult for a lot of people. If you’ve ever felt that you’re horrible at gauging the right size Tupperware to put some leftovers in—then spatial planning a room will definitely challenge you.  Here are a few tips that can help.

1.Remember that your furniture should take up a maximum of 60% of the whole room as well as 60% of the floor space.  If it’s less than that, your room won’t feel quite right. It will look incomplete, unbalanced and probably a little scanty.  If there’s MORE then 60% it will end up feeling cluttered and crowded.

2. Draw up a floor plan.  Measuring your room and drawing up a plan can be very helpful. Again, this may not be an easy thing for some people – but if you can figure it out, it will definitely help.  You can then cut out some pieces of paper that are the size of your furniture. Of course this will all need to be at the same scale. As you rearrange the furniture papers, it is important to remember things like your flow of traffic, TVs, fireplaces, etc. – while at the same time finding the 60% balance.

3. A good interior designer should have access to this kind of planning help and will be able to help you with balancing your furniture to room size, provide a good floor plan with furniture options to scale, not to mention the right style of furniture, colors, stains and fabrics, so that the whole room flows together.  There is definitely something to “spatial talent” that some have and some just don’t.

4. Finally – not all interior designers can provide a perspective drawing – but if you find someone who does, it will make a world of difference!  There is nothing like being able to envision a change to a room.

Floor Plan to Scale